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Can a cold sore be passed on by kissing skin (not the mouth)? watch

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    A friend of mine kissed my cheek when saying hello having forgotten she had a cold sore, and she is concerned she might have passed it on to me, is this likely?

    I didn't think I could catch one just from kissing on the skin, but I wanted to check.

    She said afterwards she is not sure that it was still infectious, it had scabbed over and she had completed her 5 day course of antibiotics.


    As cold sores are caused by a herpes virus, i doubt the antibiotics would have helped.

    I think the virus needs a wet opening on the body in order to operate. Thats why most instances are on the mouth or genitals.

    Well if you have a cold sore and kiss a newborn baby you could kill it, so I think they can be passed quite easily (i remember reading the second story I've posted here last year when I was pregnant and my heart just broke for the family involved.)



    but yes, like kink says, some sort of opening is probably the easiest way to transfer them, but I doubt that's the only way.

    Of course you're not a newborn baby so your defences against a cold sore are going to be much greater I should imagine, especially if you've had them before.
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