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My daughter has fever blisters....

& I am curious to how one acquires this virus? No one in our family has fever blisters or hsv 1 so i don't know how she got it. My husbands brother has hsv 2 but we rarely ever see him & if we do he is always very careful around her. Could he have given it to her? Im not to sure how these things work.


Asked by Anonymous at 2:06 PM on Feb. 26, 2011 in Health

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  • At some point your DD has been exposed to the Herpes Virus (simplex 1). It is contagious through skin to skin contact. How old is she? Does she go to day care/pre-school or regular school? Sometimes kids share a drink with a straw or utensils.

    From the Mayo Clinic: "You get the first episode of herpes infection from another person who has an active lesion. Shared eating utensils, razors and towels, as well as kissing, may spread herpes simplex virus type 1."

    My DD has also had an outbreak and it's so hard to understand where it came from! If you can, talk to her about not sharing "personal and private" things with others (especially people who are not family), such as toothbrushes, chap stick, water/soda bottles, spoons & forks. It makes me feel like I'm an over-protective parent but it's good to teach them young how to avoid these things.

    Answer by 5BabyBees at 2:23 PM on Feb. 26, 2011

  • Has she had a fever? That can cause them. A food allergy can cause them - if DH eats raw tomato, even just a tiny peice, he gets cold sores.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:09 PM on Feb. 26, 2011

  • These can also trigger them-

    Emotional upset and stress.
    Physical stress and fatigue.
    Illnesses (including a cold or the flu).
    Injury to the lips or skin, such as physical trauma or severe chapping.
    Injury to the lips from excessive exposure to bright sunlight or ultraviolet lamps.
    Menstruation or pregnancy.
    An immune system deficiency.

    Answer by babygirl0782 at 2:11 PM on Feb. 26, 2011

  • I get them twice a year. They can get it from basically anywhere- shopping carts (fluid got on the handle), school, or friends houses. You can apply Abreeva (Check product labels for age restrictions), Carmex, Blistex, or get a prescription for Valtrex or Zovirax. You can also learn more about the cold sore life cycle at If you choose to apply a cream to the sore, use a qtip to avoid further transmission, and constantly wash hands.

    Answer by serioussifL at 3:02 PM on Feb. 26, 2011