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can a doctor swab skin for a possible hsv infection or does a sore/lesion have to be swabbed?

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Dr. Yvette Kratzberg
24 years experience Pediatrics
HSV culture: HSV infection results most commonly in open sores. These sores can be swabbed for a culture to determine if they are HSV. In between eruptions, the virus lies dormant in nerve cells and is not detectable by swab culture. A Doctor can prescribe an antiviral to treat outbreaks once a person has been diagnosed with HSV.
Answered on Oct 20, 2020

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