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A person with a cold sore kissed me on the cheek. Should I wait a while before kissing my baby?

A person with a cold sore kissed me on the cheek. Should I wait a while before kissing my baby?

Cold sores - HSV-1: Fortunately the answer is 'no'. If you've never had a cold sore erupt on your lips/mouth area, then I highly doubt you're a risk to your baby. Occasionally people may harbor the virus, and no obvious lip lesion is there (did your mom/dad have this?) A kiss has to be on the lips/nose/eye where there is a mucous membrane rather than intact skin. So no, you didn't get the virus from person who kissed

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Cold Sore (Definition)

Also referred to as fever blisters, cold sores are small, painful fluid-filled blisters that are usually found around the lips. Cold sores are very contagious and can be spread by mouth to mouth contact and can spread to the genitalia and cause genital ...Read more


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If a person with a cold sore kissed me on the cheek, what are the chances I could contract herpes simplex virus 1? I washed it off 5-10 minutes after.

If a person with a cold sore kissed me on the cheek, what are the chances I could contract herpes simplex virus 1? I washed it off 5-10 minutes after.

HSV 1 is prevalent: More than 3/4 of people have HSV 1. It is quite likely that you have the virus already. If you have had a cold sore, ever, you have HSV 1. Even if you get it, it is not a big deal for an otherwise healthy person. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex.

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If I kiss my boyfriend on the cheek, can I get a cold sore?

If I kiss my boyfriend on the cheek, can I get a cold sore?

If you kiss a cold: Sore on his cheek or if infectious material has oozed out- then you could.

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Is it bad to kiss someone on the cheek of you have a cold sore? Even if there family?

It depends to the: immunity of the person who is kissed. A blood test can show if you already have the virus and you are immune to the virus or you do not have the virus and not immune to it. People with hsv (cold sore) virus will sometimes transmit the virus on days when there is no sore. But most of us carry this virus with no symptoms since we were children, thus we already have it and are immune to it.

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What do you suggest if I had a cold sore and I need to know if I can kiss my girlfriend tomorrow. Like can I at least kiss her on the cheek or will it still be the same?

What do you suggest if I had a cold sore and I need to know if I can kiss my girlfriend tomorrow. Like can I at least kiss her on the cheek or will it still be the same?

Full disclosure: First you need to inform your girlfriend that you have a "cold sore" and let her decide how much kissing and intimacy SHE desires in lieu of the revelation.

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Terrified. My sister kissed my 9 week old on the cheek and I noticed she had a cold sore after. What will happen if my baby gets it?! Is it unlikely?

Terrified. My sister kissed my 9 week old on the cheek and I noticed she had a cold sore after. What will happen if my baby gets it?! Is it unlikely?

Unlikely a problem: Your 9-week old infant likely has some protective antibody against Herpes I (responsible for cold sores) from your blood. It is also not likely that a kiss on the cheek would inflict an infection. Eventually most, if not all, people will be infected with HSVI even though most will not have cold sores.

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I kissed somebody on the cheek (cheek to cheek) and I noticed afterwards that he had a cold sore on his bottom lip. What are the chances of me getting?

Probably low risk: Herpes isn't all that easy to transmit. The brief contact you describe is very low risk, even if his cold sore contacted your cheek. Also, many adults have had HSV1 from childhood, the cause of oral herpes, whether or not they have had known symptoms. If you were previously infected, you can't catch it again. Be on the alert for oral or facial blisters/sores in next 10 days, but very unlikely.

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My long distance boyfriend has a cold sore and I'm seeing him this weekend- can I kiss his face and can he kiss my face? Like cheek/forehead not mouth

It depends...: Is the diagnosis certain? Facial herpes can occur, but less common than oral (lips, etc), and it is unusual to have outbreaks in two area, i.e. both cheek and forehead. If he has it and you do not, best to avoid kissing and other direct contact, e.g. no oral sex on you. You could have a blood test. If already positive for HSV1 (as are half of all people), you're immune, can't catch it again.

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If I took valtrex (valacyclovir) to avoid a primary outbreak of cold sores (never had one before) and never got a sore can I have passed it on by kissing a cheek?

If I took valtrex (valacyclovir) to avoid a primary outbreak of cold sores (never had one before) and never got a sore can I have passed it on by kissing a cheek?

Not likely: If you have never had a cold sore, then it is unlikely that you could pass this on. Even with a cold sore in your history just kissing a cheek is unlikely to pass it on.

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How you get a cold sore--from kissing?

How you get a cold sore--from kissing?

One possibility: If the cold sore is from the herpetic virus it is contagious. I would not kiss anyone with a cold sore. If you get cold sores, see your dentist or doctor for a diagnosis and advice first.

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Did I get a cold sore from kissing someone or from my mouthguard?

Did I get a cold sore from kissing someone or from my mouthguard?

Possibly: From kissing someone if they had a cold sore.If you have cold sore blisters it is best not to share eating utensils, chap sticks or lips sticks or kiss in order to prevent spreading the infection to someone else.

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What happens if you kiss someone with a cold sore that's not on their rmouth?

If you come in: Contact with the cold sore - there is risk of transmission. Infection can be transmitted even when a cold sore is not visible.

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I haven't kissed anyone and I don't really share drinks so how could I have gotten this cold sore?

Herpes simplex: You may have been infected with this virus earlier in life and you are now seeing a recurrence. Once infected the virus never leaves your body.

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Is kissing safe after a cold sore outbreak?

Is kissing safe after a cold sore outbreak?

Lets wait: You have a herpetic viral sore. Not usually fatal but wait a week after sore is gone so you don't share it with your loved ones.

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When is it safe to kiss somebody who had a cold sore?

When is it safe to kiss somebody who had a cold sore?

Never!: As long as a hermetic lesion is present contact should be avoided.

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Could I give my bf herpes if I have a cold sore and we kiss?

Yes!: A cold sore is usually caused by a recurrence of herpes so direct contact with a skin surface can certainly pass on the infection.