LAST EDITED ON Apr-25-11 AT 06:51 AM (CDST)
Hey all, I have a couple questions about transmission from an object that remains moist (chapstick, vaseline) and the second ? goes to auto inoculation and triggering an outbreak.
One, can herpes live in chapstick for a long time, unlike on a hard dry surface? Can someone get herpes from using vaseline or chapstick that may have been exposed to virus weeks, days, months etc earlier?
Secondly, lets say I use a chapstick and have an active cold sore. We presume that there is virus now in the chapstick. Weeks or days or months later, I use that chapstick and my immune system happens to be a little tired. Will the viral load in the chapstick (for arguments sake) trigger an outbreak for me?
As a follow up once you have had herpes antibodies established, and have a current cold sore, can you spread additional cold sores on your face or eyes for example in the midst of an outbreak (via using chapstick or simply touching the cold sore and then touching your eye) or is it just additional activity from the nerves?
This was part of a thread on livejournal and I just wanted to ask it here since I just dont know for sure what the answers are.