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Since May I have been taking Valtrex. At first it was 500mg once a day then it increased to 1000mg once a day in June after frequent outbreaks persisted. I've had a total of 9 outbreaks since May and was diagnosed with hsv2 in March of this year. The past three weeks I've had severe dizziness, especially when lying down and getting up in the mornings. Today my doctor suggested taking acyclovir 400mg twice a day. Has anyone switched from acyclovir to valtrex and experienced better results/less breakouts?
Hi guys I am worried if I got herpes. I have gone to the doctor and they have all said I am fine, I recently had Oral sex from a girl I met. I had it done two times. The first time I was fine and the next time, I felt pain in my urine. Uti tests and stds tests expect for Herpes was done and I was good. The pain went away but I have these red sores and I am confused if they are anything? The doctor said they are normal but I just want some feedback. Thank you guys please comment. My pictures are there https://ibb.co/mV8jbp https://ibb.co/jqnubp https://ibb.co/fGze99 https://ibb.co/dP6gNU https://ibb.co/m9Sz99 https://ibb.co/jcfK99 https://ibb.co/nbg4bp https://ibb.co/kxv82U https://ibb.co/enKCU9
Hello All! I had my first outbreak towards the end of May and it was horrible. I had a few open sores, peeing was excruciating and my vaginal lips were swollen beyond belief; very textbook. After i recieved my diagnosis i went to work researching herpes and how to live my best life with it. After all, im only 18 years old and in college. I immediately start taking daily antivirals and order lysine. I was determined to not have another outbreak but not even 2 weeks after the start if my first ob i had another one. I was devastated. Since my first ob i believed i had 4 more and was besides myself( ive been doing everything to try and not have an ob; taking lysine, monolaurin, olive leaf extract). These outbreaks were nothing like the first, not much swelling or big sores, more like a few small white looking bumps that would go away, then reappear in a different spot, hence why i thought outbreak after outbreak. However, i went to the doctor yesterday to get a prescription for female condoms and told her about how many outbreaks ive had. She was so shocked and said there was no way i was having as many outbreaks as I said. She looked at the sores after i told her about the outbreak i was having right now and she promptly told me that its not herpes. She told me herpes doesnt look like that and i wouldnt be having outbreaks if im taking antivirals daily. She also told me that basically condoms wont do a damn thing about spreading herpes because it only covers the canal not the skin and the virus is transfered through the contact of thrusting. What do you make of this? Should i believe her? I just want my life to go back to normal as possible but i dont wanna risk giving herpes to someone else based off wrong information. The dots that show up on me look very much like this picture, just not as many or as big or located in the labia, mine are always locate on the skin next to the vaginal opening. —- side note: has anyone used female condoms? Was it still pleasurable? Do you feel as though its better at reducind skin to skin transmission than make condoms?
mcf1971 posted a topic in Spreading and Preventing HerpesWould a person with a herpes outbreak be prescribed antibiotics?
Hey i have been using something for a while now and I'm convinced it works. I don't want to be greedy so I'll share my recipe and I'd be interested to know how u get on. Can be used as a daily ointment on the area effected or 3 x a day when u sense an outbreak coming on applied with cotton wool. 25 ml fractioned coconut oil 25 ml virgin olive oil 12 drops Tea Tree oil 20 drops origano oil 8 drops propolis liquid Mix well before use and if any irritation increase olive/coconut oils Good luck I also want to keep u up to date with my progress. I use the above to treat/stop an outbreak and have recently started the following to work on ridding myself of the virus altogether. Morning and evening 5 drops of an oregano oil mixed with unrefined olive oil under the tongue. Mix 8-10 drops of oregano oil to every ounce of olive oil. Shake well before use. I will rub 4 drops of oregano oil mixed with pure coconut oil at the base of my spine. Only recently added dmso to this. Well it's been 3 weeks so far and no hint of an ob. Ill keep u posted
Has anyone found a way of stopping menstrual-triggered outbreaks/viral activity? This is the main trigger for me now after three years of having hsv2 but I don't know if there is anything that can be done without having a hysterectomy or using a contraceptive that stops it. Not keen on this or taking antivirals during my period so, are there any non medicinal solutions?
Has anyone ever heard of capturing the secretions of your herpes breakout in tiny medical jar so that the virus can be collected and put into pills so that you can take them on the daily as a way to prevent recurring outbreaks? I had a naturopath suggest this option to me as a way to decrease outbreaks. He even gave me the jar to capture and bring back to him whenever I have my next outbreak. Something about reintroducing your own herpes virus into your body helps build your immune system? Anyway someone there testified to it working for them for the past 6 months so I'm actually considering it. What do you guys think?
