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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 more
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 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
In my class, my partner has a cold sore and I think he touch it a few times and high five me, can I get a cold sore from a high five?
Not likely: But anything is possible. If you observe hand washing, you can minimize the chances of spread. ...Read more
Potentially: That could happen.Get a more detailed answer ›
Herpes virus: Could be transmitted that way.Get a more detailed answer ›
I heard that if you have a cold sore and touch it and then touch an open wound that the wound will get infected. Is this true?
What to do if it pains all the time and even more so when I touch/pull the skin around it. It's also a little larger than an average cold sore. How do I get rid of it?
Herpetic lesion?: Your 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. Your dermatologist can provide laser treatments. ...Read more
My cousin has a cold sore. Soon after he touched it. He touched my arm can get infected. He only touched for a few seconds and I had no cuts?
The person in front of me at the grocery store had a cold sore and now I am terrified I will get it. Is this possible? Is it on other items I touched after checking out? We both used the credit machine. I am worried it is now on my bags, phone, ect.
About oral herpes...: "Anything is possible" is the rule in life. Catching oral herpes this way in a grocery store is probably as possible as getting crushed to death by a falling 6-foot shelf of canned soup during an earthquake... not too likely to happen. That said, the majority of adults have herpes type 1 already. They catch it from parents and relatives during childhood, or from kissing others beyond childhood. ...Read more
My cousin has a cold sore. Soon after he touched it. He touched my arm. Could I get the virus. He only touched for a few seconds and I had no cuts?
Touch: Highly unlikely, but I sure hope you washed your arm as soon as your cousin touched your arm. ...Read more
My friend has a cold sore she touched a mirror with her hands. Today I touched the mirror and then touched myself seconds after. Can I get herpes?
Yes: But not from the mirrorGet a more detailed answer ›