Can herpes relocate from one area of the body to another? Not typically, but yes.
The nerve that is impacted when you have HSV-1 (cold sores) is also located in your spine in the neck area, specifically nerve root C-5. Cold sores are thought to remain orally above the waist. However, HSV-1 (cold sores) can be transmitted to the genitals. It does not become HSV-2. It remains HSV-1, but now has the ability to flare up genitally.
Having contracted genital herpes implies you have infection of the nerve roots along your spine that supply certain areas of your body. These nerve roots, commonly called L-4, L-5 and S-1, are located at the base of your spinal cord and are the nerves that manage the rectal area, buttocks and parts of the thigh. Meaning, because these other areas are managed by these infected nerves, you can have typical breakouts at any of these areas, even though they may not be the original site of transmission. Genital herpes are thought to remain below the waist.
Although it only happens occasionally HSV~1 and HSV-2 can occur elsewhere on your body. This is more common when you are immunocompromised.
I was told by the leading neurologist at Kaiser Permanente that the Herpes Simplex Virus can, in some cases, move around to other parts of the body and present itself to another area of the body by traveling through nerve ganglia.
For example, while you may have contracted genital herpes, the virus could settle in and around the nerve ganglia responsible for the muscle control of your upper arm and, while there may be no outward signs of a breakout, you may experience muscle weakness.
Anytime you experience any unusual symptoms of any kind, please see your doctor. Doctors treat disseminated herpes with low dose prescription medications. In some emergent situations this may be necessary. However, low dose antiviral herbs and spices and have fewer, if any, side-effects.
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