I have both versions of the virus. (tested positive for them). Without any treatment any normal year will yield 7 to 15 outbreaks. I did Valtrex, would help to stop outbreaks but heavy symptoms of replication would be still present, did this for the first 3 years then stopped Valtrex for 3 years and tried everything else mentioned out there in studies and here in the forum with mixed results but nothing that would work 100% including Lysine (at the dose of 1000mg a day). Last year on a trip out of state, i decided to indulge in heavy drinking, which we all know puts a heavy strain on the immune system and started to obviously have very heavy symptoms of replication, but ladies and gentlemen this one was coming strong. So I run to the internet and again, went back to visit all the studies re-read everything to find a solution I havent tried, then found articles more specific on the arginine function inside the virus replication cycle, such as (https://www.fxmedicine.com.au/blog-post/role-arginine-viral-replication) this article. Lysine seemed a good option again but how to differentiate this new experience from the last time, I asked myself what can I do better this time? I took 12 grams that day(divided in 4 doses of 4, woke up took one, then 4 with every food), still with the huge pain of the outbreak about to come but, something changed. It didnt come! as expected I had stomach cramps, bloating and discomfort but I continued during the week to the point that the pain subsided an the outbreak never came. No red skin, no blisters, no pain no nothing after a week, so that prompted me to start a little personal experiment. Lysine Dosage Experimentation - A years worth of personal experience with lysine dosages. Months one to three: 1000mg with each food (3 times a day) -Replication (prodome) symtoms present: (4/10) ; on a scale of 10 being present all the time, 0 never being present. -Amount of outbreaks: 1.5 ; reduction from the usual 3 to 5 from the past year Held back one outbreak, and had a very small one that healed in two days two weeks later) -Cost of treatment: 3 pills per day x 90 days = 3 bottles of 100 pills x 10 dollars each = $30 -Side Effects: Stomach Cramping, Bloating, -How I mitigated side effects: At this point didnt try much, maybe some pepto but no big change. Still I held up the dosage experiment because of the clear reduction in symptoms and outbreaks. Months three to six: 2000mg with each food (3 times a day) -Replication (prodome) symtoms present: (1/10) ; on a scale of 10 being present all the time, 0 never being present. -Amount of outbreaks: 0 ; reduction from the usual 3 to 5 from the past year All i felt at this point was faint jolts in the sciatica nerve (tigh and butt) but no mayor symptoms. -Cost of treatment: 6 pills per day x 30 days (3 months) = 6 bottles of 100 pills x 10 dollars each = $60 + dietary changes -Side Effects: Stomach Cramping, Bloating, Hungry a lot more often ( Gained weight (5-6 pounds) Happy -How I mitigated side effects: This was a little heavier on my body, but my body had gotten somewhat used to it in the past months, so I researched on how to combat cramping and bloating I found one common cheap way of doing it: Bananas, potassium rich food helps with bloating! So after adding bananas I would eat 2 to 3 bananas a day, everything seemed a lot more manageable. Also tried foods with stomach enzimes like papaya, yogurt (greekplain with the fruits added later), Pineapple and lots of water. Everything helped with the symptoms and made me eat healthier on the way which prompted more lifestyle changes like eating less processed sugary stuff like cookies, candy etc... Months six to nine: 3000mg with each food (3 times a day) -Replication (prodome) symtoms present: (0.5/10) ; on a scale of 10 being present all the time, 0 never being present. The only reason I put 0.5 is because I know the virus is there, its been with me for years so my brain knows hes not going away but to be honest I had no symptoms at all. -Amount of outbreaks: 0 ; reduction from the usual 3 to 5 from the past year -Cost of treatment: 9 pills per day x 90 days = 9 bottles of 100 pills x 10 dollars each = $90 + dietary changes -Side Effects: Stomach Cramping, Bloating, dropped weight gained, Super Happy, Confident -How I mitigated side effects: By this time I had eliminated Soda (aside from the once a week sprite with some junk food) and only drank water(tried as much to make it high ph but any water would do me good anyways), I was snacking 3 to 5 times a day fruits, my digestion was amazing but the 9grams of lysine felt heavy. Now this months came some main course dietary changes also, concentrated more on eating better, I personally love meats so I would go and eat meat with a salad, or rice, try to leave out things like bread and pasta (anything wheat made really).. Months nine to twelve: 0mg with each food (3 times a day) -Replication (prodome) symtoms present: (6/10) ; on a scale of 10 being present all the time, 0 never being