Jump to content
World's Largest Herpes Support Group
Sign in to follow this  
mrs witches

is it possible to get nonstop outbreaks for over 6 months?

Recommended Posts

mrs witches

Hi! I'm new here and desperately need help.

I've had cold sores since my freshman year of college (probably inherited it because I'd never kissed anyone before then) and for five years I've gotten outbreaks around two times a year, always after final exams. I became somewhat of a pro when it came to recognizing symptoms, so when I felt the tingling in February of 2009, I immediately slapped on some abreva. But after it healed (no more pain or sores), it came back. No more than two days later I had to go through through the entire process again. It just kept coming BACK, all through May. And with each outbreak, the virus seemed to gain surface area. Soon my chin was damp and my cheeks were getting red blotches. During the last recurrence, even my forehead was itchy.

I saw a doctor and they prescribed Denavir. It held back the virus for about a month and then...boom, another outbreak that's lasted from July-now. I'm so paranoid now I'm washing my hands after each time I touch my face. I don't know what the triggers are anymore as I seem to get it when I don't even feel stressed or sleep-deprived. I've done so much reading online and have tried practically everything - abreva, apple cider vinegar, flounder, wearing a surgical mask to sleep, lysine supplements, alcohol, whole milk (even putting it on my face), acidophilus, yogurt and corn starch pastes, garlic... I've cut out all the "high in arginine" foods but nothing seems to work. I just want a normal life and I'll be starting grad school soon - this should be the least of my worries.

Trying to avoid medication if at all possible - especially since I don't have insurance right now. What do I do? Is having recurrences that are this frequent even scientifically possible? Am I washing my face wrong or unknowingly re-infecting myself somehow, like through my pillow? Is there something wrong with my immune system?

Please help, anyone! :cry:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
jacksprat
Hi! I'm new here and desperately need help.

I've had cold sores since my freshman year of college (probably inherited it because I'd never kissed anyone before then) and for five years I've gotten outbreaks around two times a year, always after final exams. I became somewhat of a pro when it came to recognizing symptoms, so when I felt the tingling in February of 2009, I immediately slapped on some abreva. But after it healed (no more pain or sores), it came back. No more than two days later I had to go through through the entire process again. It just kept coming BACK, all through May. And with each outbreak, the virus seemed to gain surface area. Soon my chin was damp and my cheeks were getting red blotches. During the last recurrence, even my forehead was itchy.

I saw a doctor and they prescribed Denavir. It held back the virus for about a month and then...boom, another outbreak that's lasted from July-now. I'm so paranoid now I'm washing my hands after each time I touch my face. I don't know what the triggers are anymore as I seem to get it when I don't even feel stressed or sleep-deprived. I've done so much reading online and have tried practically everything - abreva, apple cider vinegar, flounder, wearing a surgical mask to sleep, lysine supplements, alcohol, whole milk (even putting it on my face), acidophilus, yogurt and corn starch pastes, garlic... I've cut out all the "high in arginine" foods but nothing seems to work. I just want a normal life and I'll be starting grad school soon - this should be the least of my worries.

Trying to avoid medication if at all possible - especially since I don't have insurance right now. What do I do? Is having recurrences that are this frequent even scientifically possible? Am I washing my face wrong or unknowingly re-infecting myself somehow, like through my pillow? Is there something wrong with my immune system?

Please help, anyone! :cry:

Hi there

I don't quite know what to suggest next, but to answer a few of your questions - I don't think it's possible to be 're-infecting' yourself in your sleep. Washing your face with soap will kill, not spread, the virus so I don't think it's that.

If this forum is anything to go by then OBs this frequent are certainly possible. You said you get them after exams, which leads me to believe it could be linked to stress. Perhaps the stress of frequent OBs is causing a cycle of more OBs. Perhaps a course of meds to suppress the virus would help this.

Your diet seems good. Do you do much exercise?

Good luck with it all.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
JBnATL

It appears stress is your worst enemy

You appear to be doing everything right. Getting educated regarding this virus is the best thing you can do for yourself.

My suggestion would be try and reduce your stress levels as much as you can. That is my number one trigger.

Good luck!

JB

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ntdc

It's not normal but its not completely unusual either. I have outbreaks either as often or more often than you.

I would recommend prescription medication, if it is bothering you so much acyclovir can be purchased at walmart or sams club pharmacy for $20 a month , you would have to take it twice a day but the side effects re quite mild (lethargy is the only one i experienced). Topical medication (even prescrpition such as denavir) is not terribly effective.

If you are worried about your immune system the doctor can do a blood test called "CBC with white blood cell differential" (or commonly known as CBC w/ differential) and also he can test your liver enzymes and A/G ratio. The doctor will notice if there is anything abnormal on the test and refer you to a specialist. You are probably fine but such a test may put your mind at ease.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
inspired83

It is possible to continuely have ob's. When I was first diagnosed, I was so stressed out that I had ob's every two weeks. I would take the suppressive (I have hsv2). It would go away then I would start my period which would trigger another ob. As much as it sucked, I finally got through it after about 4-5 months. I lowered my stress level and that helped so much. I do think you are on the right path of educating yourself. I would think by starting grad school (congrats on that btw!) that your stress level is already elevated. Find a way to relax. :-)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
LivingLife77

Again

I think it is a matter of time. I have seen my oral outbreaks go from gigantic uncontrollable sores to smaller more controllable ones i can cover up. The genital one though I still haven't got a handle on..I believe that may be a matter of time as well.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
foxyloxy25

Yes, it is possible.

