Re: Ocular herpes
Herpes is highly contagious, type 1 and type 2. That's why it is so common. I've read it can't live on towels etc, but I'd be very vigilant about hand washing and not touching your face at all, and just to be safe during an outbreak, don't let anyone else touch it or anything that has recently touched your face. Use a small facecloth to dry your face after a shower and dry the outbreak area last, then throw everything in the wash. We don't reuse towels etc anymore just to be safe.