In terms of oral herpes, there’s less social stigma involved. On the other hand, there are still a lot of people who don’t seek proper treatment and management for this type of herpes since they believe “Oh, it is just a tiny cold sore, I don’t have to see the doctor.” This is where they’re mistaken because where it may seem as though just a tiny cold sore, still, it has to be correctly diagnosed if it’s herpes because you have to know what you have, the way it is transmitted as well as how it can be treated.
Too often folks tend to treat it as unimportant and everybody gets and that it will just go away without treatment. And they never acquire the management and treatment they deserve and need. Also, they might be transmitting it to other people without their knowledge because they do not know how it works.
This is why it’s vital for both herpes types that you know the symptoms; seek accessible diagnosis or testing which can result in treatment and more info about the virus such as effective methods of treating it naturally by yourself. But it all starts with that initial step of seeing your doctor.
Can You Get a Type-Specific Test?
Firstly, doctors don’t order type-specific tests automatically. Secondly, it can take from more than a few weeks up to months for an individual to develop antibodies against such infection so if you’ve been just infected, it may still take time to obtain the right test results.
How do type-specific tests work?
These tests are based on the antibodies to proteins that form part of HSV type 1 and type 2 structure. One protein called glycoprotein gG-1, is only found on the outside part of HSV-1 virus or within cells infected with it as the virus is formed. The other protein, called glycoprotein gG-2, can be located on HSV-2 virus or within cells infected with it.
For other tests, this is the same technique used for collecting blood and when you’re sick, and you’ve possibly had it done quite a few times before. There really are not any risks entailed in any of such tests and if any, very little complications. The swab test could feel a tad uncomfortable during the swab, but it is finished in seconds and typically feels okay afterward. Therefore, the tests are essentially non-intrusive and shouldn’t cause you any hitches.
You could experience a few complications or problems from having your blood taken, but they’re normally mild. They may include:
• A tiny bruise at the site of puncture. You can cut the bruising risk by keeping pressure on the area for a couple of minutes one the needle is drawn.
• Not often, the vein could become inflamed once the blood sample is collected. This condition is known as phlebitis and is typically managed with a warm compress numerous times a day.
• Nonstop bleeding can be a hitch for folks with bleeding disorders. Medication such as aspirin can make bleeding more likely as well.