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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

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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Mom touched a old cold sore patch which was used months ago then she touched all my clean underwear with her hands after, is my genitals at risk now?

Mom touched a old cold sore patch which was used months ago then she touched all my clean underwear with her hands after, is my genitals at risk now?

No risk, no worries!: The herpes virus isn't so easy to transmit -- only by direct contact, like kissing, never passed by sharing bathrooms, towels, eating utensils, clothing, etc. You are at absolutely no risk of herpes from this sort of event. Don't worry about it. Safe sex is all you will ever need to prevent genital herpes. I hope this has helped. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have a soretred patch at the corner of my mouth, it doesn't feel like a cold sore but vaseline isn't helping.

I have a soretred patch at the corner of my mouth, it doesn't feel like a cold sore but vaseline isn't helping.

Angular chelitis: If the ends of you lips overlap as you sleep, saliva may accumulate there. This will cause a rash or sore.Do you sleep on that side? A combination of a mild cortisone cram and an antifungal cream applied twice a day should help.If not, see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Does a red patch on your lip mean it's a cold sore?

Does a red patch on your lip mean it's a cold sore?

Not necessarily.: Cold sores are painful liquid filled blisters that can occur on the lips, roof of the mouth or the gums which are caused by the herpes simplex virus (hsv-1). If you are uncertain about the lesion, your physician or a dermatologist could help to identify it. ...Read more

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Is ginger root good for returning color to a scar on the lip that is scarred from a cold sore? Dark brown lips with a reddish patch on upper lip.

Is ginger root good for returning color to a scar on the lip that is scarred from a cold sore? Dark brown lips with a reddish patch on upper lip.

No data to support : Ginger is purported to have antiimflamatory properties, so one might think it would help healing scars. But I do not believe there is sound scientific data to support that it would help to return color to your lip. ...Read more

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Dark, red blister like patch/spot on my bottom lip. never had cold sore before so what could this be?

Dark, red blister like patch/spot on my bottom lip. never had cold sore before so what could this be?

Uncertain: Cold sores are painful liquid filled blisters that can occur on the lips, roof of the mouth or the gums which are usually caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV-1). Tingling &/or pain can herald the oncoming of cold sore 1 to 2 days prior to eruption. ...Read more