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Doctor insights on: Getting Spit In Your Eye From Someone Who Has A Cold Sore

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My daughter has a cold sore and blew in my face. Will my eyes get infected?

My daughter has a cold sore and blew in my face. Will my eyes get infected?

Hard to predict: Blowing your way with just air would not transfer germs. If her actions actually blew some saliva your way & that got in your eyes its a maybe. The tears have a germ suppressive capability but it might not be fully protective. If you develop irritation or pain in the eye have it checked & tell the doc. ...Read more

Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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Can you get herpes if your talking to someone that has a cold sore and they spit while talking and some spit goes on your lip or in your mouth?

Can you get herpes if your talking to someone that has a cold sore and they spit while talking and some spit goes on your lip or in your mouth?

Herpes Paranoia: First you learned incorrectly that having a herpes sore is the time people are contagious. We now know that is absolutely false. Second herpes is caught infected skin to skin directly. Your scenario would seem highly unlikely to cause a herpes infection. You are already more likely to have been infected with herpes before. 75% of humans in the UK have Oral Herpes. Go get your blood test. ...Read more

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If my girlfriend has a cold sore on her mouth and gives me oral sex will I get herpes on my penis?

If my girlfriend has a cold sore on her mouth and gives me oral sex will I get herpes on my penis?

Yes you could: It only takes a small abrasion on your penis for the virus to enter. HSV is very contagious- best to avoid contact if she has an open lesion. ...Read more

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My 3 year old son came out of the bathroom with my husband' s tooth brush in his mouth. My husband currently has a cold sore! Can he get the virus?

Yes: If the sore is still "raw". The virus particles are alive in the sore. If the toothbrush rubbed against the sore, it could contain the virus particles. Throw out the brush and hope he didn't contract the virus. ...Read more

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If someone has a cold sore and spits while talking & it hits your face is contraction of hsv 1 even possible or just statistics at that point?

If someone has a cold sore and spits while talking & it hits your face is contraction of hsv 1 even possible or just statistics at that point?

Spit & Hsv transmiss: 22M from Wi was spat upon the face by someone with cold sore asks if transmission of Hsv even possible or "just stastics". ANS: Unless spit contained blood and the spittal landed on a bloody place on your face it has never been reported that I can find. There is a national TELEPHONE hotline from CDC that give more info. Google this and call them. You seem confused about statistics. G that as well. ...Read more

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My long distance boyfriend has a cold sore and I'm seeing him this weekend- can I kiss his face and can he kiss my face? Like cheek/forehead not mouth

My long distance boyfriend has a cold sore and I'm seeing him this weekend- can I kiss his face and can he kiss my face? Like cheek/forehead not mouth

It depends...: Is the diagnosis certain? Facial herpes can occur, but less common than oral (lips, etc), and it is unusual to have outbreaks in two area, i.e. both cheek and forehead. If he has it and you do not, best to avoid kissing and other direct contact, e.g. no oral sex on you. You could have a blood test. If already positive for HSV1 (as are half of all people), you're immune, can't catch it again. ...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?

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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Someone with a cold sore accidentally spit in my eye while talking. Could I get herpes?

Someone with a cold sore accidentally spit in my eye while talking. Could I get herpes?

Little or no risk: This is theoretically possible but extremely unlikely. In any case, at this point there is nothing that can be done to prevent it. If no symtoms (sore, red, may itchy eye) within 5 days, you're home free. In the meantime, I really wouldn't worry about it. ...Read more

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If I have cold sore on mouth, and I tuch it, then rub my eye, will I get it in eyes?

If I have cold sore on mouth, and I tuch it, then rub my eye, will I get it in eyes?

Apthous ulcers: Herpes simplex infections on the external lip can be transmitted to the eye (cornea) by direct inoculation. Canker sores (inside) are n ot clearly due to infection. ...Read more

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If I have a cold sore, does that mean I'm going to get it in the eye and inside my mouth?

