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what to expect from doctor when seeking herpes treatment

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blue eyes

Ok, so as some of you here know, i have had horrible recurrent outbreaks on my face for over a year now, mainly cheeks and chin, but recently some sores have popped up about half inch under my eyes. Some of you also might know from my other posts that I have not seen a doctor and am not on antivirals. YET.

Im really really going to try to see a doc about this. I have an extreme fear it would seem about going to seek medical attention for this yet I know that i need to.

So I do have a few questions about what to expect, and maybe that will make it easier for me to actually go and get this taken care of.

First, the primary care physician that I did see for another medical reason, thought the bumps on my face were acne. I had makeup on, so she couldn't really see anything other than that they were "bumps". She prescribed me RetinA, but then told me I should see a skin doctor for it.

So my question is...IF and when i go see my doc and tell her that im pretty sure i have herpes sores all over my face....Is she going to culture/blood test me? Or is she just going to tell me to go to a dermatoligist? I'd rather not have to pay her office visit fee if she is not going to help me and just send me to another doctor.

Also i'd really just be more comfortable with dealing with my regular doctor, so what are the chances she'd send me to see some sort of infectious disease specialist. I really don't want to go thru alot of hassle. I just want a damn diagnosis and prescription!!! I want to be in and out of there as quick and painless as possible and then just pop pills to see if it makes this go away.

Another question I have....Is it likely that i have screwed myself over big time by letting this go on for sooo long and not seeking antivirals right away?

Because I've heard that the sooner you reduce the viral load on initial infection the easier it will be to fight off recurrences in the future.

What medication is usually prescribed for frequent outbreaks on the face? (and by frequent I mean I wake up with at least one new sore on my face every single day.)

Would they give me Valtrex even tho that is usually prescribed for genital outbreaks? Or does it depend on the type(hpv1 or hpv2) I have on my face?

If she does prescribe something, how do i fill the script? I'd rather not go in person to the pharmacy every time i need to refill. What are alternative methods?

What is the cheapest but most effective treatment? I do not have health insurance, so can not pay out of pocket for expensive meds. If doc prescribes me something like that all will be for nothing because i won't be able to pay for it.

Next...what if the meds don't work for me? What will the doctor do then?

Thanks in advance to anyone who responds. As you can I really need help. I worry myself into a tizzy and somehow keep convincing myself not to go to the doctor but I really know i need to because it is only a matter of time before this spreads to my eyes and/or brain. With such recurrent symptoms, I know this is not a good scenario at all. I honestly feel im doomed. If it can't get any worse...then going to the doc can only make it better...or so i hope. Thanks again all.

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struggle83

You've got a lot of questions. Go see a doctor and start treatment. Sounds like you might be a good candidate for suppressive therapy. Don't obsess on "what if's" about earlier treatment. Do what you can now.

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silvershoes

Hi blue eyes!

I'm new to this forum. I've read a couple of threads you participated in. Your openness here inspiring. I do hope you reached out, got some live support, and got yourself to the doctor, with or without someone with you. Please let us know how you are doing.

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blue eyes

Some answers, or at least others experiences in regards to my questions would be very nice to see. Please! Knowing what to expect will really help me move forward. Im a strange person in the sense that i NEED to know what to expect or else I fear the unknown ever more so.

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