Can you get herpes from holding hands with someone who has a cold sore if you have a damaged cuticle?
Not likely. Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). There are two types of herpes simplex virus: HSV-1 and HSV-2. Both virus types can cause sores around the mouth (herpes labialis) and on the genitals (genital herpes). The target cells for these viruses are confined to those areas, not your hands. The usual transmission is through kissing and sharing utensils.
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 mirror. Read more...
My mother has a cold sore on her lip, can I get herpes just by touching objects she's used with her hands and then using the bathroom after?
No. While cold sores are contagious the contact has to be direct, you can not contract tit from other sources. Read more...