My 10yo son had rashy bumps/sores along one side of his waist or just under it in a line & dr said it was herpes. I went in thinking shingles and was horrified. How could this happen? I got type 2 12 yrs before his birth. GYN said I was ok to deliver. Could it be his first outbreak since birth? Or could it have been misdiagnosed? Info is in his chart & his new GP told him last year, but he didn’t ask me anything. I had forgotten about this or blocked it out. He’s in his20’s now and has not had anything like this since. I’m horrified to have a conversation with him & that I may have caused this.
This does not sound like herpes to me. Was it swab tested and is positive for HSV or did he just look at it and say it was herpes? I would guess is was an error in diagnosis if no swab testing was done of the lesion. I cannot imagine how a 10 year old boy would get herpes at or just under his waist. If you had infected him at birth, he likely would have been a sick little boy. Was a swab test done?
There was no swab test or any test done, the doctor made a visual diagnosis. He struggled with the diagnosis but once he decided it was herpes, he was confident and left abruptly telling me not to tell anyone. Other than shingles, what could it have been? They were not painful to him, just bothered him since his pants rubbed it, if I remember correctly. My outbreak (18 years prior) was incredibly painful. BTW he was not a sick baby. It seems crazy to ask this but, IF it was herpes, and that was his first outbreak, isn’t that where other outbreaks would occur?
Shingles is painful and would be so rare in a 10 year old. I think your doctor took a GUESS and told you his guess, not really doing any testing to confirm this and not recognizing the impact this had on you. If he has had nothing since, I think herpes is a very unlikely diagnosis. Also the location of the symptoms don’t suggest herpes really. And of course, this has absolutely nothing to do with you having herpes.
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