But can your lipstick or other lip products give you an STD? I know it sounds a bit selfish, and one of your friends is probably going to get annoyed with you when she needs to borrow some lip balm. In general, it is best not to share chapsticks for exactly these reasons. In particular, it may be important to know whether what you are describing as a cold sore is actually an outbreak of the herpes virus HSV-1 or HSV-2. Hopefully the cold sore you have will be completely gone in no time! When you thought sampling lipstick was just sampling lipstick, but turned out to be the way you got the Herpes Simplex virus. But while the jury is still out on whether or not she got the virus from a tester at the concert, Greenidge is right in that you 1. can in fact contract the herpes simplex virus from a lipstick that’s been infected by it, and 2.
Sounds stupid, but can you? also, any other types of diseases transferred this way? Fact: You Can Get Herpes From Sharing Lipstick, Lip Balm, Cigarettes, Etc. If the person you are sharing the lipstick with has herpes, then you could potentially contract oral herpes from sharing lipstick directly after them. People with cold sores should never share cups, lipsticks or towels and should refrain from kissing children, pregnant women, anybody who is immuno-compromised, and especially cancer patients on chemotherapy or radiation therapy, for whom a herpes infection can be life-threatening. Cold sores are so contagious they can easily spread to other parts of the body. Very important to keep in mind: if you have cold sores for the first time, run, don’t walk to your doctor. After a cold sore episode, throw away the lip balm and get a new one; otherwise, you’ll just keep re-infecting yourself.
You can easily pass on your cold sores by sharing food, eating utensils, drinking straws, cups, and glasses. Apply sunblock to avoid getting a sunburn and lip balm to prevent your lips from getting too dry. Once you have the herpes simplex virus, you have it. I found that if I didn’t change lip balm, I could then transfer it all over my lip. To my lower left, where I’ve never had one before. At first I didn’t make any connection but then when I found out she was HIV positive, I became concerned. I initially thought the AC was perhaps Herpes but a test confirmed negative, so the AC didn’t get treated right away and got pretty bad. At AIDS Vancouver we do not recommend any at home tests (Oraquick) as they are not approved in Canada, and can produce false positives with no opportunity for pre and post test counselling. Since sharing chap stick presents no risk of acquiring HIV, you would need no further testing.
How Contagious Are Cold Sores?
Yes you definitely can, if the person whos chapstick you are using has herpes. Yes if that friend used the chapstick on or near a herpes sore on the lip. Can cold sores be passed on to other people? If you find that sunlight triggers your cold sores, try using sunscreen lip balm (SPF 15 or more) when out in bright sunlight. Do not share lip balms with other people if you have cold sores. Both types of herpes are contagious and are spread easily. HSV-1 can be spread by kissing, sharing a drinking glass, sharing Chap Stick or lipstick and similar contact where an infected mouth comes in contact with another mouth. Once you have the herpes simplex virus, it lives inside your body forever. You may be surprised to know that most of the population some experts say 85 of us has herpes simplex. If you kiss someone who has a cold soreor share a napkin, a soda, or lip balm with someone who has oneyou can get one, too. You can get the herpes simplex virus by coming in contact with infected individuals. This may happen through kissing, sharing cosmetics, or sharing food. Alternative treatments for cold sores include taking lysine supplements or using lip balm containing lemon extract.
How Contagious Are Cold Sores?
Could you lie and make up a story that she saw a kid with lip balm and was trying to use the kids lib balm???? Just a sugestion. Herpes is contagious, and sharing lip balm, toothbrushes, etc..are a sure way to spread HERPES (among several others), in my opinion this should be addressed in an honest way. But some of those seemingly harmless items can actually put you at risk for serious skin and health problems when shared. After each use, the bar gets covered in organisms from your skin, ranging from harmless germs to serious pathogens people can carry without getting sick, says Bowe. Herpes simplex virus, which causes cold sores, can be spread between two people sharing ChapStick, even if the infected person has no visible sores, says Bowe. I recently shared my chapstick with my mom (3 days ago) who gets cold sores, but did not have one at the time. I do not usually get sores in my mouth or anything, so it made me nervous that I could have caught hsv1 from sharing chapstick with her. If you have a history of cold sores, then practice the following strategies to help prevent them from reoccurring. Avoid sharing lip balms, lipstick and facial creams with other people also, as it’s theoretically possible for HSV to survive on or in these mediums for short periods of time.
You can use Zovirax Antiviral Cream as a first step to help treat and heal your cold sore, and in situations where you want to prevent the spread of your cold sore or stop it from being seen we recommend you use Zovirax invisiSeal Patches. If they’re dry, use a lip balm or moisturiser. But remember, if you use one, don’t share it and don’t reuse it after the cold sore’s gone. It is always wise to check with your pharmacist before putting anything on cold sores, as some things can just make them worse. Question Posted Saturday October 25 2008, 7:29 pmi heard that you can get std’s from using other people’s lipstick and lip gloss. You can spread an eye infection from sharing mascara too. You can get spread head lice (if one has them) from sharing combs and brushes. The only way you could have an std from using someones chapstick is if they have cold sores.