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  1. Thank you again Grace. I appreciate your knowledge, whether you're a doctor or not. I will point my GF towards those sites and have a look myself. She has another test coming up for hsv2 when it will have been three months. She hasn't had pain urinating but has had pain in the throat, especially at the beginning. Sore and burning and had trouble swallowing. She has sore legs, back, lungs ears and lymph nodes. She gets mucous (after morning coffee) a runny nose and is run down because she is sleeping so badly due to this and the stress and anxiety it is causing. It feels like things are compounding. Also, she has pins and needles or tingling in her hips, finger tips and lower spine. Her inner thighs ache and she has a very red sore vagina. No blisters, no fever. But she is stressed and depressed as you can imagine with this going on so long. She did see a doctor a month ago or so. I've lost track of time. And the doctor had a look but saw no signs of any blisters. She has an appointment next week. We both had tests for STIs before we were together and everything was clear except the hsv2 for me and hsv1 for her from when she was a kid. Neither of us had had any sexual partners for at least year. MY hsv2 positive test was a shock. In the last 20 years I'd been with 2 women. 1 one night stand (with a condom) and my ex wife. Prior to that I'd had a few sexual partners. But I'd never had symptoms to my knowledge. I know it's possible I got it form the one night stand but I didn't have any outbreak, never had any symptoms before that and neither did my ex, that she told me of. My best guess is I got it before that and this is a very old infection, but I really don't know and don't know the value of speculating. The main thing is I think it's safe to rule out any other STIs because we were both checked right before we were together. I haven't experienced any symptoms or changes since intercourse. I wish I had or I wish I could take the pain for myself and leave her free. I'm very worried for her. The pain is awful and so is the stress. Thanks again Grace.
  2. Hi!!! I hope you are well ❤️!! I am so sorry about your worrying. I can't even imagine what it's like to be struggling with all these AND have children to care for and worry about. I don't have any children, but I've heard of parents passing it on to their children via a kiss (but that's oral HSV, not genital HSV). It would be extremely extremely bad if a had had genital HSV, because that is usually a sign a child is being sexually abused or has been abused. I know the OCD makes you feel like you'll give it through sharing a shower, a toilet, doing laundry, going in a pool, etc, but that is not how it spreads. Skin to skin contact is the source! And this is with the infected area, not your knee or your nose etc. Also, washing your hands with soap and water after touching a sore or the area is enough to keep you and your family safe. It will be okay!! Something that is really helpful is talking out the fear. Hearing ourself say them aloud to another (even your husband or a doctor or therapist) really can help you see the unrealistic qualities of the worries. Also, OCD is like a record player that doesn't turn off, but for some reason the record player gets more quiet when I share my worries with others. It's like, the more I share the less scary and powerful the OCD is!! Maybe it would help to recieve comfort from a doctor or medical professional? Also, I will research for some helpful pamphlets and info for you to help ease the worries!! 🍀☀️ You can do this!! One day at a time, one step forward at a time ☀️🌄. You are a caring mom and your children are lucky to have you!! Sending prayers and comfort your way!! 🌄☀️❤️🌼😇🌈
  3. 10 months after last sexual contact I started getting extreme vagina itching. I chalked it up to a yeast infection; however OTC products didn’t help. I took up running and my vulva started stinging, shooting sensation and just red all over —- again thought yeast or a dermatitis. Prescribed meds (over the phone due to covid) for BV and Yeast (took them at the same time which I have read may affect their ability to work) with no change. Went in and did full swabs - negative for everything, and reassured I was fine. Had protected sex with my new boyfriend who is also squeaky clean. Two weeks later came down with flu like symptoms, intense itch, lots of clear discharge, paper cuts on vulva and loss of sensation in my legs. I freak out and go back to the doctor. Cuts have now healed. Another vaginal swab and bloodwork for HSV and all STDs. Once again I’m negative BUT my white blood cell count and neutrophil count had doubled in the last