[Question #3991] Question on cold sores

32 months ago
About 3 days ago, I recently had an interaction with a friend who gave me a peck/kiss on my lips that probably lasted about 5-7 seconds. An hour after this interaction, she disclosed to me that she had got a cold sore about 7 days ago for the first time.  She had gone to her doctor and got it checked out and mentioned that the cold sore on her lip went away in a few days.  I didn't see any visible sores but I am freaking out that we kissed just one week after she had it.

Given that she kissed me for about 5-7 seconds one week after she had gotten a cold sore, what's the risk that I may get it as well? It has been about 3 and half days since this interaction happened. In the last day, I have developed a mild sore throat, my head feels a little zoned out and my body feels tired.  I'd appreciate any advice.
32 months ago
I'd appreciate any advice. Thank you.
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
32 months ago
I think the exposure that you had to this virus was incredibly minimal.  5-7 seconds with a peck is almost certainly not going to infect you with HSV 1 the cause of cold sores.  It takes more exposure for a longer period of time than that.  If you were going to get symptoms, and have truly never been infected before, you would develop sores on this lip within 2-10 days of the exposure.  I think you might be over-noticing symptoms at this point, do you think that's a possibility?

Terri
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32 months ago
Thanks for your advice Terri. It has been about 4 and a half days since this happened. I am still down with the mild sore throat, body ache and general fatigue. I was also out in the public with other folks consuming alcohol and perhaps shared containers with them over the weekend. 

Given that it was about 7 days after my friend had gotten her cold sore, is that enough time for the cold sore to have  healed completely? She certainly seemed to think that it was gone.
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
32 months ago
It sounds like maybe you picked up some other little virus or your worry is really getting you down. 
Yes, 7 days with no cold sore certainly is healed.

Terri
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