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I developed a cold sore two weeks ago. The scab is gone and it is now pretty much normal, just like a small pink scar. Is this still contagious?

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Dr. Nela Cordero
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: No

Virus infection must be gone in 2 weeks so longer contagious.

In brief: No

Virus infection must be gone in 2 weeks so longer contagious.
Dr. Nela Cordero
Dr. Nela Cordero
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Dr. Jeffrey Barke
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yep

Cold sores are caused by the herpes virus.
More contagious when you have an outbreak, still contagious when you don't. Very common.

In brief: Yep

Cold sores are caused by the herpes virus.
More contagious when you have an outbreak, still contagious when you don't. Very common.
Dr. Jeffrey Barke
Dr. Jeffrey Barke
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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Cold sor with a scar

No you are not contagious if there is just a pink scar.

In brief: Cold sor with a scar

No you are not contagious if there is just a pink scar.
Dr. Yash Khanna
Dr. Yash Khanna
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