Top
40
Doctor insights on: Cold Sore Kiss On Cheek

Share
1

1
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 ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
1,055 Doctors shared insights

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


2

2
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. ...Read more

4

4
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. ...Read more

6

6
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. ...Read more

8

8
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. ...Read more

9

9
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. ...Read more

10

10
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. ...Read more

12

12
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. ...Read more

13

13
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. ...Read more

14

14
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. ...Read more

15

15
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. ...Read more

16

16
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. ...Read more

17

17
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. ...Read more

18

18
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. ...Read more

19

19
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. ...Read more

20

20
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. ...Read more

22

22
What should I do if I kissed somone with a cold sore outbreak?

What should I do if I kissed somone with a cold sore outbreak?

Herpes Labiales: Advise that someone to get rx if contaminated due to exposure to you. ...Read more

26

26
Kissed my boyfriend who had a dry cold sore? Should he be virus-free at that point?

Never...: ...A guarantee - but then again, some people are contagious without a visible lesion. ...Read more

27

27
Is it safe to kiss my partner when my cold sore is healing or do I have to wait till it heals completely?

Is it safe to kiss my partner when my cold sore is healing or do I have to wait till it heals completely?

Wait till it heals: Oral herpes is caused type I could transmitted to genitals from unhealed spares, Genital herpes is usually due to type II. ...Read more

28

28
Wondering if it's herpes if a 6 year old gets a cold sore? Obviously he hasn't kissed anyone before is it herpes?

Yes: A cold sore is another name for a herpes sore. Most children I see with their first episode of herpes are about 2 years old. It is usually from being kissed by a parent or relative with the active infection. ...Read more

29

29
Was given a huge kiss on the lips and I realised my bf had a massive cold sore what are the chances i'll get one?

That depends: An estimated 80% of americans have been exposed to herpes simplex virus type 1. However, not all of those people will get cold sores. It depends on your immune system. ...Read more

31

31
I have a small painless bump on the inside of my cheek. Every time I get these and pop them, I seem to get a cold sore. What could it be?

Mucocele: A small painless bump that has clear fluid and you can pop just might be a Mucocele. I have no idea why it triggers a flare of your cold sore, but inflammation of any know can do that. ...Read more

32

32
My mom gave my kids kisses this morning and a couple hours later she felt a cold sore coming on. Can my kids get a cold sore from her kissing them?

Yes: Herpes simplex virus 1transmission can occur with no visible lesions due to subclinical or asymptomatic shedding of the virus. In fact transmission occurs more commonly during asymptomatic shedding. ...Read more

33

33
Can I give my partner oral and kiss him when I don't have a cold sore? Is it safe to give him oral and kiss him when I don't have a cold sore? Help

Herpes simplex: It is highly probable that your partner has already been infected with Herpes simplex virus, and if so, the chance of your giving him anything are minimal. You can, however, shed virus in your secretions despite the absence of visible lesions. ...Read more

34

34
Kissed sum 1 got a cold sore didn't think anything of it until it happened again. What does this mean? Should I stay away from him did I catch somethi?

Hsv: Presume herpes simplex type 1. Recurring blisters in same area. Maybe you caught it from boyfriend but probably carried virus long time before. Recurring episodes are NOT new infections. Valacycline pills are very effective if taken at first tingling of impending attack. One dose of 2 Grams (2 pills). ...Read more

35

35
I kissed my kids & did oral & sex with my hub 12 hrs later I had itching & hours after a cold sore did I pass it on to them before the sore appeared?

I kissed my kids & did oral & sex with my hub 12 hrs later I had itching & hours after a cold sore did I pass it on to them before the sore appeared?

Herpes simplex: That is possible, although the likelihood is that they already had it from prior exposure. Many people who get this virus from contact with others do so without developing any symptoms. Most children get it between 3mos and 3yrs of age and by age 60 somewhere between 65 and 85% of people are infected. You do not need cold sores to be shedding the virus and infecting others. ...Read more

36

36
What to do if I have never kissed anyone, but is this a cold-sore?

You can get one: From contact other than kissing. I don't know if you have a cold sore. A cold sore is a lesion w blisters (lip, chin, cheek, nostril ; sometimes mouth) which causes burning, pain ; itching. It is teaming w herpes simplex virus. These are most often associated w herpes simplex virus1. The lesions are often found on lips, skin around mouth, nose, chin, mouth, cheeks, ; even eye. ...Read more

37

37
Could you tell me what happens if you kiss someone with a cold sore?

Potential to spread: 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. ...Read more

38

38
What are the odds of me getting a cold sore from kissing?

Not much: Most adults are already positive for herpes type 1 (usually associated with lip cold sores). The positive rate is over 50% here in the us. Remember also that most people never show symptoms. If you have never had an outbreak I would probably avoid kissing until the sore is healed in your partner. No need to take a chance if you might be negative. ...Read more

39

39
What should I do to cure a painful cold sore inside my cheek?

Rx: Your physician can prescribe you an oral antiviral medication. ...Read more