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My MIL is prone to getting cold-sores when she gets a cold or while under stress. I've heard this is some (common) form of a herpes virus. I've also heard that if a child contracts it it manifests itself in a terrible (one-time) bout with the coxsackie virus and then a lifetime of being prone to cold-sores. Is this true? When is MIL contagious -only when having a cold-sore? What makes me cringe is when she offers to share her chapstick with my kids (I would absolutely forbid this if she had a cold-sore, but not sure what to do when she doesn't).<br>
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Chapsticks are single-person items, period. The little tubs that you stick a finger in then put the finger on your lips is one thing (but still not always sanitary) but anything that comes in contact with the mouth directly just shouldn't be shared.<br><br>
I wouldn't make this a "MIL only" rule- it's a good general hygiene rule. I'm not a germaphobe- I have no problem touching shopping carts, we don't use antibacterial soap at home, etc. We even share drinking glasses when everybody is healthy. I'm not scared of germs. But something that touches your mouth, doesn't get washed in between, and is used for weeks or months (giving germs lots of time to grow) is just NOT for sharing!
 

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yeah, don't let them share. I got my first cold sore as a little kid presumably from sharing chap stick. I'm surprised she's not more careful. I won't share chapstick with anyone because I would hate to give cold sores to anyone else. It is a herpes virus so once you get one, you have them for life.
 

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Yes, don't share. And buy a natural ingredient one for your kids. There is a lot of crap in those regular Walmart etc. one.<br><br>
Of course you might be buying natural ones anyway, I didn't read the whole post... short on time...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Cold sores are caused by a herpes virus. They are most contagious when there's an outbreak, but they CAN be spread at other times too. So your kids could certainly get them from sharing the chapstick, and then they'd have to deal with them for the rest of their lives (like I do, since I caught them from my husband....<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">) The initial outbreak is pretty terrible.<br><br>
I like the idea of getting them their own sticks. Your MIL could even carry them, labeled, so she would have some for them when they see her use hers.
 
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