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Causes Of Cold Sores On My Hands
I get cold sores, what is the likely hood of spreading that to the gentitles of someone just through hand contact?
1: Go to your local pharmacist who will help you select the best remedy.
2: Don't have hand contact till your cold sores are gone. ...Read more
If I get cold sores, what is the likely hood that I would spread it to someone's gentitles from hand contact with their gentitles?
No risk, no worries: Modified reply: I first thought you worried about infecting your own genitals. Your partner is not at risk; HSV is rarely if ever transmitted by hand-genital contact. The only way to transmit your oral herpes to someone is to kiss or perform oral sex on them when the virus is present. To be maximally safe with hand-genital contact, wash hands first -- but really no worries even if you don't. ...Read more
My son's nanny gets cold sores... How likely is it that she could pass it to my son when she changes his diaper if she forgets to wash her hands?
None: You son will not get col sores in the areas the genital area and butt even if the area is touch without hands being washed. Cold sores are very specific in the area where the form. Cold sores as we know them form on the wet dry line of the lip. ...Read more
Can you transmit cold sores via inanimate objects (toys, shirt collars)? If you don't wash hands, touch something and a toddler then touches it?
Wet myself Held vag through wet clothing Didn't wash hands before. I get cold sores don't have one now Was on mobile before incident Risk genitalherp?
Mom has cold sores and touches everything without washing her hands after, like clean clothes, objects etc, can I get herpes from this? Sorry
Yes.: Usually it takes somewhat intimate contact such as kissing however if her hand was contaminated and she touched the glass and you drank from it it is possible to catch the infection. Talk to her about this and have her wash her hands frequently. ...Read more
How long does the hand foot and mouth disease usually last? And will all the cold sores go away at once or little over time?
About a week: HFM is a viral infection that causes blisters on palms, soles and in the mouth. Can be associated with moderate fever. The ulcers in the mouth will fade at different rates. Drink cool liquids, soft foods like pudding, yogurt, ice cream. Avoid acids like Orange Juice. Annoying but usually a self limiting condition. Tylenol (acetaminophen) can also help with the pain. ...Read more
My boyfriend had cold sores on his lips, while having sex he sometimes would spit in his hand touching his lips and rub it on my vagina, can I get it?
Yes you can: That is a sure way to give a girlfriend genital herpes. Such a couple should together go to the girlfriend's Primary or Ob-Gyn doctor for her STD screening, and discussion on STD's, how they affect women, their sex lives, and their future babies. If lucky so far, she has not caught it yet. Also, if she already has the same strain of herpes as he has, then she would not catch the same strain again. ...Read more
I picked at my cold sore and then touched my vagina. I put rubbing alcohol all over my vagina, what do I do now? I've had cold sores all my life, and rarely washed my hands before wiping, touching, etc. But haven't come up with genital herpes.
Stop Picking!: If you have recurrent cold sores, you may benefit from being on long term prophylactic (preventative) anti-viral agent (such as valcyclovir).. Don't pick your cold sores (it will only spread the virus) and don't ever use alcohol around the vagina. You're at increased risk of spreading the virus to other parts of your body and your partner's body, so please consult your md for further evaluation. ...Read more
My infant was kissed on her hand by someone with a history of cold sores (no active sore). She put her hand in her mouth; could she contracted hsv-1?
An older infant?: Actually, the majority of the population has had hsv-1 oral herpes already. We try not to spread obvious germs, so people with cold sores shouldn't kiss until the sores are gone. With young babies, it's best to avoid getting infections from other people. After a baby is older and stronger, such as at the toddler age, getting an hsv-1 infection causes mouth and gum sores, but the toddlers recover. ...Read more
Can herpes appear other places than lips mouth eyes and genitals? I get cold sores on my lips often but now I have had breakout on hands arms back
Yes: Herpes can appear throughout the body. Common infection of the skin or mucosa may affect the face and mouth (orofacial herpes), genitalia (genital herpes), hands (herpetic whitlow), eye (herpes keratitis) and even brain (herpes encephalitis). Please consult your physician to make sure that you do not have a spread of herpatic infection. ...Read more
I have a small cold sore. This is the second one IV had. I keep messing with it. I didn't wash my hands. Does this mean I will have them down there?
No but possible: Washing your hands is a great a day to prevent possibility of spread from mouth to genital. Without hand washing spread may occur, especially if the blister has ruptured, increasing the exposure. ...Read more
My friend has a cold sore she touched a mirror with her hands. Today I touched the mirror and then touched myself seconds after. Can I get herpes?
Yes: But not from the mirrorGet a more detailed answer ›
Almost: You have to dry your hand also. ...Read more
Handwashing: Wash your hands for 30-60 seconds with warm soap and water- be sure to completely dry your hands after. ...Read more
Can I get herpes from a handshake if I have cracked hands and someone was picking at their cold sore?
Can you get herpes from holding hands with someone who has a cold sore if you have a damaged cuticle?
I have what looks like a cold sore on the back of hand no pain at all abreva seems to help but still there 6 days?
How likely is it that I would get herpes from a handshake if I have cracked hands and someone was picking at their cold sore?
My boyfriend touched his cold sore, didn't wash his hands, than touched my scalped to give me a head massage. Can I get a cold sore on my scalp?
Possible: But very unlikely. Odds are you are already carrying this virus. If you kiss him when he has no cold sore you might get it anyway. The virus is present on the skin intermittently when it looks perfectly clear, between attacks. Most people are infected with no symptoms and are therefore immune. A blood test can tell you. Valacyclovir pills are very effective for symptoms. ...Read more
Can herpetic whitlow be contracted via indirect contact such as someone touching a cold sore and then shaking your hand (which has a tiny wound)?
Touching a cold sore: ..Is direct contact and could be a cause. Touching someone's genital organs is more likely a cause of whitlow. ...Read more
Can herpetic whitlow be contracted via indirect contact such as someone else touching a cold sore and then shaking my hand (which has a tiny wound)?
Yes but less common: It is usually spread from direct contact but in theory can also occur from indirect contact. ...Read more
How long does the herpes virus live on objects? If my roommate touches cold sore, doesn't wash hands, puts away "clean" forks, and I eat 20 min later.
Can you get herpes if someone touches there cold sore and then hands clean underwear and clothes to you? Is it safe to wear them?
Have a 1st time cold sore. Being careful about spreading the virus. A subtle rash started on my hands as well. Are my hands contagious now too?
No but: Cold sore is caused by herpes simplex I virus which has infected most people but only a small number breaks out in cold sores. Thus you will not be infecting anyone who has a good immune system. However it is not usually associated with rash far away from the junction where the skin joins the mucous membrane. Thus either you have something else or the rash and sores are unrelated. ...Read more
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