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    Default Cold sore question

    Okay, this might be a dumb question but...
    Can you catch the herpes virus that causes cold sores from a telephone? I work with this girl who get cold sores all the time. Last week she had a ginormous one on her lip. I was like "get away"! LOL! Well anyway, I'm kinda worried now because I answered the telephone and without even thinking about it I tucked the phone between my face and shoulder because I was in the middle of ringing up a customer. What if she had used the telephone before that and I didn't know it? Can the virus live on that surface?

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    Default Re: Cold sore question

    What kind of cold sores does she have? One is the grodie kind, another is from stress. I don't know if the stress kind is catchable.

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    Default Re: Cold sore question

    I don't know. She says her whole family gets them, so I assume it is the normal herpes virus that causes cold sores... not the other one.
    There seems to be conflicting info on the internet. Some say that the virus cannot live outside the body, while others say it can live up to 8 hours on non-porous surfaces.
    It just makes me so nervous because we have to touch the same keyboard, pens, phone, etc.

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    Default Re: Cold sore question

    Eeew. I hope you keep hand-sani stuff handy. Her whole family? I wonder if they keep passing them back and forth to eachother. If you do show signs of one, have the Carmex ready! My mom will get a sore if she's really nervous about something, the carmex works GREAT!
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    From my understanding, once you have the virus it is in your body forever. You can't "catch" it again. So she probably got it from her parents kissing her when she was little and she still has outbreaks today. I'm worried because if I catch it then I would eventually give it to Mr BRS. He would hate me! Or worse yet, think I was cheating on him or something!

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    Default Re: Cold sore question

    There's a slight chance that you might get a cold sore from using the phone.. but that's it. You wouldn't get the virus that's in her. Some people are just more prone to them than others, even if they don't have the Herpes virus. If you feel a cold sore coming on, put ice on the area & that should stop it from even appearing. Also, I've heard that Lysine supplements prevent cold sores.. I don't know if you'd want to take a few of those for a week or two. But I really don't think you have anything to worry about.

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    Default Re: Cold sore question

    Not sure if that could be caught due to using the phone? Probably needs to be more direct contact and if there was a crack or cut on your own lip. Best to consult a MD if you are that worried. Best to also not touch your face or mouth and keep your hands clean with thorough washing. I also think what you are describing as on the lip is more commonly known as "cold sore/fever blister"= potentially contagious versus canker sore in mouth and commonly caused by stress= usually not contagious.
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    Default Re: Cold sore question

    I'd buy a pop up canister of some sort of wipes, and keep them at the register then I'd keep surfaces clean as I could.
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    I agree with some posters here about using hand sanitizer or wipes to clean off the phone just to be safe ---

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    Default Re: Cold sore question

    BRS got the cootieeees!!...

    My brother recommends abreva when you feel a cold sore is about to make an appearence. Just make sure to apply it at the first sign. DOnt worry about it BRS. It wouldnt be the end of the world if you do have it. You worry too much.

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    Default Re: Cold sore question

    Apparently the virus is inside your body just waiting for a time when your immune system is down. Once it errupts, you will have repeated episodes every time your body is fighting something.
    And as a person who gets these often, I highly recommend Lysine. When I feel one coming on, I take 6 capsules and then (four) 6 hours later and (four) another 6 hours after that. It won't even surface if you do this.
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    Default Re: Cold sore question

    You guys are really nice for making recommendations about what to do if you have a cold sore. But my problem is that I don't get them and I don't want to get them.

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    Default Re: Cold sore question

    Quote Originally Posted by boysRsmelly View Post
    You guys are really nice for making recommendations about what to do if you have a cold sore. But my problem is that I don't get them and I don't want to get them.
    ^^ LOL!!

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    Default Re: Cold sore question

    Yeah, I guess if she has one I'll just have to be extra careful... or something. I don't want to catch it. Like I said, Mr BRS would be pretty pissed.

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    ^^ Well, I still think you got the cooties.

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