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I get cold sores, what is the likely hood of spreading that to the gentitles of someone just through hand contact?

I get cold sores, what is the likely hood of spreading that to the gentitles of someone just through hand contact?

Cold sores: Two options:
1: Go to your local pharmacist who will help you select the best remedy.
2: Don't have hand contact till your cold sores are gone. ...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 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 I get cold sores, what is the likely hood that I would spread it to someone's gentitles from hand contact with their gentitles?

If I get cold sores, what is the likely hood that I would spread it to someone's gentitles from hand contact with their gentitles?

No risk, no worries: Modified reply: I first thought you worried about infecting your own genitals. Your partner is not at risk; HSV is rarely if ever transmitted by hand-genital contact. The only way to transmit your oral herpes to someone is to kiss or perform oral sex on them when the virus is present. To be maximally safe with hand-genital contact, wash hands first -- but really no worries even if you don't. ...Read more

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How long does the hand foot and mouth disease usually last ? And will all the cold sores go away at once or little over time ?

How long does the hand foot and mouth disease usually last ? And will  all the cold sores go away at once or little over time ?

About a week: HFM is a viral infection that causes blisters on palms, soles and in the mouth. Can be associated with moderate fever. The ulcers in the mouth will fade at different rates. Drink cool liquids, soft foods like pudding, yogurt, ice cream. Avoid acids like Orange Juice. Annoying but usually a self limiting condition. Tylenol (acetaminophen) can also help with the pain. ...Read more

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My boyfriend had cold sores on his lips, while having sex he sometimes would spit in his hand touching his lips and rub it on my vagina, can I get it?

My boyfriend had cold sores on his lips, while having sex he sometimes would spit in his hand touching his lips and rub it on my vagina, can I get it?

Yes you can: That is a sure way to give a girlfriend genital herpes. Such a couple should together go to the girlfriend's Primary or Ob-Gyn doctor for her STD screening, and discussion on STD's, how they affect women, their sex lives, and their future babies. If lucky so far, she has not caught it yet. Also, if she already has the same strain of herpes as he has, then she would not catch the same strain again. ...Read more

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My infant was kissed on her hand by someone with a history of cold sores (no active sore). She put her hand in her mouth; could she contracted hsv-1?

My infant was kissed on her hand by someone with a history of cold sores (no active sore). She put her hand in her mouth; could she contracted hsv-1?

An older infant?: Actually, the majority of the population has had hsv-1 oral herpes already. We try not to spread obvious germs, so people with cold sores shouldn't kiss until the sores are gone. With young babies, it's best to avoid getting infections from other people. After a baby is older and stronger, such as at the toddler age, getting an hsv-1 infection causes mouth and gum sores, but the toddlers recover. ...Read more

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Can you get a cold sore in your wrist?

Can you get a cold sore in your wrist?

HSV 1: I am not aware of herpes simplex type i affecting the wrist it often is found on the lips, skin around mouth, nose, chin, mouth, cheeks, & even eye or genitalia. ...Read more

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Could hand sanitizer prevent me from catching a cold sore?

Cold sore prevention: Use hand sanitizer after touching a cold sores, do not rub your eyes, don't kiss someone who has a cold sores, replace your toothbrush once a month, apply sunscreen to the face and lips.
These are prevention tips. ...Read more

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If a person touches their cold sore, then touches your hand (handshake) or clothes that then make contact with say your lips, could you contract it?

Yes...: it is possible if the lesion is in the early shedding stages and your resistance/immunity is low or if there is a break in the skin to allow the virus in. ...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?

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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My daughter hit my cold sore with her hand. But i washed her hands right away. Is there anyway that she can contract the hsv1 virus?

Cold sore: You did the right thing by washing her hands. In general the virus is contagious but you did every thing you could to prevent it spreading. The longer your cold sore had been present the less likely it is for you to spread it. ...Read more

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SEVERE cold sore phobia; have something on lip, unknown.. Touched lip with vinyl glove. Do I need to wash this hand or did glove protect hand?

SEVERE cold sore phobia; have something on lip, unknown.. Touched lip with vinyl glove. Do I need to wash this hand or did glove protect hand?

RELAX: Yes, the glove protected your hand. If a person has herpes on the lip it will NOT spread to any other area. Do you have herpes??? Most adults carry herpes type 1 but never have any symptoms. If you need to know if you are already a carrier, a blood test will tell you. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of a fever blister/cold sore? Can i put hand sanitizer?

Sanitizer: Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown instudies to help expedite healing of cold sores. It can reduce healing time by half. Studies also show that regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation with lysine 1, 000mg orally three times a day at the onset, can also hasten healing. Your physician can prescribe valtrex (valacyclovir). I don't believe that hand sanitizer will heal it. ...Read more

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Got dirty from going poo in a public restroom. I wash my hands with soap.I got home put purell hand sanitizer on body then got a cold sore on lip. Why?

Unrelated: Contamination from a toilet cannot cause cold sores, and anyway the hand washing plus alcohol gel would have prevented any kind of infection from this event. Your cold sore (oral herpes) outbreak is a coincidence, unrelated to the toilet exposure. ...Read more

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My mother has a cold sore and kissed my 2 year old on the hand and he wiped his mouth. same day he has small bumps on his lips, could that happen?

Unlikely.: Even if that contact transmitted the virus you your child, viruses usually incubate at least a few days before presenting with symptoms. The cold sore virus usually presents many months to even years after acquisition. So your scenario would be exceedingly unlikely. ...Read more

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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