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Touched my eye area after touching cold sore

I am usually so careful but I touched a cold sore that only flared up today and then rubbed my eye straight away with the same finger.

My question is; how long will symptoms take to show?; what symptoms would show?; and how likely is it to turn into something more serious? it's easter here and if it is something serious how long do I have to treat it?

Many thanks,

SA
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233488 tn?1310693103
MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL
You are likely okay. It's not that easy to transfer. If you did have a problem (foreign body feeling, discomfort, watery) one might expect the problem in 2-3 days.

JCH MD
605877 tn?1301700646
Ok so the cold sore has died in one area and reappeared yesterday much larger but already has a crust on it.

however I have been experiencing what i would call a "tight" sensation over my left sinus and have had a headache all day from the front of my head to the base.  Is this anything I should be concerned about?

many thanks,
SA
233488 tn?1310693103
MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL
Sure be concerned but its not the symptoms of corneal H simplex.

JCH MD
605877 tn?1301700646
Yes sorry I had posted the reply before I had remembered this was eye care community. Apologies again.

Thank you,
SA
233488 tn?1310693103
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I just got a cold sore today. I put over the counter medicine on it. After that I rinsed my hands and then took my contacts out. Should I be worried about having infected my eyes? Should I go to a doctor?
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