I was possibly exposed to someone with HSV-1 near the end of a common cold.
Day 1 after possible exposure: stomach cramps and aches.
Days 2 - 5: general feelings of malaise, mild fever (never higher than 100.5) and some yellowish phlegm in my throat.
Day 5: sore throat,went to Urgent Care and was diagnosed with strep (without a culure) and given antibiotics. The sore throat did not respond within the 2-3 days, but subsided after 5 days.
Day 8: Aching and inflamed gums isolated to upper and lower rear quadrants of mouth on right side; two or through lesions in a line on side of tongue
Day 10: had blood drawn for igG test; test came back negative
My question is, if I was actively showing symptoms of a primary infection for many days before the blood test, would the test be accurate? Would antibodies have developed?
I am confused about this. The symptoms, while they sort of sound like gingivostomatitis, also could be herpangina, or even a recurrence of herpes zoster (chickenpox). I had a facial outbreak of very mild shingles last year while under a lot of emotional stress and have been in another phase of a great deal of stress with a compromised immune system due to the cold.