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Hsv1 on tongue

I was diagnosed with genital hsv1 in March. I never had any oral symptoms, but got my first oral outbreak in July. I got a swab test and the sore on my lip was indeed HSV1. At the same time I had severely swollen gums and ulcers on my tongue. Since then I've been having recurrent gum swelling and tongue ulcers twice a month. From what I've read, it is pretty unusual to have recurrent hsv on your tongue. Any advice or suggestions about what is going on, or why it is so bad?
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3149845 tn?1506627771
Hi, how were you diagnosed with genital hsv1? Also if your having many outbreaks talk to your doctor about the possibility of taking antivirals to help.
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I was diagnosed via culture swab in March during my primary outbreak and then confirmed it in August with a blood test which was positive for hsv1 but negative for hsv2.
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3149845 tn?1506627771
So you had a swab of a genital and tested positive for hsv1 and a swab on a lip sore and tested positive for hsv1? Very rare.
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1998092 tn?1391242845
It's absolutely possible to have contracted oral HSV1 at the same time as having contracted genital HSV1. We often don't have symptoms until long after we were exposed. It's odd that the outbreak below came before the outbreak above, but it could happen  You may also have contracted oral H a few weeks after genital H, since your system would not have generated enough antibodies by that point to protect against a second infection. Finally, during the same window, you may have passed it from below to above with your fingers.

Sores on the tongue usually are not caused by H, except for the primary infection,. but you might have it swabbed again, just to rule out other possibilities. Good luck to you!
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