present. Effects from the lysine intake lasted a good 7 to 10 days then the symptoms came back at least 60%, I suspect my dietary changes have a positive effect on keeping the virus at bay -Amount of outbreaks: Almost 1 ; reduction from the usual 3 to 5 from the past year (I stopped it with the 2 grams with food option) =) -Cost of treatment: cost of newly found dietary changes -Side Effects: Happy, Energetic -How I mitigated side effects: By this time, I had begun excercising, continued to eat better, cut down my junk food eating to once every two weeks, kept my intake of fruits had energy all the time. i drank 4 to 8 bottles of water daily, 90% removed bread and pasta, but introduced more vegeteables to accompany my meats, 90% removed soda intake... no more sugar in exess.. my body didnt even ask for sugars anymore. I decided to stick with the 2 grams with food every single day or 6 grams a day, sometimes I take it 3 grams in the morning, 3 grams before sleep.. After a year of not having almost outbreaks I look forward to more years like this, I felt responsible to share this information. One thing I want to say from my personal experience and as advice.. Biologically, Im not a normal person anymore, I accepted it. I can lead a normal lifestyle just like any other human, but If I understand the Biologically ive changed I must do whats best for my new standard. Thats why initially I made the changes to my diet, made the changes to my lifstyle and im always looking forward to better myself mentally, and physically. I do not provoke the virus as a test, I do not eat high arginine foods like nuts and chocolate "for nostalgia" of how I once was, that is detrimental to my new biologic state. To me, accepting is understanding that the food I used to eat before, i cannot eat anymore, being sad and depressed is not an option anymore, that i had to change my character to a point in which it affects positively my choices from now on to protect my new wellbeing. Today im a new person, regained my confidence, my happiness and all not because of lysine but because of understanding and accepting that for me to accept the positive lysine changes in my body I needed to change my life. Change is the treatment I offer you guys today. Any questions feel free to ask, I dont log in often.. usually always looked from the ouside, but I will try to answer any questions you have.
I have herpes 2. My outbreaks are triggered by eating chocolate and usually I don't have outbreaks other than when I eat chocolate or under stress so maybe a few times a year. I started doing low carb, high fat Keto diet 2 months ago. I have cut out all refined carbs and sugar except for a few cheat meals. My protein and fat intake has increased but these are foods I typically ate anyway. A typical day is bacon and eggs for breakfast and meat or poultry and a green vegetable for dinner. Mid day hard boiled egg, avocado, lunch meat or cheese. One cup of coffee daily with cream and sugar substitute. I've had a very bad, ongoing outbreak for 2 months straight now. Outbreak after outbreak. Never have I experienced this before and I've had herpes for 40 years. In the past I've gotten very good results by applying Melissa essential oil to my sores, resulting in helping with the pain and speeding the healing process. Currently this doesn't seem to be working as well. I've looked up foods high in arginine thinking my diet must be heavier in arginine now but I'm very frustrated to find conflicting info since the very same foods listed high in arginine are also on the high in lysine food charts. What the heck?! I have no idea whats causing this or what to do about it. ANY advise appreciated.
I apologise if this is too detailed but I really need to know if this is to be expected every time I try to please myself. I was diagnosed with HSV2 in March this year. The outbreak happened right at the bottom entry of my vaginal opening. Originally I thought I had a vaginal tear from sex (well I did) and it turned into a herpes infection. After my first breakout I have had two more small ones. Both outbreaks occurred after having a clitoral orgasm initiated by using a vibrator on myself. Never have I inserted anything in my vagina yet my outbreaks keep occurring in the same area near the bottom of my vaginal opening! I'm so confused as to why this is happening especially since I am not rubbing on the area where the outbreaks are popping up. This is so disheartening because now I fear that all intimate pleasure with myself or anyone for that matter) will result in an outbreak. How can I make this better? Of course I take valtrex when the outbreaks happen but I don't want to takev them on the daily. I've been supplementing with 2000mg lysine and 2000mg c-plus citrus bioflavonoids. I have been a big believer in holistic healing so any advice in that realm would be helpful as well. I'm just really curious if anyone else out there is having these same issue and if so did it persist or is this just going to eventually subside?
