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I have a follow-up question and believe I need to pay, but don’t see an option to do that. Please let me know how do I pay for the follow-up questions
My question is as follows:
Ironically a week after my thigh scratching incident which had me worried that I had infected my son, he now has flu-like symptoms (cough, fever, swollen glands in the neck, etc.). The rational side of me says it’s typical child illness. The irrational worrisome me says its a result of the incident a week ago. My question is during an initial outbreak if there are flu-like symptoms would this also include blisters/sores or could you just have the flu symptoms? Additionally does the herpes sores always present themselves in the area where the initial infection take place (i.e. on the nose in this case).
I’m really trying to get better with this and was actually starting to feel better, but this illness, especially given the timing has me worried all over again.
I have HSV2 which was diagnosed after a swab test during my initial outbreak.
After reviewing your answers I am starting to feel better about my primary concern…infecting my children. I think it is going to take
some time to be able to fully relax and be more comfortable, but I am starting to feel better and that’s a start.
I did want to ask one last question just because I’ve read so many conflicting things. How long does herpes live outside the body (i.e. if it were on your hands or an object). I have read that it dies very quickly once exposed to air and/or it does not live very long outside the body.
Lastly, I want to thank you for your work. I have read your book and some of your work on other sites, which ultimately led me here.
Dealing with herpes is very difficult and having to sort thru all of the information that is available can be quite difficult. Working with someone who is both knowledgeable and understanding is really helpful in dealing with this. Thank you again
Thank you very much for your response. The answers to your questions are as follows:
I was married for 18 years and then separated from my husband. During this time he was involved with someone. Last year we attempted to reconcile, something I now deeply regret. Prior to reconciliation I mandated that he be tested for STDs. Unfortunately the Dr. tested for everything except herpes. When I questioned him about his status he realized that he had indeed had outbreaks..one or two blisters a couple of times a year, but no other symptoms. Because the symptoms were so mild he did not conclude that he may have an STD. He is pretty certain that the person who gave it to him was fully aware of her status and did not disclose her status. To this day she still denies knowing anything at all about the situation.
In regards to my outbreaks, the first was very bad. Lots of lesions, swollen glands, tremendous pain, etc. Since this time I do have monthly outbreaks but they are not as severe. Typically I have the tingling, burning, and a few small blisters. I was concerned because for the past month I have had the constant, tingling, burning, etc. This started as a typical outbreak and I do believe I had a couple of blisters, but the tingling, numbness and burning has not subsided at all. I have never had blisters on my thighs. They are always in the genital/buttocks area.
I have only been taking the Valtrex 3x per day for the 3 days and I still feel the same. It is quite possible that it’s just nerve sensitivity…I simply do not know. I went to the Dr. this week and he was not able to answer some of these questions but did increase my medication.
I am very diligent about washing my hands when leaving the bathroom…actually very obsessive about that. However, I feel the need to wash my hands anytime I touch my child or I immediately get concerned if I forget to wash my hands. In addition, I grow concerned if he ever climbs in my bed or lays next to me.
Sadly, yes this has made my life quite miserable, but hopefully by getting answers to some of these questions I can start to feel better both emotionally and physically.
Thank you again for your help.