[Question #3165] Transmission by hands

39 months ago
I have hsv 1 positive through blood test. It's gential. I have never had a painful outbreak or blisters that I have ever seen. I think it's all inside my vagina. I have a 4 year old daughter. She has been experiencing for a long as I remember vaginal irritation. I will soak her and use destin. The other day she had irritation that hurt I took her to urgent care and all they saw was irritation. The next day it was better but she had vaginal discharge which has never happened before. This was all on December 22nd. On New Year's Eve I noticed a red bump on the outside labia and she said it itched. It looked to have a head on it. I soaked her in warm water and it didn't bother her again, at that time her butt cheeks where itchy she had a cold and rosy cheeks at night the red bump was better the next day and gone by 3 days and so was the discharge . If I forgot to wash my hands after the restroom and put destin on her vagina is there any way I could have given her gential herpes from my hands? I am terrified I have given her ghsv 1 indirectly by putting cream on her without washing my hands not even knowing it could be transferred this way. 
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
39 months ago
Sorry for the delay in answering your question - I must have missed a few in one day!
How do you know your HSV 1 infection is genital?
And no, you did not infect your daughter!  Herpes is not transmitted in this way and I believe that you can put this worry to rest.  Many many moms and dads with herpes worry a lot about infecting their children by forgetting to wash their hands after using the bathroom - very common worry - but it just doesn't happen!
Let me know why you think your HSV 1 is genital.

Terri
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39 months ago
Thank you for your reply, I've been scared because what if I scratched and didn't think about it and touched her to put cream on her. I know the virus has to be massaged in and I have had myself a mess. The reason I believe it's gential is because I to my knowledge have never had a cold soar. I have had a weird itch lip before but no blisters. For year I have experienced odd yeast and bacterial infection also I do get tears/cuts in my perinum, I never thought twice about them but after research have read that could be a sign as well,that makes me wonder if I have been misdiagnosed. I have never noticed pain but irritation and when I have this irritation I have more discharge than normal.On one occasion I got a mirrior and looked inside, now I know I am no doctor by I notice these red looking spots kind of all over. Never and pain with them even when touched and pushed on. I've gone to doctors when I have had irritation and they would never swab because all they see is irritation. This has gone on for a long time. My husband has never been tested to know his status. I can't tell you how happy I am to learn that I can't transmit it to my daughter after I terrified myself online. Big Mistake! 
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
39 months ago
So nothing you have said here convinces me that this is a genital infection.  It could be either oral or genital.  If you get anything in either location that looks concerning, please have it swab tested right away.  Even if they say it is just irritation.  HSV 1 genital infection recurs very infrequently so if this is something happening often, I doubt that's what is going on.

Terri
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39 months ago
Thank you for your help. I feel like none of the doctors I have seen have been helpful. I will definitely be swabbed next time. When I was younger it was not very often now that I am older it's every month I am itchy and irritated and sometimes feel like my left labia is swollen it's like a feeling tho because when I had it looked at she said it was not swollen never any bump or leasions. I can't thank you enough for your help. It's scary when you have issues and no answers. I can deal with myself by the thought of my daughter having this from me was beyond scary! I will make sure I am seen next time I have issues. I hope you have a great day and thank you for your help. You all do wonderful work, I have read your book and read a lot of your replies to others. It's comforting knowing that there is a place to ask questions when fear and embarrassment makes it hard to speak face to face. Take care.
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
39 months ago
well,you can always come back and ask me questions.  I'm glad to be of help.  I have three daughters and I know how scary it feels to think something that you could do could result in some harm to them, believe me. 
Best,
Terri
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39 months ago
I'm not sure if I need to pay again but I will if I do. I know we talked that I was safe if I had used the restroom and forgot to wash. I guess I am wondering, if I scratched down there and didn't think of it and then applied the cream of that would make your response different? I've gotten razor bump on ingrown hairs and I know I've scratched and not thought about it. I was thinking of it and made myself a bit worried.
Also since I've have taken her when she has been irritated wouldn't have been noticeable to a doctor if he thought that's what it was meaning herpes.
In regards to her doctor how do you think I should bring up my concern about her gential issues? I'm just so worried. I mean I have never seen her have discharge before and then go away on its own, then days later have that pea size bump that itched but didn't bother her again. I hope I am not bothering you asking I am a worried mother.
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
39 months ago
This does not change my opinion even a little.  It takes a totally different kind of contact to spread herpes to someone else.  You are not the only mom who worries greatly about such things, believe me.  But I have never seen or heard of a mom spreading genital herpes to her child - never.  And many many moms worried that the might. 
In terms of her doctor, I think you should be honest with the doctor and tell them your medical history and concerns.  if you don't, you are always going to wonder if you should have and if he/she has enough information to make the right diagnosis.  Right?

Terri
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