The Voyager posted a topic in Personal Experience with HerpesWanted to post this for quite some time now but never found the right moment until now. I must have had herpes passed to me as a child because there is a photograph of me with a coldsore when I was about 10 so that really sucks! And as much as I wish I didn't have it (I really would do anything to not have it) I have actually learned more about health and well-being from it than I would have otherwise. Basically you begin to understand your immune system and learn how to tell when things are not so good (therefore making the correct adjustments to see that you are mentally and physically sound and fit). There's a Chinese proverb that goes, 'one disease long life no disease short life' and that means you sometimes need an unfortunate event to make you realise and see the bigger picture. True though, like death and family passings, always puts things into perspective. I was quite ignorant of the fact that every year or longer sometimes, I would occasionally get cold sores on my lips from ages 10 to about 22, but didn't feel socially constraint by them as I do now, I'd just accept that they come, in fact I didn't even know it was herpes as such until I started to seriously research the topic. I started seeing a girl aroun 2010 and I am unsure what made me think but I could not bare the fact that should I have an outbreak I would have to see this girl, and I think the worrying about it probably brought one on, I sort of avoided the girl for 2 weeks but in that time isolated myself in my house and I know people say you should not do that but in that 2 weeks I think I learned all I needed to know about how to combat Herpes and make sure it never came again to that severity. I eventually told her and she seemed kinda cool and just saif be careful when together etc but I was determined to avoid that situation at all cost. Those 2 weeks were hell, I think I tried every single kitchen and bathroom remedy on the internet and actually did more damage to my whole lips and mouth that I wondered if the crater i had created would ever go. I tried tea bags, salty water, honey, nail polish remover, tea tree oil, olive oil, Lysine tablets, cutting out all arginine foods and about a million others, honestly it was not good, physical and mental states were deteriorating and I could no longer do it. Three things I pulled from my research were 'IMMUNE SYSTEM', 'ACIDIC AND ALKALINE' states, 'LYSINE + ARGININE based foods' and 'PRESCRIPTION ACICLOVIR CREAM AND TABLETS. The immune system is evident, you run your body down you get ill, making more work for your immune system to try to fix, like a country being attacked from all boarders, if you have a weak immune system then it will be easy for invaders to infiltrate, a stronger immune will make it much harder. Also body is made up of trillions of cells, cells are like little soldiers, if you treat your army well, exercise them regularly, give them the right foods and let them live in the right environment then you shouldn't have anything to worry about. The acid and alkaline theory states this, any virus is incapable of surviving in an oxygen rich environment such as in an alkaline state, and eating foods high in oxygen and water 'should' push your body to a more alkaline state. Even if you don't believe in this theory, the fact is eating foods high in water, oxygen, chlorophyl, unsaturated fats, vitimins and minerals as opposed to foods that oppose this, well you run the risk of pouring a right sticky mess into your body! That's my none scientific explanation of what I took. It doesn't have to be scientific and hard to understand. And as many of you will know, foods high in Arginine are a food source for the herpes virus, so I researchd that heavily and began to eliminate accordingly. It ws quite simple as most of the arginine foods were also the least healthy in most cases (but the idea is not to be too strict with this, just trial and error some things, if they don't work try something else, eventually after a year or two you should start to see change). I soon got onto my doctor and asked to be prescribed aciclovir cream and tablets as my research had told me that these are the only over the counter meds that work, Lysine was also reccomended butit says you should take one a day minimum to prevent and to be fair I did for about 6 months then thought fuck this, I'll just clean up my body and then I won't need to be taking this as often (which I did). Even now I won't take Lysine or Aciclovir cream or tablets daily because I also read that your body can become immune so you have to save that weaponry for when it's needed. A quick look at my lifestye before I took things seriously. Meat eater. Drank coffee (with milk). Took party drugs and partied long and hard into the night and day. Had sugar in coffee and tea. No real idea of what healthy food was. No understanding of the bodies immune (didn't care either). Smoked weed now and then. Only drank water when I was hot. Not too much exercise. Ate chocolate and sweets. Allowed myself to exert my stress physically. Sounds horrible now looking at that list, but I knew I had to change some things up, this was by no means an overnight trandformation, and the research was ongoing and a developmental thing. To keep this short and as to not repeat myself, if you look at the list above of my lifestyle before I took things seriously, well I started to be the exact oppisite of all of them. Simple. Started to eat clean whole foods like legumes, rice, dark greens, basically more of a vegetarian / vegan based diet but still love thin base pizza and snacks now and then, it's