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I woke up with a cold sore on Monday. It looks like it is

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Hi,I woke up with a cold sore on Monday. It looks like it is healing today. I'll attach photos from yesterday and today. Do you think it is still contagious?The first photo is from yesterday and the second one is from today.
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 month ago.

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Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 month ago.

yes, there could still be some virus shedding from the cold sore today as it continues to heal

are you worried about spreading the virus to family members?

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
I am currently wearing a cold sore patch and a surgical mask to prevent spreading of the virus to my 6 months old daughter who I am breastfeeding and my 5 years old son.
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 month ago.

I see.

keep washing your hands frequently, no kissing for now

it will heal up soon.

you don't have to worry.

you can try to take some zinc supplements which could help boost your immune system to help fight off this cold sore.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
I believe it is non-contagious once it is disappears completely?
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 month ago.

once it heals up completely the amount of viral shedding is much much less.

but type 1 herpes virus is very common and is often can be spread to children and in family situations.

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Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Thank you!
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 month ago.

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Customer: replied 1 month ago.
One more question. Should I continue to wear the mask and the patch until it disappears completely?
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 month ago.

yes, I would wear the patch and use the mask until the skin heals up completely

and then you can stop those measures.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Thanks!
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 month ago.

you are welcome.

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