I have been tested through stdtestexpress with HerpSelect and received negative results (i don't get the number just less than .91) at the following times post exposure:
I was with a woman who later told me that she was "getting over a cold sore" and when I was with her I thought she had a healing pimple on the area between her nose and mouth.
She later told me that it had been about 14 days since her blisters burst so she thought she was ok.
She gave me oral sex and we kissed a few times.
I have had no symptoms genitally.
However, about 45 days after the incident I noticed a flesh colored bump in my moustache area. Never was painful or itchy. It did not look like a blister (translucent or liquid filled). After five days I picked at it and the next morning (about six hours) there was a round yellow scab (honey brown). The size of pincel eraser. I went the dermotologist about four hours later.
The dermatologist asked me if it tingled, or itched or was painful. He felt the sore. Again it didn't hurt when touched it.
He said that given the location one "differential" could be a cold sore, from my description of it he didn't think it was. He said since it had already scabbed over he couldn't do a culture but that he really thought it was probably an ingrown hair or something else that led to impetigo when I picked at it.
He gave me some ointment to clear it up (Mupicrocin Cream USP, 2%). I put the medicine on twice a day. By the next morning the yellow scab was now just a red scab. Two days later. The scab was gone and it was just dry flakey skin. This last a few days and then was gone. It left a small grey scar.
On a final note, i asked this woman to go and get tested so I know if I have HSV1 or 2 to worry about, and she did, she has HSV1 she even sent me the results 5.43 for HSV1 and HSV2 just said less than .91.
The bump near your mouth doesn't really sound like herpes to me either. However, you don't seem content to let this go even after multiple antibody tests and several visits to the dermatologist.
The herpes western blot test is quite a bit better at picking up HSV 1 than is the traditional ELISA test that you have had multiple times. You may wish to consider getting that test to further increase your confidence that you are not infected to to reveal if you are. Your doctor can order a test kit from the University of Washington or we can order this for you from our clinic.
I honestly don't have any other advice for you on this topic.
Is that helpful?
The scab/sore looked like it was surrounding a hair follicle and that was part of the reason he said what he did and the fact that it was scabbed up so quickly after being picked at. I saw him less than 10 hours after picking the bump off.
Sorry I should be clear. I picked bump at 2am on Weds. By 1pm I was at dermatologist with Yellow scab. Thursday it turned to red scab.
Saturday afternoon scab was gone and just dry flakey skin left in the area that scab was.
I think I'm so concerned because I found out about her cold sore, even though it was healed enough that make up hid it pretty well. and everything seems to say that if you kiss someone with a cold sore (from beginning to end) that you will get it.
If I was your patient would you tell me to just move on, or to get the additional test?
I don't really want to spend a bunch of money that I don't need to. But since you are an expert I thought I would ask. If you tell me no need to worry I will move on now.
Well that's unpleasant. We do fax the test results BECAUSE the test is not in the computer. The Seattle Quest lab always contacts the local lab to clarify the issue of the test not being in the computer. I'm sorry you got caught up in all of that, but glad they took the blood.
I am a little bit worried about this nor, I went in today to see if I could pay and they told me again that it was mailed out but that I could only pay the bill if they ended up sending me one in the mail.
I really hope that it gets there. They did assure me that it was sent out even though they never charged me.
Ok. It was shipped out on monday. I can wait to weeks.
Having this weird rash thing just above my lip kind of freaked me out (second time it happened) but neither time was there a blisters or a crust or any pain. Just one day of itching and slight redness then dry flaky skin for four or five days.
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