Thank you Terri – your help is greatly appreciated. To my knowledge I’ve never had cold sores, and I have a long term partner so I know my anxiety and guilt is driving a lot of this. My partner has never had cold sores either.
I also should note the ‘pimple’ subsided this week as I warm compress-ed it and applied topical benzoyl peroxide twice a day. So far the tenderness etc. has disappeared. It seems likely that this was an ingrown hair given I remembered I’d tweezed nose hairs in the same place over the past few weeks. It sounds like since my mouth/nose wasn’t involved in the exposure and it responded to an antibacterial, I can be sure the nose pimple was not related to my exposure? To be clear, the only symptoms I’m even eligible for are genital given the nature of the exposure? Does this also rule out a mild sore throat as a symptom of HSV for me?
Your help truly is worth its weight in gold – I really appreciate it.