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Is viral infection of mouth contagious?

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Posted on Fri, 13 May 2016
Question: I work around children. A child had sore/blisters in his mouth that was bleeding last thursday. I'm very paranoid person with infections. The mother was told by the doctor that it was a viral infection but did not say what it was exactly.

Today the child had picked up a cookie from the carpet and put it in his mouth, and i quickly removed the part of the cookie that haven't made its way into his mouth from him. I felt like I touched abit of his saliva from the cookie, from that moment I got very paranoid I could catch something from him. I understand that if i dont have cuts infection is lower. But because I work with children I'm constantly washing my hands my hand is abit cracked from the dryness.

So what are the chances of me being infected from whatever the child might have had? I did wash my hands right after.

I'm very paranoid because recently I was diagnosed with HSV 1 on my lip. After finding that out I was so afraid of spreading it every where on my body.

I'm also wondering if the child could have hsv in his mouth?


so now I'm scared where ever my finger touched the saliva on the cookie from the child is where the infections is. and is afraid touching my face or any part of my body.

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Answered by Dr. Albana Sejdini (3 hours later)
Brief Answer:
As you washed your hands right after exposure, no worries

Detailed Answer:
Hi my dear,

First, relax as you have nothing to worry about.
From what you are reporting, it seems that the child has common viral infection that has caused mouth sore/blisters. That will be subsided in a few days, so nothing worrisome.

Children are more prone to have such infections with such presentations than adults are due to their immature immune system and their habit to put everything in the mouth

When you touched the cookie, it was a risk to get that virus if you could have put in your mouth. But you washed your hands immediately after touching so 0 chance to get it.

HSV1 is a very common viral infection affecting people of all ages, so do not get scared.

Hope it answered to your questions.
Let me know if you need further help.
Dr.Albana
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Albana Sejdini (12 hours later)
Thank you Doctor Sejdini
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Answered by Dr. Albana Sejdini (18 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Happy to be assisting you...

Detailed Answer:
You're welcome!

If no more questions, please do not forget to close this discussion.

All the best!
Dr.Albana
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Is viral infection of mouth contagious?

Brief Answer: As you washed your hands right after exposure, no worries Detailed Answer: Hi my dear, First, relax as you have nothing to worry about. From what you are reporting, it seems that the child has common viral infection that has caused mouth sore/blisters. That will be subsided in a few days, so nothing worrisome. Children are more prone to have such infections with such presentations than adults are due to their immature immune system and their habit to put everything in the mouth When you touched the cookie, it was a risk to get that virus if you could have put in your mouth. But you washed your hands immediately after touching so 0 chance to get it. HSV1 is a very common viral infection affecting people of all ages, so do not get scared. Hope it answered to your questions. Let me know if you need further help. Dr.Albana