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Could you contract HSV if someone licked their fingers then fingered you? No sign of cold sore noticed on mouth, and how fast would you get symptoms?

Could you contract HSV if someone licked their fingers then fingered you? No sign of cold sore noticed on mouth, and how fast would you get symptoms?

Extremely unlikely: In theory, such indirect exposure could result in transmission. But this happens very rarely, if ever. In busy STD clinics, everyone with genital herpes has had unprotected intercourse (vaginal, anal, or oral); we never see patients whose only exposure was hand-genital contact. Don't worry about it. ...Read more

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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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Can you get a cold sore on finger?

Can you get a cold sore on finger?

Herpetic whitlow: It's possible to develop herpes simplex virus lesion on a finger or thumb. ...Read more

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How long is hsv-1 (oral herpes) transferable from your finger after you touched a cold sore?

Misinformed?: First having a sore does not in any way represent contagiousness. That has now been fully proven to have been wrong in science. Viral shedding happens independently of sores. Second one does not transfer or transmit herpes by touching a cold sore. ...Read more

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Someone touches cold sore, then shakes my hand. I have a tiny wound. Risk of contracting herpetic whitlow/herpes on finger?

Someone touches cold sore, then shakes my hand. I have a tiny wound. Risk of contracting herpetic whitlow/herpes on finger?

Unlikely: If you touched the ulcer directly with a finger which had a wound you might get this, but by secondary transfer this would be quite unusual. Nothing is impossible. ...Read more

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What's 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

What's 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 the mouth & gums. See photo. Symptoms may last up to 2 weeks. ...Read more

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I had cold-sore. I put my finger in my mouth. Then touch my vagina. Is it possible I will get genital heroes "as my finger was still wet "?

Cold-sore: Usually the herpes virus of a cold sore (herpes 1)does not cause the herpes virus in the genital area (herpes 2). However they both can coexist in one person. ...Read more

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If I have a cold sore & wipe saliva w/ my fingers on my penis to penetrate my gf, can she get genital herpes? I didn't touch the sore, just my tongue.

If I have a cold sore & wipe saliva w/ my fingers on my penis to penetrate my gf, can she get genital herpes? I didn't touch the sore, just my tongue.

Not likely: Although there is a low likelihood that you transmitted herpes to your partner, it is possible to transmit virus from a cold sore and thus transmission to your partner could result in her developing genital herpes. The herpes virus could go from your cold sore to your hand and from there to your penis. ...Read more

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Fingered a girl with genital herpes 2 months ago. Washed hands for 5 min right after. Noticed cold sore on lip but do have hsv1. Is it possibly hsv2?

Fingered a girl with genital herpes 2 months ago. Washed hands for 5 min right after. Noticed cold sore on lip but do have hsv1. Is it possibly hsv2?

Hard to say: Hsv 1 is more often linked to cold sores at the lip margins while hsv 2 is most often linked with genital lesions. However, both strains are occasionally found at either location. Whether or not this has anything to do with the exposure you cite is hard to say. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of cold sores?

What are the symptoms of cold sores?

Burning and pain: A cold sore is caused by a common virus-herpes simplex. They begin as a burning sensation in the lip area and this is followed by the formation of a blister. The blister ruptures and leaves a painful ulceration that then crusts over and heals within 10-14 days. There are some topical agents that can speed healing or abort the formation of the blister if caught early. ...Read more

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What symptoms are associated with cold sores?

What symptoms are associated with cold sores?

Just at ulcer site: Cold sores on the lips or near the lips, are usually caused by recurrent oral herpes virus. They start as a slightly raised reddish area, with a bit of numbness & tingling there. Then comes a cluster of tiny blisters, which break open soon, with some pain; leaving a sore (ulcer) to heal up over a week. Sores appear more often when one is under stress or is ill from another illness. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of cold sores and what should I do to help?

What are the symptoms of cold sores and what should I do to help?

Painful blisters: Cold sores are painful blisters on or near the lips, cause by a herpes virus. They can come and go, since the body never completely gets rid of the virus. For many people with cold sores, topical over the counter treatments for pain relief are enough. If not, topical or oral antiviral medications can help if started soon after the cold sore first appears. ...Read more

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What are the earliest symptoms of cold sores (oral herpes)?

Pain, tingling, itch: Many people describe either pain, tingling, or itching, beginning as much as a full day before the cold sore actually comes out. They know a cold sore is coming before there's any redness, swelling, or blistering. ...Read more

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How long does is it take for symptoms of oral herpes or cold sores to appear?

Hours: Oral herpes can come about at anytime if you've been exposed to the virus. Typically the virus lies dormant until a stressful event. When these events occur the first signs are tingling and changes in the skin. Sometimes you'll see white nodules start to develop. The faster you get treatment the better chances the virus can be halted and the faster the healing can begin. ...Read more

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Is this cracking at the corners of my mouth a symptom of cold sores?

Is this cracking at the corners of my mouth a symptom of cold sores?

Probably not: Cold sores--or herpes simplex reactivation--usually will present as an area at the lip red border or just beyond, that initially may sting or burn and then goes on to develop a cluster of tiny blisters. These may coalesce into one or more larger blisters and finally open. Cracking at the corners of the mouth is often from licking due to dryness (ie allergies). ...Read more

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Small dark reddish patch on bottom lip with a little cut with no other symptoms. Never had cold sores before, so what is it? Suddenly appeared too.

Small dark reddish patch on bottom lip with a little cut with no other symptoms. Never had cold sores before, so what is it? Suddenly appeared too.

Herpes: This could be just from the small cut on your lower lip. Its difficult to say whether or not this is a cold sore (herpes actually). This can suddenly appear. Even if you have never had it before. ...Read more