[Question #6633] Possible HSV 1 Throat Infection (continued)

14 months ago
Hello again :)

Just to re-cap my story (I ran out of follow-up questions) :

- I kissed a girl who appeared to have a sore on her lip.
- 3-4 days later came down with a sore throat, red blotches in my mouth (on upper palate, specifically) and a very bad headache.
- NO sores anywhere- none inside mouth or on lip. 
- never had a history of cold sores. 

I did get throat swabbed. I forgot to include the result of the swab in my previous message.

Also: I was put on valacyclovir for 5 days after my doctor's visit.

Any idea what's going on? Is it coming to get an "acute herpetic infection" (as the doctor described it) with these kinds of symptoms? I always thought herpes = blisters...



Bacterial Culture Throat
No pathogenic Beta Streptococci isolated. Normal respiratory tract flora.
HSV 1 and/or 2 Abs, IgM by ELISA1.19 
HSV 1 SPECIFIC IGG0.959
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
14 months ago
I answered this post on westoverheights.com, extensively.  This is the same person answering here.  As I said there, these tests are not definitive for a herpes diagnosis and the IgM should never have been done in the first place.  Please repeat your IgG when 6 weeks have passed to see if the value is increasing and if other lesions appear, be certain to have them swab tested.

Terri
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14 months ago
Hi Terri- Actually I believe you answered on here.

The reason I followed up is that you asked if my throat has been swabbed- a detail I forgot to mention in the original post- and I wanted to share the result of the bacterial culture.

Given that the swab did not pick up a bacterial infection, is there a diagnosis you’re leaning towards?
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
14 months ago
aaaaah, OK, good to know.  No, this doesn't change my position because your sore throat sounds more viral to me than bacterial - not herpes viral - other common viruses most often cause a sore throat.  I am leaning toward a viral sore throat that is not herpes related.

Terri
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