just moderation. Stopped drinking so much alchohol and gradually reduced it to literally maybe one or two drinks a week, cut out ALL spirits etc, started to drink water more regular. Nothing breakthrough at all. Here's how I see it, your body is a machine, nothing more, your soul is wherever the hell it is but your body is a bio-mechanical machine that needs regular maintenance, servicing and looking after. Like a car or motorbike, if you don't put the oil in, the engine siezes, if you don't put the right fuel in, it will come to a stop, if you don't polish the body work it's going to look rubbish and so on. Your body is no different. If you treat your body like crap, when an invader tries to invade (in herpes situation travel up your nerves and attack local cells on your skin / lips / body well it will have an easy time because your 'soldiers' or cells will be fat old men who can't run or defend shit. I have not had an outbreak in nearly 2 years until 3 days ago, and that's because I let my guard down, I decided to drink on the weekend and woke up feeling really bad, and shot out of bed like lightening when i felt something on my lip. I was lucky enough to feel the first tingling and a very small bump on my lip, so ran very quicky to grab Aciclovir creme and proceeded to dab that all over, and it probably just about caught it in time, unfortunately I did not have Aciclovir anti-viral tablets to also combat this, so instead used 1000mg lysine tablets whch are no way as good, but I definitely saved it from ballooning and making a mess of me, I am hoping to be cleared in another 2/3 days. I have now decided to NEVER drink again, whereby drinking so much you don't know how you got home, sure I'll have the occassional beer but never above the drink drive limit. Sound harsh? Well I see drinking as a waste of money anyway and I would much rather be up on Sunday at 7am making memories and drinking tea than lying in bed with a coldsore for 1 week! There's probably more I could say and share on my experiences, but I seemed to have written a lot already. If you want to ask me anything feel free, but one last piece of advice I can give is what works for someone might not work for you and vice versa. It's a trial and error thing. Such as the coffee thing, some people will swear that they eat coffee beans and drink all black coffees daily and nevera thing, good for them, but I know cutting coffee out of my diet not only saved me a lot of money, made me physically and mentally healthier but I do believe it stopped the outbreaks. Plus it's a mind over matter thing also, if you don't focus on the problem it will never be a reality, you could kiss your teddybear every morning and tell people that you have not had an outbreak ever since you started kissing your teddybear, if that works keep doing it, just try not to pass such madness on as scientific breakthrough Congrats for getting this far.
I was recently diagnosed with HSV 2 after multiple recurrent outbreaks. I was treated with anti virals and my last outbreak cleared up a month ago...early this week, i noticed itching in the same area, and an underlying mild fever, that night I had a grand mal seizure in my sleep. I am a diagnosed epileptic, but haven’t had a Seizure in over a year, so this came as a surprise, but then again so did the full blown outbreak that followed the seizure 2 days later. I can’t find any research online about epilepsy and hsv 2, however I have found multiple articles about how the virus can cause seizures in extreme cases of herpetic meningitis/Encephalitis/found mainly in newborns with the virus so to my knowledge not related to an actual seizure disorder only related to the virus itself and the symptoms I have are not consistent with anything that extreme so...what I’m wondering is if there is any correlation between there seizure I had and the outbreak that followed...I’ve read a lot about potential neurological side effects/issues with HSV 2 I’m wondering if anyone has any further information or resources about this they could share with me? I’m wondering if my seizure was almost like an early warning alarm to the upcoming outbreak/could it have been caused by the virus/maybe the low grade fever? All I know is I noticed mild signs of an out break, had a seizure, and less than 2 days later a full blown outbreak and they definitely seem tied together.
Hi! New to this site but unfortunately not new to herpes. I started getting outbreaks around 5 years ago and they have been constant the last 3 1/2 years. I am going through the worst outbreak ever. I probably have 5 lesions on the base of my spine right now. I have tried supplements, diets, valtrex which triggered the outbreaks to be constant for me, energy work, therapy and releasing emotions, etc... part of me feels like the outbreak is so bad because my body is detoxing it out of me and about to heal and part of me feels like I am going to have to deal with this the rest of my life. I am really bumming right now. And it's not just the out breaks but the run down achey feeling and nerve pain. Through meditation it comes to meet that i need to have more humor around this and more sex with my husband. I have tried to have humor. And having sex with my husband just seems impossible with all of the outbreaks. I believe in miracles but feel like the miracle is jumping over my house. I see here alot of info about the shingles vaccine. I will maybe try that. I also want to try body code. Would love to hear from people who had been in my boat before and cured themselves or at least stopped having constant breakouts. I would love to have just one or two breakouts a year like a "normal person".