Not necessarily: To avoid spreading the virus that causes cold sores, be careful to avoid touching the area around the sore and practice good hand washing. If the cold sore is new, your healthcare provider may prescribe topical or oral antiviral medications, which can help the sore heal more quickly and limit the amount of virus present. ...Read more

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If someone who has a cold sore kisses you, will you automatically get herpes no matter what?

No: Nothing is automatic or guaranteed. You were definitely exposed though. Pay attention for the following symptoms - tingling on a specific place of your lips (usually one side or the other), small blisters along the lip line, or, at the first outbreak, feeling "under the weather", like you have the flu. If these occur, there are medicines that can shorten the outbreak. ...Read more

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Can you get herpes from holding hands with someone who has a cold sore if you have a damaged cuticle?

Can you get herpes from holding hands with someone who has a cold sore if you have a damaged cuticle?

Unlikely possibility: Herpes is a virus theoretically possible to transmit but practical aspect no. Casual hand contact is not the usual way, also hand washing important in control of several types of infections, so always wash hands if you touch anything ...Read more

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If you get cold sores yourself and kiss someone who has a cold sore, can you contract it again? Or are you immune bc you already have the virus?

If you get cold sores yourself and kiss someone who has a cold sore, can you contract it again? Or are you immune bc you already have the virus?

So once you have: The virus, you have it, you can't get it again because you already have it. Kissing someone with a cold sore, can trigger your own outbreak though ...Read more

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I high five a friend of mine in class, and I think he has a cold sore... can I get a cold sore from high five someone?

I high five a friend of mine in class, and I think he has a cold sore... can I get a cold sore from high five someone?

Cold sore: Unless your hand has had direct contact on the cold sore and you put part of your hand in you mouth it is highly unlikely that you will develop a cold sore from high fiving someone. ...Read more

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My friend has a cold sore on her lip and she touched the end of my razor, can I get herpes from this if I use it?

My friend has a cold sore on her lip and she touched the end of my razor, can I get herpes from this if I use it?

Unlikely: The herpes virus is spread by skin to skin contact. The virus can only survive outside the body (ie. On a razor blade) for seconds. Your chances are extremely low. ...Read more

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If I've had hsv1 for years and recently (unknowningly) had oral sex with a guy who has a cold sore, how likely is it for me to get it in my genitals?

If I've had hsv1 for years and recently (unknowningly) had oral sex with a guy who has a cold sore, how likely is it for me to get it in my genitals?

About 3% chance: One in four people in america has herpes, primarily because it is so easy to transmit. If you have had exposure to a lesion on your partner that is actively shedding virus, there is about a 3% chance you will be infected. About 90% of people who contract herpes do not have any symptoms - so it is possible that you may not know that you have be infected. ...Read more

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If I get cold sores and my partner who has a cold sore gives me oral sex, would I get genital herpes?

Yes: Herpes simplex is caused by a virus and is transmitted
primarily by close physical contact. Any active lesions
have live virus and therefore can be spread to another
person. If someone does not have any active lesions
then the transmission of the virus is probably very small but still possible. ...Read more

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My girlfriend has a cold sore. How can she get rid of it quickly?

My girlfriend has a cold sore. How can she get rid of it quickly?

Cold sores: Her doctor can prescribe valtrex (valacyclovir). Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown in european studies to help expedite cold sore healing. It can reduce healing time by 1/2. Studies also show regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation w lysine 1, 000mg orally 3x a day at the onset, can hasten healing. Her dermatologist can provide laser treatments. ...Read more

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If he has a cold sore on his lip, can I get genital herpes from this?

Yes: I would refrain from oral sex until the cold sore disappears. It is possible that the sore on your partners lip is being caused by herpers simplexii which is genital herpes. My best advice is be safe during this oral outbreak. ...Read more

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If you drink after your spouse when he has a cold sore, will you get herpes?

If you drink after your spouse when he has a cold sore, will you get herpes?

Odds minimal: Odds are you wont, but you could, probably from the virus on the glass rather than from being in the drink. But be logical, get your own drink and don't gamble. Unless you have a craving for a herpetic virus. ...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