month. I’m reassured I’m fine and sent on my way. I was so stressed and convinced I had HSV (blood test IGG at 4 weeks since new partner) Month later have sex again and this time my body freaks out even worse —- cuts on my lips, lymph node throbbing, muscle pain, full body muscle twitching, the itch lands in my nose and feels like a cold sore. I try going back to my doctor who dismissed me entirely. She wouldn’t examine me or even hear me out and told me I had lupus ??? i still have FULL body muscle twitching and muscle pain down the back of my legs / hamstrings and glutes that feels deep to the bone. started getting UTI symptoms - urgency and urethral burning that wakes me in the night but no pain when I urinate. Does this sound at all like HSV?!? I’m hoping a bad yeast/ fungal infection that has somehow hit me systemically and didn’t show up on internal swab (my symptoms are external??) Should I do another HSV test??? Any thoughts or similar experiences would be much appreciated—I’m beyond stressed and worried
  4. I’m married and my s/o has had oral herpes for years, caught it when they were a kid. I knew this going in, figured I’ll be careful and hey, worst case scenario I get a sore on my lip every once in awhile. So a few days ago I wake up to a twinge of pain...in my nose. Figured maybe my nose ring got twisted or something. Go to check and I have what’s clearly a sore in my freaking nose. Like, how?? Is that possible?? I have a couple little blisters on the outside in between my two nostrils but the big sucker is inside. Nothing on my lips, but what the heck. I’m looking for info on this but it doesn’t seem very common. Anyone else have experience with this?
  5. Having vaginal itching symptoms for 6+ months. No lesions to date / anything that looks like google image search. 2 months ago (last sexual encounter was 18 months prior) had intense itching small paper cut down there. What was troubling for me was the swollen lymph / achey muscle flu feeling. Did a blood test - negative. My WBC count and neutrophils doubled in the past month. vaginal itch hits every 4 days like clockwork. Past few weeks horrible symptoms of swollen lymph (groin and armpit) muscle weakness , muscle twitching, —- Red inflammation in my nose that initially itched. Still hasn’t scabbed over. It’s red and tonight for the first time i was able to see my left nostril issue (only been able to see right) and it kinda looks like dark red that fades into a thin line / cut shape but not an actual cut Tonight I now have a red blotch in my eye. i can’t find any posts on here about HSV in the eye?!? Is that possible ?! Anybody experience that or is this something else entirely?!? (Which I’m praying is the case - no offence) after my nose issue I’m demanding a new HSV test next week. What else could this be ?!?!
  6. I had my first cold sore ever in August, inside my nose. It was painful and I felt sick for several days with a fever, swollen lymph nodes, muscle aches, etc. I thought, “great I got the first one over with, now when the next one comes it’ll be less severe”. I even posted on this forum to ask if cold sores inside the nose were common, and another user informed me that I most likely would not get cold sores in my nose again. Guess what y’all? As of December I have had 3 cold sores. All in my nose. And ALL of them were just as severe as the first, including the fever and swollen lymph nodes. I’m at the end of my rope here, 3 cold sores in 4 months?? They are painful and exhausting. I ended up taking Valtrex for the second one which helped cut back on the length of time I had it, but the most recent one I took Valtrex too late to help. I'm beginning to think I have some underlying immune deficiency that is causing me to get these. To have never gotten it (was infected a few years ago) up until this point and then, BAM! 3 back to back is suspect at best. I also have gotten 15-20 warts on my hands during the last six months, when up until this point (30+ years) I have NEVER gotten one. I freeze them off but they just keep popping up in different spots. Plus I’m always tired now, so I’m beginning to think I have a thyroid issue or am immunocompromised somehow, which is a wonderful thing to be during a freaking PANDEMIC. I’m going to get bloodwork tomorrow to see if something is wrong with me. This is getting ridiculously embarrassing. Any suggestions of what could be causing the sudden outbreaks?
  7. Hello, I am hsv2 positive. Lately Iam getting a bad herpetic pimple on cheek (same position for two times in few months) and now one on side nose. Don't have a very noticeable stuff on genitals though. It is possible that you get random stuff on face far from a normal genital ob "timing"?
