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It is very unlikely that you will spread the HSV1 infection to your eye by touching close to a lesion and then touching your eye.
Just washing your hands and face with warm water and soap should take care of things
You need not worry....I believe you will be fine and that you have not done anything to move the infection toward your eye.
Does this make sense to you?
Thank you. I'm concerned because I've read from numerous online sources that the virus is very easy to transmit this way. To be clear, I touched perhaps 5 mm from an active genital lesion and then directly touched my eyeball.
It is not that easy to transmit to other parts of your body. You will be fine. No need to worry. :-)
Not sure if you saw my last reply, here it is. Thank you. I'm concerned because I've read from numerous online sources that the virus is very easy to transmit this way. To be clear, I touched perhaps 5 mm from an active genital lesion and then directly touched my eyeball.
So I appreciate the reassurance but it directly contradicts other sources.
That is why you are talking to a doctor with two decades of experience right now instead of Mr. Google :-)
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The sources I'm seeing that state transmission is common in this manner are herpes.com, which states: "You can also contract herpes of the eye by self-inoculation and contamination during your own active herpes infection or cold sore." Numerous other sites contain similar information. Unless you have some source that would indicate otherwise, I feel like your answer is unfortunately incorrect.
I do appreciate your reassurances, and of course very much want to believe them. Can you give me some rationale for your answer other than your general experience in the field? Why is transmission this way not a concern? Is there already immunity? Also with all respect mode of transmission is often unclear so though you've treated many people it's not clear to me that would necessarily mean you know precisely how they contracted the disease. I'd really appreciate if you can provide some sort of evidence beyond your own general experience here. It just seems somewhat implausible that trusted websites that focus exclusively on herpes would be giving out patently inaccurate information.
Thanks for your reply. To be clear, the genital outbreak just started 36 hours ago so not sure what that means in terms of viral load.
Once again, I do appreciate your reassurance, but I'd like to take precautions none the less. Would eye wash and/or getting antiviral eyedrops potentially mitigate the chances of infection here?
Thanks, I"m not sure if you saw my second paragraph, for some reason there were several line breaks after the first: Once again, I do appreciate your reassurance, but I'd like to take precautions none the less. Would eye wash and/or getting antiviral eyedrops potentially mitigate the chances of infection here?
Thanks. If there are any other precautions I could take please let me know. Otherwise I'll keep my fingers crossed.