Hi Terri, Thank you for your response. When I wrote that it is taking a while to resolve, I think I used the wrong terminology. It sounds like I had a (possible) initial outbreak and then a recurrence.
I have had about two “cold sores” so far. First, I had a single sore on the top right lip/ skin border, which remained about two weeks. It appeared immediately following dental work (never happened before despite lots of dental work), and I thought it was acne at first (and did not treat it carefully). But then, even though I was taking antibiotics (for dental), it remained for about two weeks, with a scab that lasted far longer than any acne scab has ever remained (unfortunately, I do still get acne). It is unclear whether I had an additional lesion on my lips because my lips were chapped and pealing (normal for me). Second, about three weeks after the first one resolved, I got a second one (also while on antibiotics, now for a sinus infection), below my lip, above my chin. This presented similarly to a large whitehead, except the scar also lingered longer than normal acne and it did not appear to have pus. In between all of this, I have felt tickley sensations, which I attack with a tea tree oil/ alcohol mix and nothing sprouts.
In any case, does this sound like cold sores? Could the low HSV1 IGG be consistent with a new infection? It sounds like I either need a swab test and/or Western Blot? I think I have to wait about 2 more months for WB?
Thank you again for your assistance.