  8. I'm brand new to all this but yes you can spread it to your eye and it could be bad. Get ahold of your dr asap. Best to avoid cross contamination with any mucus membrane. So be careful not to touch your eyes nose or mouth. Wash up after sex and be mindful about touching/scratching yourself
  9. Hi there and welcome! Certainly possible to get a primary outbreak around your nose, but good news is once your body builds up immunity via antibodies (6 mos to a year), you're not likely to have recurrences in the nose since HSV-1 prefers the area around the lips. FYI, here are other related posts on these forums: https://forums.herpesopportunity.com/search/?q=nose&quick=1
  10. I know Im most likely being paranoid but I gotta ask... I was diagnosed with GHSV1 in August. I had my initial very mild OB which went within a few days and have not had any OBs/symptoms since. Today I felt a little bump inside my left nostril. When I touch it, it hurts. Classic Im freaking out. Can you get herpes INSIDE your nose? If so, is that what its like? It just feels like one bump inside on the wall of my nostril and it hurts when I put pressure on it. @mr_hopp
  11. Hey everyone forgive me here - first time posting, and really unsure what’s going on with my body. I’ve read some of your stories and appears we may be going through something similar. Was in a monogamous relationship that ended 1.5 years ago. No sex (his religious beliefs) Lots of oral and skin to skin contact. Shortly after it ended had vaginal itching and UTI symptoms (burning urethra and frequency - no pain when urinating). Did STD testing (did not include HSV) / urine test — everything negative. 6 months ago in the summer — (no sexual contact in that entire year) itching intensified and rash / irritation to vulvar area. My skin started burning and stinging. I noticed it peaked during exercise and became worse wearing a feminine pad. Assumed a heat rash - went to my doctor (video due to covid) Prescribed flagyl for BV, and fluconazole for yeast. No change. She recommended doing a canestan yeast tab — tried that and IT HIT HARD. Cramps and bleeding — most intense pressure in my rectum. I was in agony. Two days after that I got up from my desk and went on my walk around the neighbourhood. 5 minutes in the strongest itching sensation in both my vagina and rectum that nearly dropped me to the ground. The more I walked the more it itched — not exaggerating i could literally feel what I can only assume was a hemmorhoid flare up. Went back to the doctor — she examined me. Did swabs and assures me I’m totally fine. We started discussing other symptoms — me being itchy all over, constipation, gas, bloating, itchy bumps on my elbow back and buttocks and knees. She then thinks it’s an allergy. Tells me to switch to hypoallergenic laundry detergent, take probiotics and go gluten / dairy free. I’m in a brand new relationship —- most wonderful man - he’s totally the one. We have done long distance due to Covid. Had a romantic weekend planned. My doctor assures me after my second pelvic exam I’m totally fine and to have sex (protected) . We aren’t in the same city and due to travel restrictions I won’t see him for a couple of months (a relief in a sense while I figure out what’s going on with my body) 2 weeks later I’m mid cycle again I had another one of my “itch attacks” that nearly dropped me — this time it was different. Flu like symptoms .... I felt “punky all day”, swollen armpit lymph nodes, muscle weakness/numbness in feet and excessive watery bubbly foamy discharge that poured out of both my vagina and rectum (which magically cured my haemorrhoid). Next day in the middle of excessive discharge / itching I went to wipe and saw blood on the Kleenex. Wasn’t sure if I scratched myself or if it was a paper cut lesion below my clitoris. Again an intensified version of what I already had — so clearly not from my new boyfriend. Told my understanding super awesome boyfriend who was freaked out but supportive. This time I’m positive I have HSV — what else could it be?!?!? Had to have the super awkward talk and talk about my past relationships. Went back to the doctor - this time it was mainly healed. I was told I have lichen sclerosis and dismissed. I pushed hard for HSV blood work — which came back NEGATIVE both HSV1/HSV2. This is 1.5 years