Could I spread a cold sore by hands?

Herpetic Whitlow. Is when herpes is spread to hands. It can be spread to other parts of the body as well -it you touch an active lesion that is teaming with herpes virus.

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Could I get herpes or a cold sore from just holding hands?

Possibly. If a person touches their cold sore - the herpes virus can be on their hands & can be transmitted from there. This is a reason that it is important for anyone with a cold sore to wash their hands if they have been touching their cold sores. Read more...
No. Not if the hands are washed and a mucous membrane like nose mouth or genitals are not touched. Read more...
Unlikely. Herpes does not survive well in dry environments. but good hand cleaning is always a good idea. Read more...

Could hand sanitizer prevent me from catching a cold sore?

Hand sanitizer. No, hand sanitizer will not prevent you from getting cold sores. Read more...
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...

I have a small cold sore. This is the second one IV had. I keep messing with it. I didn't wash my hands. Does this mean I will have them down there?

Not necessarily. It is good to recognize that cold sores are caused by herpes, which can also cause genital lesions. In general, different types of herpes cause each, but they can spread from one area to the other. You are doing two things that can cause spred. The most important prevention - don't touch/mess with it, and wash your hands! can take rx for herpes if recurring more. Some feel lysine helps too. Read more...
No but possible. Washing your hands is a great a day to prevent possibility of spread from mouth to genital. Without hand washing spread may occur, especially if the blister has ruptured, increasing the exposure. Read more...