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About a year ago I passed on the cold sore virus to my one-year-old daughter.
I know the grief cold sores caused me in my teenage and adult years and I find it hard to bear the through that by giving my little girl a kiss, I have given her this horrible virus.
She has had only one cold sore since which was brought on by a very cold wind.
I would like some advice on the best way to reduce her suffering from cold sores.
Do I need to be careful that she doesn't infect other areas of her body by touching any sores?
How careful do I need to be when her younger sister shares her cup? And is there a cure currently in the making?
I'm fairly confident I can alleviate some of your concerns about the cold sore virus and the way it may affect your daughter.
The name of the virus responsible is known as herpes simplex which as you know is characterised by the appearance of small, fluid-filled blisters.
You say you feel very guilty that you have passed the virus on to your daughter, but do you realise that the majority of people have in fact been in contact with the herpes simplex virus type 1 by the time they reach adulthood and almost everybody else becomes infected during adulthood.
While so many people are exposed to the virus, only some seem to be vulnerable to recurrent symptoms.
Your daughter is very likely to have developed cold sore viruses any way, and you cannot know for sure that it was you who transmitted the virus to her and not somebody else.
It is only in a proportion of people in whom the virus is occasionally reactivated and this may occur when the temperature at the affected site is raised, such as when somebody has a fever or during exposure to sunlight.
Cold wind and dry cracked skin will also trigger the symptoms. Transfer of the virus to other sites in the body only happens very rarely, but of course when she has open sores you need to make sure she is not scratching and transferring the fluid to other parts of her skin.
Cover her up in clothes at this time and apply anti-viral cream in the form of aciclovir or famciclovir.
Keep her out of the cold wind and the sun, and be on the alert for the reappearance of the cold sores when she has a cold or a temperature.
You need to stop her sister sharing her cup and her cutlery when she has active cold sores, but not at other times, when the virus is only dormant and inactive in the nerves which supply her lips.
There is no actual cure at the moment, but doctors are certainly working on it.
The NetDoctor Medical Team
Last updated 05.10.2011