Dermatology Questions? Ask an Online Dermatologist.
This is Dr. Bonilla, experienced in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care.
I understand your concerns. HSV check for IgM and IgG titer. Usually a positive test means that you were exposed to the disease years ago. With no symptoms an acute infection is unlikely. If you are positive it means that you could potentially have a breakout at any point in the future. However breakouts only happen if you are immunosupress. You are only contagious when you have the rash and active oozing. Let me know if you have any other questions.
You have the virus in your body so it can cause a breakout anywhere. Usually with HSV2 the genital area is affected. Please rate my answer.
Your PCP or infectious diseases doctor can help you with an acute episode. Please rate my answer
Thank you for your question. My name is***** and I am a dermatologist. As such we are the specialists which deal with Herpetic Whitlow.
I will have to respectfully ***** ***** my colleague's opinion. Herpetic Whitlow is caused by both HSV 1 and HSV 2 with HSV 2 being responsible for nearly half the cases. Herpes is a localized infection after the initial 2 weeks and is limited to one or a few nerve roots in the affected area - the reactivation and subsequent symptoms only occur in this area. And it is rare for the patient to auto-infect himself in other areas.
So in all likelihood you will never have a genital herpes episode in your life and your positive HSV 2 test is solely because of the Herpetic Whitlow.
Hope this helps.