I used to get outbreaks maybe once every 2-3 months. Recently, as soon as I get an outbreak, I've been taking acyclovir tablets (200g 3 times a day for 4 days). It helps clear up the outbreak fast, which is great! That said, now I seem to get outbreaks every 1-2 months, and twice now I've had an outbreak only a couple weeks after a previous outbreak! Not much has changed from before. I'm less stressed. Diet is pretty similar (I have tried taking 2g lysine a day, and eating high lysine/low arginine foods, although that made little difference). I am having a lot more sex, so I wouldn't be surprised if that's playing a role (my partner, as far as we know, does not have HSV, although she may have it but not show symptoms). Overall pretty healthy! My wonder is that if the pills are making it easier for my body to fight off the infection, and as such my body's defences are getting weaker, and so I'm getting more regular outbreaks. Has anyone else experienced anything similar? This time I'm not going to take the pills, see how my body reacts.
I was diagnosed 2 years ago by my doctor who took one look at my downstairs region and said it was herpes, gave me a script for Valtrex and sent me on my way. My issue is that recently I've been maybe 2 days OB free between reoccurrences within the past several months and it's driving me crazy and putting a damper on my relationship. I take Valtrex 2x a day everyday, lysine, vitamin b, c, d and Zinc. I have cut out alcohol and coffee. I can't understand why it's so frequent when I thought it was supposed to slow down in frequency. Has anyone else had the same issue? The only thing I can think of that has changed is I stopped my oral contraceptives and had an IUD inserted in March, and the OBs have definitely increased since then. I also have PCOS polycystic ovary syndrome. I have thoughts that maybe my hormones are to blame. I have an appointment on Tuesday, where I plan to demand a swab, blood tests and hormone level check but I wanted to see if anyone in this community has had the same issues or can shed any light on what could possibly be going on. Thanks all!!
Hello I'm looking for some advice, I'm really struggling to recognize if I'm having an outbreak or not. I've had previous skin conditions of red dots and itchy skin as I had severe eczema as a child which has now thankfully cleared up. However, now being diagnosed with HSV1 gential about 10 months ago, I experience my primary (quite severe) OB and my secondary OB of only one minor lesion, I now find myself mulling over every red dot I find on my genitals. Currently I have a few red bumps under my foreskin which have left me wondering again whether or not I'm experiencing an OB I was also awakened last night my a sudden sharp pang of itching/pain on my penis last night but and unsure if that was just boxers catching me or if it is linked! I'm finding it very hard to know whether me and my partner are safe to have sex and am feeling it start to effect my confidence and I don't want to keep having to say no because I'm worrying! I'd really appreciate any advice, H
Fighterforlife posted a topic in Managing Outbreaks & Pain ReliefHi All, I was diagnosed with HSV-2 Herpes 8 months ago and it's been a roller coaster ride. I've learned to accept it, and have been trying to maintain a positive outlook on my situation and life. However, I constantly having reoccurring outbreaks. I'm talking about every week. Once an outbreak clears up, another follows shortly after. For the most part they are mild, but I can definitely see sores and bumps in the same areas, and automatically know it's another outbreak. I am currently talking Valtrex daily. I also take Vitamin C, Echinacea, Lysine, and Garlic pills daily. I excercise 3-4 times a week, and eat healthy for the most part. Although I have difficultly sleeping, I do get at least 7-8 hours of sleep a night. I've tried meditation, yoga...everything and I still get them CONSTANTLY. I feel as if my sex life is non existent because of this fear I carry that I will infect someone. Can someone shed some insight or light on what can be possibly causing these never ending outbreaks based on experiences? Trying to stay positive and live a normal life but it's hard!
Hi everyone I contracted HSV2 when I was 18 from an ex partner and had a terrible first OB after then I never got another outbreak no prodomes no itch nothing I never even thought about havind this disease really.. I didn't get an OB for around 7 years and thought I was one of the lucky ones. I'm 27 now and when I was 25 I started getting OBS almost monthly they would usuallly occur after my period or the week before and started off very mild tiny like paper cuts and would go in a few days they never were actual blisters.. however the past year now I still get them but they are more painful and more blister like and last about a week. I went to the clinic I live in the uk and wanted to go back on the implant as I thought it was my period causing them the nurse said he had never heard of periods causing OBS which was surprising seen as so many women say they do and it's even on the NHS website. I went back on it however bled constantly so came off it it had no impact on my OBS and didn't stop them. I feel like i constantly have prodomes but sores do not appear im constantly itchy down there and get nerve pain in my legs and bum alor and sometimes even my arms and hands I take lysine but it doesn't seem to help. I'm going on suppressive meds but the clinic has told me there is a wait as there systems are down and can't book appointments. I was worried maybe my immune system was down and maybe I had hiv but I've been tested twice in the two years this has started and both have been negative. Also I don't know if this is related but when the OBS started I also started getting servere acne to that I had never experienced before my doctors tested me and said my blood tests showed a hormone imbalance and I may have poly cystic ovaries. My acne has now gone but I still have to take meds for it to keep it under control I really don't want to take suppressive which is why I've waited so long but I can't handle this anymore and I really don't understand why all of a sudden after 7 years this has happened ? Has anyone had a similar experience ?
