[Question #5374] hsv-1 follow up on #5312

22 months ago
I was unable to access to my account and have to submit a new question but it is the followup for #5312. I understand that  the index of 30 for hsv-1 igg is very high and it would normally take more than 3 days to get the igg antibodies to this level. Here is the thing, I have very bad seasonal and food allergy and I was tested for allergy before I did the std testing.  My IGA index was 10 times above the normal range. Understanding that Allergy is due to the overreacting of  human immune system, is it possible that my IGA and overall IGG antibodies level was already high (it is like the igg is ready to go) and when my body was infected with hsv-1 virus, my immune system responded to the virus quickly and developed high enough level of  hsv-1 igg within 3 days after infection? I hope my question make sense to you. 

Also, is it possible that due to the fact that  my hsv-1 igg was so high,  that my immune system was able to prevent the outbreak ( I never a outbreak since I was tested positive for hsv-1)? 

Since I never had an oral or genital outbreak, and because of my hsv-1 igg was so high, what is the chance that my body shed hsv-1 virus orally or genitally. will the hsv-1 igg index ever go down? Thank you.
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
22 months ago
Your thoughts about the IGG are not correct - no one makes an index value of HSV 1 of 30 in 3 days.  Your immune system is however doing a good job of preventing outbreaks, that is correct.  And it wouldn't matter if the IgG score went up or down - that is not an indicator of anything except infection.  It is likely that wherever you are infected, you are shedding some - more from the mouth than the genitals.

Terri
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22 months ago
Thank you. Sometime I feel the tip of my lips burning but never turn into anything. would this be symptom of herpes? Will you recommend to take antiviral medication to prevent virus shedding? Or taking such antiviral med will decrease the body's or hte immune system ability to fight the virus in which lead to outbreak? Thank you again.
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
22 months ago
You could most certainly take daily antiviral therapy to reduce viral shedding and if the burning improved, you could also make the reasonable assumption that the burning was due to herpes activity.  It will NOT decrease your body's immune response when you have such a well established infection.

Terri
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