since initial vaginal itching and issues started / prior to my new relationship. My symptoms have not resolved for a single day. Swollen lymph in armpit and groin. One of my itch attacks ended up in my nose. I can’t see a cold sore or anything wrong with my left nostril — but it feels like it’s there. My right nostril is completely inflamed and has been for 2 weeks. Fire engine red and taking up my entire nasal cavity — looks like a septal heamatoma / pressure in the face like someone punched me - but no trauma. I’ve had crippling back pain, glute weakness, and muscle cramps / shooting spasms in my muscles (mainly lower extremities but once in my arms and flank). I’m trying to go back to my doctor for answers who quite frankly doesn’t believe me or want to see me. She insists I’m fine — but I’m not. I literally had to fight the receptionist for an apt. i also can’t really talk to my boyfriend cause well I freaked him out once only to be negative for everything. He knows I’m feeling sick but I don’t mention the HSV thing. does this sound like HSV ?!? How accurate are these blood tests 1 year after exposure. I don’t believe my new boyfriend gave it to me at all as I was having issues prior. I can’t get swabs of sores done because there isn’t anything to swab ?!? other than the one paper cut I don’t see ANY lesions or bumps— just a rash that doesn’t look like herpes at all (hence why doctor doesn’t believe me). I’m worried my haemorrhoid and possible fissures could be HSV related ? I did have an anal fissure that again occurred during wiping. Could toilet paper be tearing me / aggravating my issues?!? The area is really dry and I keep stretching to examine myself ?!? Looking in terror to try and find a bump or anything to account for my symptoms. I really think it is HSV based on what I’ve read online and I’m beyond stressed but With lack of test results I’m desperately looking for an alternative solution. Maybe the nerve / muscle twitches is a dietary deficiency, and I do have a rash / other infection ? —- just seems like a lot to all be going on at once Thanks everyone!!!!! Sorry for the rant!
  12. Thanks! It seems like the main cold sore is actually inside my nose, and the stuff outside is just from me blowing my nose (after thinking something was irritating the inside). It’s quite large and painful. I’m terrified of transferring it to other parts of my body and “self inoculating”, anything I can do besides washing hands/hand sanitizing to prevent this?
  13. Hey everyone. So, it was rough being diagnosed positive to hsv1 recently. A small cluster formed underneath my nose when I was sick a couple of weeks ago and a few blisters on my nose..one I spotted on my chin. The nurse I had spoken with was a little unclear with the dos and donts and I was hoping others could share their thoughts and with me.. Is it safe to wash my face during an outbreak? Obviously no scrubs. I was so worried of spreading the virus that I was afraid to wash or scrub any other part of my body. Can I kiss. I miss kissing!! But don't want to spread it. I was tested 7 months ago, I think swabbed and had a blood test done, both were negative. Is there a way I can pin point the infection? I'm in a relationship, but we had issues that started then. I'm assuming my partner has it, but shows no signs. If the tests failed me, how can we find out for him?
  14. Nope, just like you say, just don't touch it and then touch other parts of your body and you'll be fine. If you're like most people, this should be the only time you have an outbreak on your nose.
  15. So I am freakedo out cause my friend who has recently been diagnosed with Oral HSV2 now has a cold. Do I have to fear and be extra careful of any nasal discharge that he may have contains the HSV virus?
  16. I have this circular patch thats been on my nostril, its red and there are tiny white lesions in it but it doesn't protude through the skin. Now theres a little red bump around the edge of my nostril....sometimes it itches but not really. Its just a nuisance to stare at when I look in the mirror. Looked like it was going away when I was on antiviral now it looks abit angry. just googled pictures of H on the nose, yeah it looks a lot like what I'm dealing with :( anybody experience this? What did you do to treat it? I'm out of meds until tomorrow.
