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July 17, 2022 at 7:43 am #78137ClipperSongParticipant
Terri, I am female aged 45, my primary outbreak of HSV2 was diagnosed via PCR swab on April 30. The only lesion was about dime size on my sacrum and lasted a few weeks. I also had sciatic nerve pain. I went onto antiviral acyclovir, and have remained on a prophylactic dose.
On June 2, my lesion had healed leaving a red scar, and I was still having sciatic pain, when my daughter (age 11) shared a bed with me as she was unwell with mononucleosis. She had pajamas on but during the night one leg had rolled up over her knee.
My pajama top had also rolled up and I am 80% sure that her knee came into contact with my lower back/sacrum where the sore was located.
A few days later I saw marks on her knee. She reported it had begun like a single, very itchy ‘insect bite’. She scratched and it had burst leaving two tiny, open but dry unevenly shaped marks, and a few more scattered marks a little further away. This all then crusted over into one sore again and a yellowy scab quickly came and went. All gone by June 12.
On a dermatome map, her initial spot would be L4 or L5.
On July 14 she spent a day bare legged in the sun. I noticed a spot appear on her other leg, L5 detmatome. I have some melissa balm ointment in the house and applied some to this spot. This made it a larger area but flat and red. I left it awhile and it came up as a single spot again. It looks like a bump quite deep under the skin with flakey skin on top, I’m not sure if there is any fluid in it at this stage.
We went twice to see our doctor, who said he could not swab as there was no pus or liquid. He did not prod or scrape to get any.
Q1. Do you recommend a blood test (western blot?) for my daughter?
Q2. Should I try to take a home swab. Can I prod and scrape to get some fluid? Would skin flakes or a scab be test-able?
Q3. How likely is it that my daughter could get the sores on her genitals at some time in future?
Q4. Is it a danger to babies if she has recurring obs on her knee when she is a mother?
July 17, 2022 at 2:18 pm #78140ClipperSongParticipant
I’m adding a link to the photos I’ve taken – date next to photo.
I know lesions normally recurr in the same dermatome where it is initially caught – but can they really cross over sides from right to left leg like this?
July 29, 2022 at 3:32 am #78190Terri WarrenKeymaster
This looks nothing like herpes and I think transmission to her in the way you describe is EXTREMELY unlikely. The skin of her knee is too thick for virus to penetrate. HSV comes in through very thin skin or mucous membrane, not knees.
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