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Strange symptoms - could be Oral HVS1?


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Hi guys,

I have had weird symptoms in the past month or so, and I'm not sure what's going on. Thought I would get some advice on the matter.

1) Early April 2019, I engaged in foreplay (kissing, oral sex) with a female.

2) A few days later, I got a very sore throat that has continued (and gotten worse) through today.

3) About 12 days after the encounter, I develop a severe pain and bump/redness in my bottom lip, on the right side. I thought this was an initial cold sore outbreak, as it was extremely painful and felt like the nerve in my lower lip was being jabbed with hot knife.

4) My lips became very chapped over the course of the next two weeks, and my lips got a very strange chapped/damaged look (still with pain), but I never  broke out in a traditional-looking cold sore. I took Valtrex at one point early n the two week period, but it didn't seem to do anything.

5) The sharp pain in my lip ended after two weeks, but since then I have had fairly consistent throat pain (which comes and goes) in the left side of my throat and also this weird, tingling sensation in my lips. Sometimes a small paper cut will appear after some pain/tingling, but it usually disappears after a couple of hours.  The tingling sensation moves around the bottom lip from the right to the centre to the left.

I've gone to my family doctor and STD counselling clinic, but they were all fairly dismissive about the symptoms. My doctor thought it was some kind of virus, but he didn't think HSV1 because I didn't get a severe cold sore (which I guess you usually do the first time). The STD counselling clinic ran standard blood & urine tests (syphillis, gonno and chlamydia) which were clean, and told me they weren't sure what it was. They didn't swab anything on my lips because they said there wasn't any visible sore to swab.

I'm sort of at a loss right now. I know there is something going on with my throat and lip, but I'm not sure if it's related to the encounter I mentioned above, or just coincidental and some other kind of virus (maybe mono?).

Any thoughts on the matter? I've been somewhat promiscuous over the years so I feel like I probably would test positive for HSV1 & HSV2 on a blood test, but I never had anything like the situation I am describing. Any thoughts?


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I’d suggest you do have a virus or bacteria causing most of your issues (apart from HSV).

What is a higher probability is that you already have an oral HSV-1 infection and the trauma of this other ailment has contributed to a small outbreak.

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Yeah, I guess that makes sense, but I'm just concerned because this lip tingling is never ending and keeps coming back every few days. The doctors don't seem to really care because it's not readily observable, but it is annoying and painful.

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  • 4 weeks later...

Well, I've been having recurring symptoms (pain in lip on right side, localized selling and chapping of the lips) for the past few weeks, on and off. I literally just got this strange,  white path on the bottom of my lower right lip (see attached image), and I'm not altogether sure what's going on. It could be a cold sore, or allergic reaction or even some kind of fungus.

Up until tonight I didn't have the white patch on my lip so my doctor was dismissive or what's going on, but I guess I'll have to head back tomorrow to see what he thinks, because this is driving me crazy.

I know the image isn't that clear, but does anyone have an idea on what's going on with my lower lip? Do you guys have similar symptoms?1524868359_IMG_0129(1)(1).thumb.JPG.0da3a25d1e2978071c00d14f0444b766.JPG

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