Sorry for the late update. It's been over 10 months now and I have still not developed a single cold sore !
I still have been applying my docosanol lip balm multiple times daily and have full faith in it.
I made it through the whole summer without one breakout. Including being out in the sun a lot and even going to tanning salons, which used to be my cold sore nemesis... The summer used to be the worst season for me, but I fear it no more.
And, there are no adverse effects, that I can tell, at all from using it like crazy. (and I mean I apply it like a LUNATIC!)
I only wish it had a slight bit of SPF in it, but since I made it through the WHOLE SUMMER, I guess it's not needed, but it couldn't hurt.
I hope I'm not jinxing myself with bragging about this long streak of cold sore freedom... knocking on wood..
It's just such a relief that I'm beating this beast !!!
I'll keep everyone posted.
I looked up the drops you recommended, on the ingredients list it says it contains: Herpes simplex I 12X‚ Herpes simplex II 12X‚ Herpes zoster 12X..
I refrained from buying any because I wasn't sure what it meant by that. Is it like a small dose of herpes as an inoculation? I can't imagine that they would really put herpes 1 & 2 in their formula. If not, why would they list it like that...?
Sorry, if I'm missing something, or sounding ignorant, I did read good stuff online about it too, but my current method has been working like a miracle.
Well man, that isn't really fair to the people you have sex with. You're not giving them a choice. And GH1 may not seem bad to you, but it can be much worse for others, especially women. And if you had cold sores, why are you even considering your doctor's answers? You know you have it.. You're lying to yourself and to the innocent people you take to bed with you. Not cool. Seems like you're ignoring the facts just so you can continue the pleasures of your sex life. You need to discipline yourself and resist the temptations. Be honest and ask yourself...if you were the other person involved, wouldn't you want them to tell you? If you say no, you're lying. Of course you would want to know. Do the right thing.
The scary thing for me is that I was exposed 4 years ago, and just learned about it now after these series of "yeast infections". So I feel like my symptoms must be ramping up and not down, as I felt relatively normal for years.
I take Valtrex also 1000 mg. As I said I was diagnosed with Candida Galbrata. I had to take itraconazole and cream called nystatin I think. I was just back and she took a culture. I'm waiting to hear if its gone.
Do you have vaginal discharge with your itching? I thought I had a bad yeast infection when I was first diagnosed. I took both the oral and monistat cream. The cream made the inside of my vagina burn loke crazy. I came to the belief that it wasn't yeast but a symptom of the H. The vaginal cortisone cream works really well for my itching and burning symptoms. Vagisil makes one too but get the cream for sensitive skin. I tested positive for HSV 2 back in early August. I had two weeks of pure hell with the same time symptoms you're talking about. They seemed to go away during my period but have started up some again. Not as bad. I take Valtrex daily. 500 mgs a day. I was on 500 mgs twice a day for 10 days and it did help. I agree what most say that the first year is going to be rough. Our body has been exposed toa virus and the way it reacts is probably different for everyone. Hang in there. You'll get some relief.
Only remember cold sores after the genital thing so possible same time. Weird that something showed up on the thigh though. Currently Im just having sex with condoms and if it comes to it I will say docs told me I was negative for everything. GH1 really isnt that bad, but our symptoms are presenting strangely and we arent producing ABs (or the tests just suck). Testing for the autoantibodies for thyroid. I am waiting 3 mos to test and again and then perhaps go on thyroid homrone.
I just left my doctors and found another before she told me I will work with you and your symptoms. She did and she understands that i'm going through and lot but she takes my symptoms seriously. I don't waste my time anymore with doctors who just think i'm nuts.