After a few months of issues, with what seemed like yeast infections or BV, I just got my blood tests back yesterday and was positive for herpes 1. Ive been reading a lot about herpes, and read that genital herpes 1 typically has less frequent/ less severe outbreaks after the first one than type 2. I was wondering what were your experiences with this and everyone's outbreaks and recurrences. And what I can do to help make them occur as least as possible. Thanks!
Hello fellow herpsters I wanted to reach out and share my experience on my outbreaks so far in hope of spreading positivity and power! To my not-so-pleasant surprise I was diagnosed with HSV2 last September and since then things have definitely been up and down. Like most people here I went through the 'denial stage' in the first few weeks. I took the meds, the sores healed and I carried on my life like nothing happened. I hadn't done that much research, but my doctor and gynaecologist were so nonchalant about the whole thing and I knew how common it was that it really didn't bother me much at first. This was until reoccurring outbreaks and on going itchiness became my battle for the next 3 months. It was so disheartening and I felt so alone. I went on my second 5 day course of meds but unfortunately I suffered from intense migraines, so I decided to go solo and fight it naturally through several other remedies. I am an incredibly healthy person as it is, so having to become even healthier to support my immune system was hard to get my head around. I would take (and still take) lysine and echinacea daily, use coconut oil when I felt itchiness and use Sudocrem religiously to heal my beautiful sores. But when one outbreak would heal, another would surface. I realised a huge trigger for me was alcohol and every time I had it I was guaranteed an outbreak. This obviously makes perfect sense as alcohol affects the strength of our immune system and puts stress on the body. I eventually went on my third 5 day course of meds as I felt fed up and just wanted at least one week of no sores. These were a lower dosage to my first and second, so luckily I had no side effects or migraines! My body healed and I wanted to maintain outbreak free therefore I ditched the booze and kept up a healthy lifestyle. Being a uni student and having friends that drink constantly, it was difficult to not give in to pressure and explain again and again why I don't have a drink in my hand (didn't mention herpes though, just said my body reacts weirdly to it these days- so wasn't far from the truth ). My body and my health come first and so I stuck by the decision (this was particularly hard during the month of December!). Becoming T total was an experience in itself. I faced constant judgement from peers, suspicious looks and insecure people assuming you think you're better than them because you "don't need to drink to have fun". But I remained strong, positive and listened to my body before my peers. Sometimes I feel left out and a massive health freak but It was definitely an interesting social and personal experiment, which also made me realise the perks of not drinking. I know that ditching alcohol isn't for everyone and that it brings great pleasure to a lot of people, but if you are struggling with recurrent outbreaks, give it a go! It doesn't have to be forever, but just until you feel your body is strong and has had a decent chance at battling the virus. Of course there are many people that have herpes and drink and see no effects, but everyone is different and my body has never reacted well to alcohol even before my diagnosis, so it was the next logical decision. Anyway I was outbreak and symptom free for over a month until I had an intense workout at the gym, which stressed my body out. It was minor and healed within a few days without meds! I finally felt as if I had more control over my body. Personally that's my main battle, I've always been a perfectionist and hated not being in control of my body. Herpes makes you feel lost in that sense and takes away the power you once had over your body. It's now nearly been 5 months since my diagnosis which is crazy! Time flies and the body is an amazing piece of equipment! It's a battle of strength, mental power and acceptance. My advice to anyone struggling with ongoing outbreaks is to realllllly listen to your body and don't abuse it. Love your body and give it things to nourish it and give it the attention it deserves. I now have so much appreciation for my body and encourage it everyday to keep being strong. There are soooo many lessons to be learnt after being diagnosed with herpes and self-love is one of them. So to whoever is reading this, yes it is difficult and yes it can be gloomy at times BUT wake up and use this experience to strengthen your life for the best not the worst. Believe in you self, your body and herpes. Learn to love this beautiful little virus and it will in turn love you. Now on to my next lesson, disclosure and self-worth "Whatever you’re feeling, it will eventually pass. You won’t feel sad forever. At some point, you will feel happy again. You won’t feel anxious forever. In time, you will feel calm again. You don’t have to fight your feelings or feel guilty for having them. You just have to accept them and be good to yourself while you ride this out. Resisting your emotions and shaming yourself will only cause you more pain, and you don’t deserve that. You deserve your own love, acceptance, and compassion." - Lori Deschene
