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Forum Name: Dermatology Topics
Question: Herpes Simplex
|aprilgirl12 - Sat Apr 21, 2007 3:59 pm||
Hi, I was just wondering how long the Herpes simplex virus (ie. the one causing cold sores) can live outside the host. If you use a towel on the outbreak, or if touch the blisters with your hand how long does it survive?
Thanks in advance.
|Dr. Chan Lowe - Sat Apr 21, 2007 8:16 pm||
The herpes virus is not a very strong virus and dies quickly outside the body.
Reportedly it can only live for a few minutes outside the body. It does not like to live in cooler temperatures than body temperature, nor does it like dry conditions.
Transmissionfrom a towel is very unlikely. Theoretically if one were to touch an open blister then immediately touch an area of broken skin the virus could be transmitted.
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