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Touch Cold Sore
How long does the herpes virus live on objects? If my roommate touches cold sore, doesn't wash hands, puts away "clean" forks, and I eat 20 min later.
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
Can you transmit a cold sore to type 2 herpes if you touch your cold sore and went to the bathroom? Freaking out a little bit about getting type 2
Herpes simplex: Herpes simplex I and II can both be on the face or genitals, although I is more common around the lips and II, around the genitals. Best not to contact an open sore and wash your hands thoroughly if you do or any other body part that could come in contact. Covering with a sterile band aid might help deter the tendency to forget and touch a cold sore. Abreva (Denavir) OTC can shorten the course. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How likely is HSV 1 to spread via multiple contacts. For instance, if a person touches their cold sore and then an object and I then touch the object?
If someone touches there cold sore and then touches your bed sheets can you get herpes on your genitals from this even though you're wearing pjs?
No: you need direct contact for HSV1 or HS2 to infect ...Read more
Almost: You have to dry your hand also. ...Read more
If you touch a cold sore and then a few minutes later pick a wedgie over your PJ bottoms. Can you get genital herpes from this?
If you touch your cold sore and then touch the clothes you're wearing, can it seep through the clothing and cause herpes on genitals?
Unlikley: Would be uncommon but be sure you try to avoid touching the sore and use good hand hygiene ...Read more
Can you get herpes if someone touches there cold sore and then hands clean underwear and clothes to you? Is it safe to wear them?
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?
If you touch your cold sore and accidentally touch your genitals over top of your clothes, can u get genital herpes? Can it seep through the fabric?
You can not.: You need skin to skin contact to get it. ...Read more
If you touch a cold sore with a finger, does washing your hands with soap and warm water kill the virus instantly?
It washes it: Off of the surface of your hands and down the drain. ...Read more
About a week ago, I had a cold, I’d wipe my nose after i felt like it was running. It got quite sore underneath, then some white lumps appeared, and then it become red and quite itchy, as well as sore to the touch, I used cold sore cream, spreading..
If someone w/ cold sore touches item, and then someone else touches that item will they get it? Can it be transferred from item to item like a chain?
If someone with a cold sore touches it, touches my hand, and around an hour later I use the bathroom and wipe my vagina can I get herpes?
A lady with a cold sore helped me at the store. I am worried about getting one/that it is on the items that she touched. Do I need to be concerned?
No risk, no worry: You're not at risk at all; oral herpes is transmitted almost entirely by kissing or oral sex. Anyway, this probably has happened to you a hundred other times. Up to half of all adults have oral herpes, and undoubtedly you have often been served at cash registers, by waiters in restaurants, and other service persons with active oral herpes. This event is no higher risk than all those others. ...Read more