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I went to my gp today and tried to explain the situation. She is a new gp as I don’t really have a regular one. She seems willing to try and help me find out what is going on. I explained about the swabbing and she took a swab on the spot. I’m hoping it’s the right sort. She said this swab will look for the DNA of the virus and doesn’t try to grow anything which sounds like the same thing you are talking about?
Hm. As for the swabs and the vials- it seems to me like it wouldn’t be of much use to swab over an entire week- because if I am shedding it could have been on any of the days? How often does someone on valtrex usually shed the virus? If I get this swab back and the results indicate no viral shedding would you say that means the tingling doesn’t necessarily indicate that I am shedding everyday?
If the swab comes up positive I’m not sure where to go from there- because it could just mean I was shedding on that particular day, if you know what I mean. I would probably have to do more swabs to find out if the tingling is a prodomal symptom that I am experiencing daily. Do you understand what I mean? So complicated 🙁
Can I also ask- because I keep hearing such conflicting information- how much bearing does diet have on this virus? Do things like alcohol, chocolate, artifocial sweeteners, coffee and sugar all trigger hsv? And do supplements have any benefit?