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Herpes Igm

Herpes IgM is a type of antibody that is produced by our immune system in response to herpes infection. The presence of IgM in the blood is used as a diagnostic test for herpes.

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My brother burnt his mouth with a hot beverage. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, My brother had one blood test with herpes simplex IgM diagnosed to be negative, but herpes type 1 was diagnosed to be positive with an index more than 8. Before that he did a test on his tongue and it was negative for herpes. Are these results final? Or is there a chance that he is not...  Read Full »

Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Herpes simplex virus (HSV) type1 is a very common infection in our population and it usually causes oral lesions known as herpes labialis. At times, the patient is not even aware of the exposure. It can spread through direct contact with the open sores of HSV type 1 i...  Read Full »

Should I take Acyclovir medicine for asymptomatic HSV-1 IgG positive results?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 35 year old male. I weigh 68 Kg and my height 5'5". I am in a healthy status. History: No episodes of herpes except chickenpox in childhood. No infection of HIV - clinically tested every 6 months since last 7 years. I am straight and only 1 relationship with spouse. Both me and ...  Read Full »

Dr. Meha Malhotra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for providing all the details. I shall answer your questions one by one. 1. As you have mentioned that you do not have any symptoms at the moment, there is no need to take Acyclovir. 2. A repeat test can be done just for your reassurance. Chances of false positi...  Read Full »

I had three negative IgM tests. Can I conclude I do not have herpes?

Query: Hi doctor, I had a brief interaction with a woman who is very likely to have STD, specifically herpes, and I have a few questions about herpes testing. The full story is that about three weeks ago, after a bad breakup, I went to a massage parlor. The parlor was the type that is sort of seedy and kno...  Read Full »

Dr. Shanza Ikram

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your case in detail. And after detailed analysis of your contact, it is concluded that you basically are not sure whether the woman actually had any herpes or not. Moreover, all your test results till now are negative. So, in absence of any symptoms ...  Read Full »

What should be the levels of IgG and IgM to indicate herpes infection?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 28-year-old female. I tested for herpes a few months ago and got a negative IgG result and an equivocal result for IgM levels. I tested again this month and it was positive. Does this mean I have been recently infected with herpes?  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Can you please send me the reports so I can check the values. Actually, it suggests that your body is fighting with a virus if IgM is increased, but you are saying it is equal. Kindly send reports.  Read Full »

I have had a sore on my inner lips. Could it be herpes?

Query: Hello doctor,I have had a sore in my inner lips since morning. I took a herpes antibody test, but the result came as indeterminate.Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. N. Ashok Viswanath

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I acknowledge the test report and image attached with this query (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity). The blood investigations show indeterminate herpes simplex IgM (immunoglobulin M) antibody. I suggest you repeat the test to confirm the resul...  Read Full »

What could be the cause for the sore at the tip of my lips?

Query: Hi doctor, I have this sudden sore at the tip of my lips. I am wondering what could it be. I used to have frequent fat sacks, but this seems very different. I am attaching a close-up photo of it. Please advice.  Read Full »

Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your complaint and have seen the attached photograph (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You are having herpes infection which is a viral infection. You should try taking a course of antiviral like tablet Acyclovir 400 mg thrice in a ...  Read Full »

Can chlamydia infected person be asymptomatic?

Query: Hello doctor, Which herpes test to get done after possible unprotected exposure, HSV IgM or HSV IgG? And when is the best time to get HSV IgG done or after how many weeks to get the conclusive and accurate result?  Read Full »

Dr. Nagaraj

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. For genital or oral herpes infection, the incubation period is around two weeks. It means it takes an average of 12 to 14 days to develop symptoms after exposure. You can get it done around two weeks after exposure. This is regardless of sy...  Read Full »

Can antibodies to HSV-1 and 2 be detected in blood with no symptoms?

Query: Hi doctor, Before seven years, I had chickenpox. Last year, I did a herpes test and I had antibodies for HSV1 and HSV2 with a range of 0.6 and 2.2. I did another test after two months. I got a range of 0.6 and 2.3. I do not have any other symptoms. Do I need to be concerned?   Read Full »

Dr. Thakre Mahendra Shivram

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern regarding the presence of HSV (herpes simplex virus) antibodies. Infections with herpes simplex virus type 1 and 2 are common viral infections affecting people throughout the world. HSV-1 is acquired during childhood and it occurs associated wi...  Read Full »

What does low IgM indicate?

Query: Hi doctor, I got the results of immunoglobulin with IgG of 1128 mg/dL and IgM of 41 mg/dL. Does it indicate something that I need to consult a doctor immediately?  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. According to the investigation, you have a IgG (immunoglobulin G) of 1128 mg/dL (normal range : 600 to 1640 mg/dL) and IgA (immunoglobulin A) of 193 mg/dL (normal range : 47 to 310 mg/dL). Both IgG and IgA are within normal limits. But IgM (im...  Read Full »

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