  17. So my nose keeps tinglng, my head and face itch. I have had a blood test, I am hsv2 positive and hsv1 negative. Can hsv2 prodomes include these kinds of symptoms? Thanks for any input
  18. Hi, so this is my first post, and much like everyone here I've been searching the internet for answers and/or other people who can relate. Long story short, I have had oral herpes since I was 12, it recently spread to the inside of my right nostril (when I was blowing my nose and not paying attention to the tissue getting in contact with my sore). I have severe allergies so I'm CONSTANTLY blowing my nose or wiping away mucous so I tried to be as cautious as I could with the outbreak in my nose to not be in contact with my fingers, but I know there were times when the mucous must've seeped through a tissue or two. SO, that brings me to now. I have been experiencing tingling/tightness on the pads of my thumbs, left pointer finger, right ring finger, which comes and goes for the past 4 weeks. It went away for a few days then came back with a vengeance on my right thumb and right ring finger more recently, so I have band aids on those fingertips. There are no visible sores, not even under the skin, but now that I'm approaching the close of this 4th week there is burning pain on my right thumb and I'm no longer experiencing the tingling. Everywhere I've looked online, the prodrome lasts anywhere from 2hrs-2days. So I'm curious as to what is going on with my digits? Has anyone experienced extremely long prodrome like this? I'm also really concerned about spreading the virus even more since viral shedding can occur during prodrome. I go back and forth on whether this is hsv or just my mind playing tricks, but the fact that I've never had anything like this happen with my digits and it just so happened to occur after the outbreak in my nose is too coincidental. A few things that I'm currently doing/or had done: - I was on Acylovir for 3/five day treatments - I'm curretnly taking Lysine supplements (anywhere from 2000-4000mg a day depending on my symptoms) - I am putting super lysine ointment on my finger tips and then putting a bandaid over them since that helped with the tingling and is currently aiding the burning. - I have a DR appointment with a new doctor the day after tomorrow since my previous doctor was not helpful. Hoping to get answers or testing done, but know that that's a slim shot with no blisters present at this point.
  19. So, I have genital HSV1. I was diagnosed via blood work (IGG and IGM) just this week, but the symptoms appeared about 6 weeks ago. I had an initial outbreak, took Valtrex, it eased up. Started a new job, was very tired and stressed, got sick, second outbreak happened about a week or so ago. Still dealing with it. The person I was dating got tested before hand, and lied to me, telling me he was clean. He only had HSV 1 (I asked to see the results - too late, unfortunately), and likely just thought of it as "cold sores," but still. Since when the first outbreak happened I was under the impression he was clean and didn't think it could be herpes, I don't know if I touched a sore while looking and then touched another part of my body, like my eyes, or nose, or whatever unknowingly. So, now I'm thoroughly convinced that it's in my eyes and ears and nose and sinuses and lungs. I know it's crazy, but I know it can be passed to the eyes, but I would imagine that if I was having an out break it would have all appeared at once. I think, truly, that I'm having a sinus infection and allergies which is causing any symptoms nasally and in my eyes and it can also be all the anxiety. I have a doc appointment tomorrow and will have him check everything so that I can quiet my fears, but if anyone else can offer advice, I would appreciate it. 🙂 Ironically, I have no oral symptoms of an outbreak. And my first genital outbreak happened about 2 or 3 days after we had unprotected sex for the first time (up until that point, it was protected, except for oral - also counter-intuitive, I know. Though, I don't think I performed oral that day... so maybe I just happened to catch him the day he was shedding). I also take Symbicort for Asthma, which contains a steroid, and not thinking, I've used Flonase spray for allergies, which also has a steroid. Steroids can squelch the immune system. So now I'm like "OMG if I had a sore in my nose the Flonase made it go to my eyes and sinuses!!" I know I'm being ridiculous, but these are the racing thoughts in my head that I need to calm. Also, his blood test showed IGG levels of 60 or so, mine only showed 2.05. Is it something that builds over time? Am I less immune and more likely to get outbreaks? I really need to quell the anxiety because I know it's not helping, so please, any information would help.
  20. I'm not sure this is herpes, and I'm somewhat skeptical that the sore throat and itchy eyes/nose are related to the sores/rash on your butt. I would get the sores on your butt swabbed if you haven't already. You don't mention any cultures. Sore throats can be caused by many, many things (acid reflux, allergies, etc) Itching eyes/nose can also be allergies. Is your vision affected? IgG for HSV-1 is not that sensitive; it is possible the test didn't pick it up, since you have had cold sores in the past. What types of doctors have you seen for this? Allergist, ENT, and dermatologist would all be specialists I would consider in your position. Good luck!
