July 15, 2019 at 11:17 pm #43619
I have a question about indirect transmission.
I have two children. One had a possible cold sore that I wiped with my finger. Soon after, my other young child needed to use the restroom. I grabbed the door handle to open the door. I washed my hands but needed to leave to get a towel to dry off. I’m worried that when I came back after washing and drying my hands, I touched the doorknob again, thus picking up the virus again from the doorknob and wiped my child with the virus on my hand. A part of my hand did touch her genitals while wiping. Could this possibly transmit the virus from one child to another?
Also, after touching the doorknob then washing my hands, I might have grabbed the doorknob while my hands were wet and got the knob wet too, theoretically mixing the moisture and herpes together on the doorknob. If I came back and touched the wet knob again to close the door right before wiping my child, would that moisture make it more likely to transmit? I can’t remember whether I touched the wet side of the door or not, so an answer on both wet and dry knobs is helpful.
Also, for simplicity’s sake, if one child touched their cold sore, then a doorknob, then I came and touched the same knob and immediately wiped the other child (again hand touched genitals while wiping) could this possibly transmit?
Thank you for your response. Just a very worried mom and the rest of the net has very conflicting information.
July 16, 2019 at 5:44 pm #44065
Herpes virus is NOT transmitted in the way you describe. Absolutely not. Please don’t worry about this any longer.
July 23, 2019 at 11:02 am #44341
Thank you for your response.
I’ve also worried about another incident.
I touched a cold sore while changing my daughter’s diaper then her leg with the same hand that touched a cold sore. She then touched that same area of her leg and quickly touched her own genitals. Is it possible to transmit to her if this was all done in a quick period of time?
Obviously, I’m concerned about indirect transmission and how long it could survive I may seem paranoid, but as a Mom, I guess it comes with the territory.
Thank you again!
July 29, 2019 at 5:48 am #44594
Of course being paranoid come with the territory of being a mom – I totally get it.
But you are overestimating how contagious the herpes virus is. The second situation that you describe above is also NOT a method of transmission. It requires a significant amount of virus to infect another person and what you describe does not meet this criteria.
August 19, 2019 at 9:30 am #46396
Thank you again.
I keep finding myself in situations where I question the possibilities.
The other day, I rubbed a cold sore, then immediately grabbed my daughters bathing suit (it was dry) in the area that covers her genitals. I handed it to her to put on. Now I’m worried I may have put some of the virus onto the bathing suit and she put it on right after.
Could the virus transmit if I touched a cold sore with my hand, then touched her bathing suit in the area that would cover her vagina and it came into contact with delicate skin in or around her vagina?
August 24, 2019 at 6:59 pm #47680
You area vastly overestimating the ability of this virus to infect someone else.
This is a sexually transmitted virus. None of what you describe fits that description. None of it is a risk.
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