February 3, 2024 at 1:13 am #84092sal87Participant
Thank you for your previous advice. I’ve just done something that I’m worried put my child at risk of infection. A wound on my face healed 2 weeks ago, but it’s left a damaged pink patch of skin. It wasn’t really confirmed for me what it was, HSV or a bacterial infection diagnosed by different doctors, and I had a thin layer of antibacterial cream over it. The surrounding area was tingly a couple of days ago but nothing came of it.
He had just stepped out of the shower and asked for a towel. To smell to check it was clean, I basically put my face in a towel, and the damaged skin above my lip was wet because of the cream. Then I passed it to him and he immediately used the towel. This all happened in a few seconds. I can’t believe I did this. I realised quickly but he had already used it. He said he never dried his face and dried starting from the top of his body.
I’m not sure what to think. I’ve started him on oral acyclovir 200 mg x 5 doses per day. There is enough for 5 days. I can’t find a lot of information on this preventing transmission, but what I have found is that 5x this dose for twice the time is recommended for prophylaxis in lab workers, and that immediate use of HIV antivirals are known to prevent infection of HSV also.
Do you think this dose is enough for this purpose ? I just know for a fact that my doctor will not take my concern seriously and prescribe anything else. He isn’t a young child, he should take an adult level dose.
I’ve been thinking though, I can’t be the only parent ever to do something like this. If this was a transmission risk, children would regularly be acquiring genital herpes from towels, and this just doesn’t seem to happen. Or maybe I did do something that doesn’t usually happen ?
February 6, 2024 at 4:13 pm #84101sal87Participant
I’ve been talking to chat GPT about the symptoms I had. It explained the difference to me between a lesion containing pus and milky white fluid that is described online regarding cold sores. It says this fluid does not literally look like milk and that it actually has an opalescent or kind of transparent look. Is this right ? Because the fluid in them was closer to paper white or bright white and completely opaque and they were raised and deep.
It did appear to be pus,looking the same as acne I frequently get on my face. I was just not sure because it was right on the outside border of my lip and the way it ruptured beneath the skin when I picked at it was odd, and after googling, as I would have said pus under the skin does look like milk. I have looked up pictures and with cold sores it has looked opalescent, maybe off- white or very thinned white, I wouldn’t really describe this as milky.
When it leaked under my skin the spreading fluid was thick looking.
There was one picture that looked like white acne spots out of hundreds I looked at, but that wasn’t on the face. I know I should’ve got it tested but I couldn’t get an appointment early and then my doctor refused to. They did just diagnose based on a single yellow scab type area of skin (I had been applying crushed amoxicillin paste and corticosteroids on the intact skin over area, this seemed to irritate it) and I am struggling to find out why that would look different in a viral or bacterial infection.
February 17, 2024 at 7:52 am #84177Terri WarrenKeymaster
Wait, you treated your child with acyclovir? How old are they?
Herpes lesions normally don’t contain pus; they are usually filled with clear fluid.
The experience that you had, in my opinion, presents no risk for transmission to this child. First, the sore had healed and only left pink skin. Second, there was a layer of cream over it. And third, you don’t even know that this was herpes. I hear that this is bothering you but I hope you can put it behind you. This does not seem worrying to me, even a tiny bit!
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