  21. Hello everyone, brand new to the forum and hoping for some answers, thoughts, remedies.... Sorry for the long story but... My bf has HSV1 and only gets cold sores. Over the year we have been together he has gotten more cold sores than ever. He says his stress level and sleep patterns have not changed too much. He doesn't eat anything on the not-approved list and his diet hasn't changed much except that we now eat a lot of eggs because we got chickens. His outbreaks seemed a bit sporadic at first and very frequent. Once he had 2 in a row and another time it moved to the inside of his nose, another time a different part of his lip. He recently started marking his outbreaks on a calendar, and like clockwork, its once a month. So here is the weird part, and I'm wondering if anyone else has had this issue... Forewarning this is definitely TMI territory.... His outbreaks coincide with my monthly cycle. 3 days exactly after we get down and dirty, right after my cycle ends, he wakes up with a cold sore. So my question is, can there be something about the act or fluids involved in going down on a woman that trigger cold sores? Am I just toxic to him and have to leave that act out of playtime altogether? Should it be something else entirely and I'm just seeing the wrong pattern? Please help! Desperate for answers before this kills our relationship.
  22. Hi everyone, I acquired HSV-1 in college in many locations at the same time inner thigh, butt, eye, mouth, and nose. When I talked to the health clinic they said the main way it could be passed is orally as it is from the oral strain. She said I should disclose the HSV-1 orally to partners as that is the main mode of transmission. As I’ve gathered more info through the years I have realized this may have been incorrect info. Struggling and feeling confused about conflicting info and many people seem to only have gotten it in one location. Looking to find someone who can relate or has info.
  23. I'm not sure because my ex girlfriend (who did not have HSV before dating me) caught HSV from me. The skin between my lip and nose keeps reacting strange after I shave that area. I recently had very red and sore skin next to my mouth, and a sore on at the entrance to my butt that I think was brought on by drinking coffee. I didn't have a chance to get anything swabbed.
  24. Hello, I had unprotected sex and oral sex 3.5 months ago with a girl who later found out she has hsv2. Ever since then, I’ve had discomfort urinating and discharge from my penis (on antibiotics for it it now), red/tenderness on the tip, fordyce spots on the base, facial acne, white spots show up on my lips, now tingling and white heads showing up on my upper lip (not on the actual lip, but in between the lip and my nose. My dermatologist said it looks like a pimple. I got one swabbed a week ago and praying that it comes back negative. All my blood work has come back negative. I did IGM, igg, and PCR. All of my doctors (primary care, urologist, urgent care dr, and derm) thinks I don’t have it. I am really scared, and I’m running out of excuses and lies to avoid seeing friends or going into work.
  25. Hi all I was diagnosed with hsv2 3 months ago and I am still coming to terms with it. I have had 3 outbreaks since my primary. Over Christmas I had a tingling sensation in the tip of my nose and then my skin turned tender and red and sligtly swollen but with no spot head. I’ve just had an outbreak but noticed a few spots on my face pop up around my chin and nose and I don’t usually suffer with spots but found some small spots similar on my arm and shoulders. I went to the sexual health clinic and the nurse said spots on my face was nothing to worry about and wasn’t related to the outbreak I was having treatment for (no tests she just looked at them) . I told her that day that my lips were tingling like my nerves were buzzing which was 4 days ago today I’ve noticed a little spot inside my lip. I am worried sick I have passed this to my niece, She just has just had a bad viral throat infection and I noticed a red spot on her face the doctors said It was oral thrush but now has what looks like cold sores in the corner of her mouth. She is 6. Could I have oral hsv2 and would there be a chance I’ve passed this to my niece? I don’t think I could cope with that, I’ve been feeling suicidal thinking about it and don’t know what I can do. i discussed with the nurse and she said I shouldn’t worry as not likely and if they are cold sores could have picked up from anywhere. Her mum gets cut lips from being in the sun which I now think is HSV1
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