I haven’t had herpes in quite a while, but now it’s back. Meanwhile, however, I have two kids, aged three years and seven months, respectively. I suppose I should stay away from them for a while, and I will. But I wonder:
What are the specific dangers of herpes to small children, other than getting herpes themselves? (I seem to remember something about meningitis…) Up to what age do I have to take special care?
How close can I get? No kissing or touching the mouth, okay. What about breathing/coughing/sneezing in their direction? How exactly is lip herpes transmitted, anyway?
At what stages of the illness do I become contagious, and when am I safe again? Anything I can do to speed up the process?
It’s not the same virus that causes herpes zoster (shingles), is it?
I’ll spare you the disclaimers and state right here that none of you will be held legally responsible for whatever advice you give me, whether you’re doctors or not.
Thanks a bunch!