My boyfriend has oral herpes, and he went through a phase about five years ago when he was never clear of cold sores. He had several around his mouth at any one time for months - and he caught cold sores aged five so it wasn't even a new infection.

Herpes outbreaks are affected by how strong your immune system is. It might be worthwhile to have a complete healthcheck and have your immune function tested. Sometimes there is an underlying trigger.

In the case of my boyfriend, he also has palindromic arthritis, which is at least partially an immune problem. However, he had had it for years - like the cold sores - without it causing problems. Then he got an attack of athritis, the stress on his system caused a cold sore, and since controlling the herpes virus itself is a stress on the immune system that triggered further arthritis attacks, and led to more cold sores. His oral herpes turned into a vicious circle because his body just couldn't get the virus back under control. In the end the only answer for him was medication (valtrex) which gave him a chance to recover. How he hasn't had a cold sore in a couple of years and he is not on medication. He was very run down at the time, as well as having the arthritis, which is why it is worth looking for underlying health problems.

I'd still recommend giving yourself a couple of months at least on medication to try and help get it under control.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
mrs witches

Thanks everyone for your advice!

What a relief to know that I'm not a freak of nature!

I tried exercise but I also have low blood pressure and I get cramps or feel lightheaded after jogging. But I'm going to keep up with the cycling and elliptical workouts. I'm also going to try yoga and massage therapy. Maybe I have some latent stress that I don't feel.

My immune system has always been weak, and I think I should get it checked out. Also thanks ntdc for the suggestions. The next time I see a physician I will definitely ask for those tests.

When I do recover, should I throw away my toothbrush and chapsticks?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Shayna

There are some powerful supplements that boost your immune system and also some that fight the virus. I take fist-fulls of supplements daily...They really help me. I get mine mostly through my Chiropractor. Maybe you could see a Naturopath or a Chiropractor who works with supplements, and see if that might help you?

Best of Luck!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
mimipudel

Hi Mrs Witches, have you ever found the solution to your problem? I am experiencing the exactly same thing as you described (if not worse) atm, and I am completely helpless. Just don't know what else to do. Please leave a message if you have any more info :(((((((

Hi! I'm new here and desperately need help.

I've had cold sores since my freshman year of college (probably inherited it because I'd never kissed anyone before then) and for five years I've gotten outbreaks around two times a year, always after final exams. I became somewhat of a pro when it came to recognizing symptoms, so when I felt the tingling in February of 2009, I immediately slapped on some abreva. But after it healed (no more pain or sores), it came back. No more than two days later I had to go through through the entire process again. It just kept coming BACK, all through May. And with each outbreak, the virus seemed to gain surface area. Soon my chin was damp and my cheeks were getting red blotches. During the last recurrence, even my forehead was itchy.

I saw a doctor and they prescribed Denavir. It held back the virus for about a month and then...boom, another outbreak that's lasted from July-now. I'm so paranoid now I'm washing my hands after each time I touch my face. I don't know what the triggers are anymore as I seem to get it when I don't even feel stressed or sleep-deprived. I've done so much reading online and have tried practically everything - abreva, apple cider vinegar, flounder, wearing a surgical mask to sleep, lysine supplements, alcohol, whole milk (even putting it on my face), acidophilus, yogurt and corn starch pastes, garlic... I've cut out all the "high in arginine" foods but nothing seems to work. I just want a normal life and I'll be starting grad school soon - this should be the least of my worries.

Trying to avoid medication if at all possible - especially since I don't have insurance right now. What do I do? Is having recurrences that are this frequent even scientifically possible? Am I washing my face wrong or unknowingly re-infecting myself somehow, like through my pillow? Is there something wrong with my immune system?

Please help, anyone! :cry:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Belle69

Yes, I am CONSTANTLY in outbreak!!!!!! For a year now.Very sick. I`ve tried everything, herbal and whatnot cause I hate drugs, but finally, Ive gone to using valtrex and it has helped me trmendously. I feel like a new woman.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Fairy dust

Hi there

I have had H 28 years and the past few years was having constant obs with no break - very draining.

I am now on daily Acyclovir (for over a year now) and it has more or less completely stopped the out breaks - certainly worth thinking about if you are suffering so badly.

All the best x

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
mimipudel

Hi IGotTheGift and Fairy Dust -- are you both talking about oral herpes, on the mouth and so? I know HSV2 tends to be difficult to control esp. at the beginning but haven't heard many stories like this about HSV1 (I only have that, and on my face only). Also, IGotTheGift - since you're taking Valtrex now, are you still constantly in outbreak as you said, or not anymore? I was on Vatrex for a while but every other day the herpes wanted to still pop up on my lips, the tingling and stinigng was almost always there! So I am not on it anymore since it's such a strong drug and I felt bad about taking so much of it -- and now take some immunity-boost pill (the tingling is still there). I put a lot of oil of oregano on my lips just to make sure the tingling won't turn into blisters, even though I can still see little blisters from time to time. It is like this everyday. I don't know what else to do :( HELP!!! :(

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

Advertisement

Try a Lysine supplement for cold sores

×