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Odd question

Sorry to post such an odd question, but my nerves got the better of me.  I had a red bump checked out on my lip that I suspect was just an inflamed blackhead, but after reading a bit online my doctor did a PCR swab for HSV just to make sure.  I noticed when they swabbed my lip the tip of the swab turned faintly red... and I later realized it was from my lips being stained from eating lunch earlier. (I had tomato sauce)  I worried that maybe that would effect the test... is that possible?  Again I know it's a strange question but I want to know if everything is ok.
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No, tomato sauce would not impact a herpes PCR swab at all.  Are you sure it wasn't blood?

Terri
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Yes it definitely wasn't blood.  It was something I ate just prior to going to the doctors office...  Either residual wing sauce or tomato sauce.  Neither would be a problem right?  I know it's a silly question but I imagine it could be important.  Thank you for helping me.
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None of that would interfere at all with testing.

Terri
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