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We have a number of friends we greet with a cheek kiss, which can sometimes get close to the lips. I suppose that is possible that could have resulted in transmission, though we’ve not seen lesions on any of our friends. I will consider a redo of the wb, yes it is expensive.
The reason I opted for this test was because I had some tiny sores that appeared in my nose and some lip irritation, which had been swabbed negative for HSV. I had these well before May 16. So no, I did not have any activity in that timeframe. I would think that having HSV2 would give me some defense against HSV1 ? Either way, can I conclude no HSV1 ?
Thank you Terri. I would like to proceed with the SB through your clinic. Do I need to call your office to start the process? Final question – if I were to go off of suppression in order to get an accurate swab from the recurring area of tingling (facial/lips) how long would I need to be off of suppression to get an accurate result ?
Terri – thank you for the prompt response. I am going to pursue WB to ease my mind. I believe a local Quest lab will do that for me, but if not, I will contact your office for assistance with the test.
I did NOT have the nose sores swabbed because they came and went so quickly – also, I was under the impression that I may not get an accurate result since I am on suppressive therapy. Do you agree ?
I believe the nose sores could have been impetigo from nose hair trimming. when you have herpes, you think everything is herpes. The itching and tingles on my lips never produce anything, but I still worry they are herpes aborted outbreaks and that I could be contagious – hence the need for WB to confirm HSV1 or not. I can’t imagine these itch incidences are HSV2 facial.
Appreciate your final thoughts on this.
Might be a risky proposition, but I will consider it. What were your thoughts around the HRT affect on outbreaks ? I’ve read that hormonal changes (like I am experiencing) can affect the frequency of outbreaks, as could HRT. Before the last year, I would have 1 outbreak a year, and I’m either having many more outbreaks now, or just having symptoms of outbreaks that are being suppressed before becoming blisters.
I am 45. I have other signs of hormonal change including gray pubic hairs coming in, loss of moisutre and hair in unwanted places (ie face)….boy this getting old stuff is lots of fun ! I’ve not started hormone therapy because I have read that increase is progesterone can trigger more outbreaks. Interested in your thoughts on that. I do feel like I’m going nuts and driving my husband crazy with every little bump I see, so I do think that is part of my hormonal change as well.
I am curious about your statement on the swabbing – can supressive therapy actually keep you from shedding the virus when you have symptoms such as the “feeling” ?
Thanks ! You are a godsend.
Yes, very helpful and eased our mind. Thank you for this invaluable service Terri.
My dermatologist inferred that it was possible to have herpes like symptoms (lip itching) that did not turn into cold sores if the virus was being suppressed. Still didn’t answer my transmission concerns, though.
I failed to mention that I have been on Valtrex daily 500mg for over 5 years ( most recently) and several years on/off before that. I have been diligent with my suppression therapy for the last 5 years.