June 30, 2020 at 8:52 am #70630scaredtodeathParticipant
I have written to you in the past regarding my daughter being somehow infected with my HSV2. Over time, I have come to understand and accept her condition as eczema since she is constantly itchy on both thighs and her cheeks. I had some peace for a time but now I am questioning if my 10 year old son has somehow contracted it. I want to just say that I have largely depended on your expertise to remain reasonable about the possibility of children contracting from their parents. It has truly been a god send so I am hoping that once again you can ease my fears with facts.
On May 4th my son said the tip of his penis hurt and itched. It was painful to urinate as well. I put some antibacterial Crema on the top and noticed it was inflamed. It lasted two days and went away for most part, only remaining slightly itchy. I tried to write this off in my mind as something due to swimming two days in a row without showering, possibly too much chlorine. I don’t know.
Then I noticed a single red bump on the back of his thigh. The problem is I don’t know if it was right after the initial symptoms or 1-2 weeks later as he usually has shorts on. It did not hurt, itch or blister. It is just a mostly flat red spot that won’t go away. He still has it, although it is fading. I can’t think of anything else that takes so long to disappear than HSV. I also think back to a visit to the doctor years ago when I was told he had white blood cells in urine but no infection. I think this happened with my daughter as well. Perhaps that test is just overly sensitive to white blood cells, I am not sure.
Background: I found out I was HSV 2 positive with my first pregnancy. My son was my second pregnancy, born via c-section and he had no visible lesions and was not sick at all at birth or several weeks after. I rarely have an outbreak, if at all. I do get a single spot on butt maybe twice a year that goes away within a week, which I am assuming is HSV.
Can you tell me your thoughts on this situation?
July 2, 2020 at 8:49 pm #70664Terri WarrenKeymaster
My thought about your situation is that this is in no way herpes in your son.
Do you have outbreaks of genital herpes or only a positive antibody test?
July 2, 2020 at 11:25 pm #70666scaredtodeathParticipant
I have only been tested during pregnancy. I am not sure what test and was never told levels. But was tested positive during two different pregnancies so I assume it is accurate.
Thank you for your reply.
I do not have symptoms other than a single bump that pops up every once in awhile on my bottom that I am assuming is HSV but understand it could just be a cyst or boil. It never blisters, crusts or scabs. It is hard to know what would symptoms qualify as HSV since I have read it can be anything from a red bump to ulcerating blisters.
The reason I was concerned with my son is because his bump on thigh looks similar to what I get on my bottom. Just a red bump that goes away over time. I am curious if you think his symptoms don’t sound like HSV or because he is a child you don’t think it is.
The only thing I can think of is that he has scrapes on his knees, as little boys often have, and he somehow grazed his knee over my private’s while sleeping. I always sleep with shorts and underwear but I fear maybe they were out of place at some point while sleeping and he inadvertent touched me where his scrapes were on his knees. I know this may sound far-fetched but it is the only possibility in my mind. Do you often see single bump, non-scabbing, non-blistering on thighs?
July 3, 2020 at 2:42 pm #70672Terri WarrenKeymaster
A red bump is not usually how herpes presents. It is normally a water blister that bursts, forms ulceration, and scabs over. This is not what you are describing. I think most everyone gets red bumps from time to time on the buttocks or thighs. The way you are sleeping with pajamas is NOT a risk to your son. You are considerably overestimating the ease with which herpes is transmitted, I promise.
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