[Question #3353] Hsv question

37 months ago
I have had somekind of break out on exact same spot about once or twice  a year. It usually red and burns not real big but burn is noticable for a couple days. I have been to several general physician and they dont know or have  any answers. I have had it cultured 3 or 4 times the same day as it appears i would go straight to dr they were always negative results. I have had 5 blood test 2 being western blot out washington university all always comes back negative. Can someone give me any idea what this could be? It acts like herpes but test say otherwise. Any advise on what to do next? I guess i would want to know what you would do if this mysterious symptoms was happening to you?
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
37 months ago
I would do exactly what you have done - get it swab tested right when it starts and if negative, get and IgG test and if that is negative, get a herpes western blot.  Now all have been negative.  The next thing I would do is take herpes off the list of things it could be.  If you knew for sure it wasn't herpes, would this be a very physically bothersome symptom for you?

Terri
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37 months ago
No it gets red itches then burn s then is raw all this in about 24 hour period then it goes way. Kind looks like pimple. Ive had all test you just mentioned always negative results. Dr always says cultures come back bacterial never virus. Something causes it just dont know what its called.



Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
37 months ago
If the cultures come back positive for a bacteria, don't you think that's the cause? 

Terri
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37 months ago
I dont know im not a dr! That why I paid $25 dollars to ask an expert to get an answer not a snaughty reply. I do know i had a girlfriend 20 years ago and she had give me oral and the next day i noticed what looks like i am dealing with was on her lip. I asked her and she said i was a hypochondriac was I? Its seem fishy that ever since I get this condition twice a year im trying to be responsible and find out if it is contagious. But since you told me not to worry i wont maybe if it spreads to more  woman maybe someone will figure it out someday. I dont think the medical community knows as much as they think they do. 


Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
37 months ago
I'm so sorry, I didn't mean that come off in an unpleasant tone.  I just meant that if the bacteria was identified in the swab, did the physician who did the swab tell you to do anything about the bacteria that was identified that might be causing the infection? Did they suggest taking antibiotics to deal with the bacteria that was identified? I realize that you are doing your best to try and sort out what might be going on so that you don't infect someone else. But it seems to me that you have gone above and beyond what most people would do to sort out if they have herpes or not– Especially obtaining the Western blot which is not an easy process.  There is really nothing more that you can do in terms of trying to identify a herpes infection in yourself than doing the blot.  There are no better tests for herpes that we know about. And you have also had swabs done which are negative so that gives us even more supporting evidence that it is not herpes. Again, I am very sorry if that response came off in a way that was offensive. It was certainly not my intention.


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37 months ago
Thats alright thanks anyway
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
37 months ago
You're welcome

Terri
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