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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: Spread of HSV to a new body area is called auto-inoculation and happens sometimes during someone's very first infection with HSV. However, it's very rare in recurrent herpes; the immune system prevents it. (This is why couples both infected with genital HSV2 never pass it back and forth.) Use common sense hygiene, but don't worry if you touch your genital area during an oral herpes outbreak. ...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 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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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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