December 27, 2015 at 1:29 pm #11126Worried904Participant
Hello Terri, hope you’re doing well this afternoon and had a good holidaY.
I’ve been worried the last few days because I think I may have contracted oral herpes. A few months ago I shared a cigarette with a friend and there was saliva on it. Last month I found out that she occasionally gets cold sores. I know it can be transferred via bodily fluids. is there a possibility I could have gotten the virus from her?
– Monday I developed a fever with a sore throat. Also had sinus pressure on my face. Right corner of my mouth became very itchy and started burning. Took aspirin. Helped with my sore throat and fever.
– Tuesday still had same symptoms, took more aspirin and noticed a very tiny bump on my lower lip right on the lip line. It didn’t burn or itch and no tingling sensation before it appeared. Continued to take aspirin for fever and sore throat.
– Wednesday yet again I had the same symptoms. Tiny bump on lip line didn’t increase or decrease in size. Started panicking. That night I went to the clinic. Said the burning in the corner of my mouth was due to cheilitis. Gave me topical cream to use. Stopped the burning and itching. I also read online that fever and sore throat could be symptoms of cold sores. Oh, forgot to mention that I did ask the nurse practitioner about the bump on my lip and she said she couldn’t see anything, nor were there any vesticles. Also dos strep test for my throat but it came back negative. Also gave me allergy medicine because I do get allergies which was probably causing my sinus pressure.
Thursday to today (Sunday) sore throat and fever still. The small bump went away.
Sorry this was a very long post but is there a possibly that small bump I had was an oncoming cold sore? So they always turn into blisters? Thank you for taking the time to read this. I also have scheduled an appt for an std panel and the one for herpes with my doctor.
December 27, 2015 at 2:52 pm #11130Terri WarrenKeymaster
first of all, I have never in 33 years of practice seen anyone contract herpes from a utensil or a cigarette ever. Second the time from acquisition of infection to symptoms is about 5.5 days, with the range being 2-10 days. This doesn’t fit at all. I honestly don’t think that’s what is going on here. I’m not saying this couldn’t be herpes or that you don’t have herpes, I am specifically addressing your concern about transmission from this other person. If you want to know if you have oral herpes, you could get an IgG antibody test.
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