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Do I need to throw away my personal care items after a breakout of cold sore like shampoo, soap, lotions, chapstick etc?

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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology

In brief: No

So you got a "cold sore".
Probably herpes simplex type 1. The virus is present, but hiding in the ganglion of a nerve. It is there all the time. Your immunity prevents any spread to another place on your body.You already carry it and cannot "catch" it again. If recurrence is a problem, protection from the sun can reduce frequency. Valacyclovir pill is very effective. Forget any topicals or herbs.

In brief: No

So you got a "cold sore".
Probably herpes simplex type 1. The virus is present, but hiding in the ganglion of a nerve. It is there all the time. Your immunity prevents any spread to another place on your body.You already carry it and cannot "catch" it again. If recurrence is a problem, protection from the sun can reduce frequency. Valacyclovir pill is very effective. Forget any topicals or herbs.
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