Hello there! I was diagnosed with HSV1 Oral when I was 16. I am now 21 and have had regular outbreaks maybe twice a year at the most. However about 2 months ago i kissed a girl who ended up having a cold sore she thought was a cut. Naturally when I went home the next morning I had a cold sore on the side of my lip. So I took Valtrex and toward the middle of the day I had another one pop up where I would normally get them, at the top of my lip. Since I have OCD I kind of obsessed over how to get rid of it quickly and looked a bunch of stuff up. I tried some witch hazel, domeboro, anything that people said would work. I ended up making it worse and the sore stayed there for about 3 weeks, much longer than the usual 1-2 weeks. Once the sore healed the area where I had the sores stayed red for much longer than usual as well. I ended up getting another one on the side of my lip again a couple of days later which i thought was from not replacing my toothbrush. Again, I took more valtrex and it went away much quicker, around 10 days. The area was still red like before. About a week after the sore was gone I got another one. This time i used ice which seemed to help a lot and got on daily suppression with 500 MG of Valtrex, It went away in about a week. Usually when I wake up is when I end up seeing the sores. At this point i was taking the daily suppression when i woke up. About 2 weeks ago I tried smoking weed for the first time. I smoked again the next day before bed because my OCD started to act up, and people told me it would help. It didn't and this time was pretty bad. I woke up with a cold sore the next day. My doctor then put me on 1000Mg a week ago and my cold sore at this point is gone. Although the area is still red for some reason which is unusual considering it has never happened before. I was diagnosed with OCD when I was 9 and most people dont show symptoms till they are in their 20's. I'm assuming at this point I am relapsing. Ever since the fist two cold sores I got I have been obsessing over getting more and have been constantly checking if I have them. It's to the point where I will look in the mirror and as soon as I am done looking I have to check again right away. I am currently getting help so no need to be concerned on that part. But I guess I have a few questions! 1. )Is it possible I was given a different strain of HSV1 from the girl I kissed? And if so, could that be the reason I am having so many outbreaks? (I was tested for HSV1 & 2, and only tested positive for HSV1) 2.) Or am I breaking out because I have been obsessing over it, touching it when the sores are gone, etc. in which case, stress could be the trigger? 3.) Could the possibility of a new strain be the reason my triggers are different, or does that just happen as you age? (they used to be trauma to the area, sun burn, astringent/drying agents, and some other unknowns) 4.) Could smoking weed be a trigger since it suppresses the immune system, even though alcohol never was? Or could immunosuppresents be a new trigger? 5.) What's the deal with the constant redness (almost like a scar that gets worse in the cold) 6.) Should taking the higher dosed valtrex at night help, since I wake up with cold sores, instead of in the morning? 7.) The only other possible explanation i can think of is that I was on two antibiotics around the same time I kissed the girl. Could this in turn have lowered my immune system, causing my antibodies to poorly respond to the hsv introduced from her? 8.) And besides chilling the fuck out, which i am trying to do lmao, does anyone have any suggestions on how to help? I really want this most recent ob to be my last for a while.
Hello, I am new to this. Like just found out today. But I am scared and confused. I have some questions about outbreaks that I do not get? 1. Do you guys usually have them? Or was it just once or twice? 2. How long will it take for the medicine to make the outbreak and pain go away? 3. How should I properly wash down there while trying to avoid spreading? Can I do things to avoid spreading? 4. Do we just never have oral sex or unprotected sex again? I have actually never even had sex without a condom, I always wanted to wait for a husband for that
Posted in another thread, but this may be a question for fellow ladies specifically. I was diagnosed 2 years ago by my doctor who took one look at my downstairs region and said it was herpes, gave me a script for Valtrex and sent me on my way. My issue is that recently I've been maybe 2 days OB free between reoccurrences within the past several months and it's driving me crazy and putting a damper on my relationship. I take Valtrex 2x a day everyday, lysine, vitamin b, c, d and Zinc. I have cut out alcohol and coffee. I can't understand why it's so frequent when I thought it was supposed to slow down in frequency. Has anyone else had the same issue? The only thing I can think of that has changed is I stopped my oral contraceptives and had an IUD inserted in March, and the OBs have definitely increased since then. I also have PCOS polycystic ovary syndrome. I have thoughts that maybe my hormones are to blame. I have an appointment on Tuesday, where I plan to demand a swab, blood tests and hormone level check but I wanted to see if anyone in this community has had the same issues or can shed any light on what could possibly be going on. Thanks all!!
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