Hi, I read all of this inof on herpes, and because everyone has something different to say...it gets rather confusing....
Earlier my I was visiting my cousin's grandmother and she kissed leaned in to hug me and kissed me on my cheek, (I don't remember feeling any spit), and neck........Then I noticed a bump on her upper lip. I am not sure if it was herpes (it was the same color as her skin and didn't really look blistery, but hey, it seems from photos I've seen, herpes doesn't look the same on everyone), but lets just say that it was.......I waited to get to my next destination, and wiped it with some dry toilet paper, and a few hours later, tried to wipe it with soapy water. I don't know how effective this is, but is seemed like something to do. How lone can herpes stay "active or alive" on a surface?
My quesiton is...if it was herpes, is it possible to get herpes on the outside of my cheek and neck, and then, is it possible to touch that area and spread it to my lips or eye, or somewhere else...I am freaking out like I always do, and am about to go scrub my cheek some more.
Sorry - I didn't write your username correctly in my first post of the question....
I was wondering if you can contract HSV1 (or 2 i guess) via a 'dry' kiss, such as a kiss on the cheek, when you're a child...?? (not specifically just adults)
Also, I know I'm phobic about spreading the virus to my children (i'm a mother), however I also find it highly distressing to not be able to give them a goodnight kiss on the lips.. I used to only not do this when I had a 'tingle' or visible sores, though since reading up on coldsores etc, I've read that I can pass the virus on to them asymptomatically as well, so this would mean kissing on the lips should never be done?? I've since stopped altogether, lesion or no, but I just wanted to know if I'm doing the right thing?...
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