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The Doctors discuss a slew of surprising places people have claimed to have contracted herpes and they weigh in on whether you should be concerned.
According to the World Health Organization, 67 percent of the world's population has been infected or exposed to the herpes simplex virus. Dermatologist Dr. Sonia Batra explains that not everyone who has been exposed to the virus will get a sore. She explains that the virus is transmitted by skin-to-skin contact and it is believed that when your immune system is taxed, a cold sore will appear in a small percentage of people.
In one case, a woman claims she contracted herpes from a tester lipstick at a popular cosmetic store, but The Doctors note that proving someone contracted the virus at the makeup counter might be difficult. They share tips on how to possibly protect yourself when sharing makeup.
One suggestion is placing the lipstick in alcohol for 15 to 30 seconds, which should theoretically kill bacteria and viruses. They also say if each customer were to use a disposable applicator to test the product, it would cut down on the risk of infection while at the makeup counter.
The Doctors also discuss the case of man who filed a lawsuit claiming he contracted type 1 herpes and a staph infection during a 2013 high school wrestling competition. The man’s attorney, claims the coach of the opposing wrestler failed to perform a proper skin check and his client then contracted herpes and staph from his opponent or the wrestling mat that was used. His client claims his first outbreak occurred just days after the 2013 match. The man's lawyer says his client then had another outbreak of sores on his forehead.
The Doctors note that a herpes outbreak on the forehead is rare and ER physician Dr. Travis Stork calls an outbreak on that part of the body “highly unusual.”
Dr. Stork warns, “Whenever you participate in a sport, you’re at risk for these things… it’s always going to be an inherent risk in body-to-body contact sports. It’s not just sex, any time two bodies are commingled, you are at risk for communicable diseases.”
The Doctors’ takeaway from the wrestling case is that if you are involved in a skin-to-skin contact sport and have any type of open sore or skin issue, or see anyone with skin problems, do not participate.