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Having difficulty adding to earlier message. Have call in to my daughter’s doc regarding this situation. I know I am jumping gun with regard to considering suppressive therapy for her, however, I just picture her next facial outbreak to be everywhere on her face and devastating, assuming she had active lesion on hand and rubbed it all over face as she slept. And, of course, the thought of “another” outbreak on hand with potential to transfer to eyes or rest of body has me not sleeping or eating. This is absolutely my issue, not hers. Other than disagreeing with her in the pimple v cold sore debate I have dealt with this internally.
If taking Valtrex and there is no active infection, does it “do” anything, or is it simply excreted from body with no impact?
Also, can you repeat your own personal regimine for HSV1 suppression? I know that you have shared it before.
Do you have any concerns with long-term (years, decades) suppressive use of Valtrex even if a gram a day?
I read recently on another forum that Valtrex is now approved (beyond cat B status) for use in pregnant and nursing women. I have not been able to confirm. Can you advise if new directives have been issued with regard to women in these categories?
Thank you for all that you do, Terri.
Also, is back of hand a “high or low shed” region?
What is appropriate acyclovir dosage for episodic therapy for HSV1?
We did not have it swab tested. Were travelling and by time we returned home hand had healed considerably.
She was convinced the lip blemish was a pimple and not a cold sore based on appearance compared to her typical cold sores.
Is it unususal for an autoinculated area in a different region of body from mouth to have an OB so quickly?
My daughter knows absolutely nothing of my concern, please rest assured. This is my internal battle, only!
My concern was that I may have passed herpes to her arm some weeks back when I had a whitlow outbreak. I had convinced myself of this, despite what others were saying.
I have stepped back from the ledge since sending my last post. Am going to trust the medical professionals I have communicated with.
I do appreciate your thoughts.
If I get her tested, for a definitive answer, what kind of test do I ask for, and when should I have it done for best accuracy? Based on the way the bumps progressed I am confident this is herpes. In the meantime, if we notice a reoccurance I plan to give her my Valtrex until we can confirm with a doc. 1000 a day for three days?
I appreciate your quick response, on a Sunday, even! It is just so hard to relinquish the fear of passing this on. Thought it would be easier after the infant years, but now I have two teenagers and I just can’t bear the thought of either of them having to deal with this because of me. My recent outbreak has me extra paranoid. I am glad the other docs feel it is not herpetic, and now you. Unlikelihood of parent to kid transmission aside, can I feel calmer knowing this started as a lighter patch, versus a red patch of skin? Also good that it did not itch, and that she did not have other signs of viral illness? Do you look at photos? (Please let me know if I exceed the q’s I have paid for and I will certainly remit additional payment.)
Actually, the lightest mark remains on her skin where the bites took place. It has been about two weeks. Also, I did have an outbreak on a finger about 6 weeks before this appeared on her, so that is why I am even more frantic than usual.
The white patch was perhaps a weal from the bite that did not puff up as usual due to the antihistimine?
I had a doc and a derm look at a photo at the three day mark. Both felt it did not look at all herpetic and considered it mosquito bites with the itching squelched by the antihistamine. I just can’t stop obsessing. It presented itself differently from her usual bites. Both docs said this was not unusual.