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Whats the chances my 1 year old contract cold sore after touching band aid cotton side used to cover it then putting finger in mouth? Mainly scab

Whats the chances my 1 year old contract cold sore after touching band aid cotton side used to cover it then putting finger in mouth?
Mainly scab

Very good. Herpes: Simplex 1 is highly contagious. It wouldn't take much fluid from a Cold Sore on the Band -Aid to infect her, because she touched the mucous membranes in her mouth with her contaminated finger. Children between 6 months & 5 years can have herpetic gingivo-stomatitis with the primary infection. That is inflammation & ulcerations of her mouth & gums. See photo. Symptoms may last up to 2 weeks. ...Read more

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 generally caused by the herpes simplex virus 1 which is related to herpes simplex virus 2 that causes genital herpes. Cold sores are very contagious and can be spread by mouth to mouth contact. They can spread to the genitalia and cause genital ...Read more


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My friends kids were over 2 my house & they have cold sores, active lesions, my 1yr old & 1month old were both exposed. Is there anything I can do now 2 ensure they don't get infected & is there anything other than a cold sore that I should n lookin 4?

My friends kids were over 2 my house & they have cold sores, active lesions, my 1yr old & 1month old were both exposed. Is there anything I can do now 2 ensure they don't get infected & is there anything other than a cold sore that I should n lookin 4?

Cold sores: Your friend's children were very contagious and your 1 yo was definitely exposed if they kissed, shared toys and hands, etc. If you kissed or played with them you could also be potentially infected. Frequent hand washing precautions should be observed now. If your newborn develops a rash, fever, or irritation of the eyelids or eyes, contact your pediatrician immediately. Ban contact of your kids. ...Read more

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My 11-year-old daughter has a bleeding cold sore on the roof of her mouth, which appears pale, with other small sores. One side of her throat hurts.

My 11-year-old daughter has a bleeding cold sore on the roof of her mouth, which appears pale, with other small sores.  One side of her throat hurts.

Viral Infection: Sounds like she has a viral infection such as Hand Foot and Mouth Disease or Herpangina. they are caused by a herpes like virus called Coxsackie. Generally these are viruses that young( ...Read more

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Can a cold sore spread to my 4 year old son without direct contact of the sore?

Can a cold sore spread to my 4 year old son without direct contact of the sore?

Cold sore: It can spread if you touch it then touch your son or if he comes in contact with something like your Chapstick. You can be contagious even when you don't have lessons ...Read more

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Make up pallete touched an old cold sore patch from a year ago that was faced down. I used the pallete and touched my phone. Can I get herpes whitlow?

Make up pallete touched an old cold sore patch from a year ago that was faced down. I used the pallete and touched my phone. Can I get herpes whitlow?

Herpes: Herpes is a virus and requires living tissue to live. An old cold sore pad from a year ago will not have any live virus on it. Also, herpes is generally spread when it is active with erupted lesions. There is no cause for alarm in this case you have described. ...Read more

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Wondering if it's herpes if a 6 year old gets a cold sore? Obviously he hasnt kissed anyone before is it herpes?

Wondering if it's herpes if a 6 year old gets a cold sore? Obviously he hasnt 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

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My two year old has what looks like a cold sore above her lip, if this is possible, is there anyhjng I can put on it?

If it is cold sore: If it is a cold sore: 1) Dr may prescribe Acyclovir cream or liquid or other antiviral 2) Lemon Balm salve is an over the counter preparation that is helpful 3) Simple hygiene measures like handwashing and no kissing to prevent spread. ...Read more

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My 4 year old is having a major cold sore outbreak. What can I do?

My 4 year old is having a major cold sore outbreak. What can I do?

Diet: Cold sores are viral in nature and will be activated by poor diet and/or infection such as a cold. Lysine in an appropriate dose will clear these sores. This can be given to treat the sores or as a preventive method on a continuous basis. Get the advice of a nutritionist familiar with this concept. ...Read more

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My 2 year old son has what appears to be a cold sore below the left corner of his lip. It has went away and come back a couple times. ?

May be herpetic: Without seeing this it is difficult to diagnose, but herpes simplex is a common virus which causes cold sores, and it may recur periodically for the remainder of your son's life. This virus is like a squatter. It sits in your body, sometimes silently without producing any symptoms, but may recur with stress, other infections, or sometimes without an obvious cause. ...Read more