Could you help me understand what you mean by new skin?
When my boyfriend gets cold sores above his lip, the skin can remain pinkish red for several weeks after the blister is gone. I’m not sure if the reddened area of the skin would be considered new skin or not.
I understand that there is never a time to be completely sure that no virus is present, but I’ve read that viral shedding is much more likely in the week before and the week after the outbreak, so I just wasn’t sure how to conceptualize that time frame. I’ve heard it described as seven days after the scab falls off naturally, but there was no scab this time.
I did not realize that the virus isn’t typically present in saliva.