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Hey everyone, I was young and dumb and ended up with herpes. I get outbreaks all over around my mouth and they never seem to stop. I get new outbreaks at a minimum of once a week. I don not have health insurance and am unsure of what type I have but very sure I have hsv. I have tried many remidies such as 800mg of acyclovir two times daily, I also have a topical ointment Novitra. the scars of my outbreaks last for months and it is extremely embarrasing to go anywhere. I just want to hide in my room.

If anyone has helpful advice It would be greatly appreciated. I need to find a remedy that works so I can get back to my normal life.

I have also recently quit smoking weed for a week and it seems that my outbreaks have dramatically increased. Which I thought would have an opposite affect. But at the same time I increased my dosage of acylovir to 1600mg a day

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Abreva works very well for oral outbreaks. But also if your outbreaks are that frequent you might try just changing to a very healthy lifestyle and become a health and exercise nut for awhile, and if it makes a difference, then stay a health nut, which will help prevent all sorts of medical issues.

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I second what Honest said! Although I don't have oral h the same rule applies to both areas. Try your best to rest and eat well and get plenty of exercise. Hopefully you'll notice a change..and your body will surely thank you! Also, have you tired Valtrex? I see you take Acyclovir, maybe a switch might do the trick in combination with your new healthy lifestyle? Good luck!

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Have you been diagnosed? If not, how did you get the prescription acyclovir? You say you are not sure which type you have but very sure it's HSV, so I was just wondering how you were diagnosed.

I understand what you are going through. I get horrible outbreaks on my face and I too have been struggling with this for over a year. I get them all over my face. At times i think im spreading them myself thru face washing. I have never taken any meds or used any creams as i haven't gone to a doctor about this yet. Long story short - I have a fear of doctors.

Although i can't offer you any advice really, I can tell you that you are not alone in this and how you feel. I don't ever feel like going out. I have acne scars as well as herpes scars/redness. Im a female so I wear makeup to cover it. Not sure of your gender, but if you are a male obviously this is likely not an option for you.

Im currently at a loss and don't know what to do. I know i need to get on medication for this.

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Blue eyes, I understand your phobia about going to the dr, but do you think it would keep you from going to see a dermatologist? To me, that would seem much less traumatic. Aside from getting the diagnosis that you seek, they may also be able to counsel you on ways to care for your skin to help control your obs.

Give it some thought, okay? Maybe ask a good friend to go with you for moral support. At least it would be a step in the right direction.

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    • WilsoInAus
      Hi there @ScubaSteeve and welcome to the website. If you have had genital HSV for 10 years there is a chance the testing did not distinguish type. The answers to the following questions will help a bit: - where are your outbreaks specifically and what frequency? - have you had any IgG antibody testing for HSV?
    • CHT
      Hi LLS.... I'm very sorry you are having so much discomfort from this outbreak.... the first outbreaks are always the most troublesome but  they will get less aggressive as time passes.  I personally find that valacyclovir is much more effective than just acyclovir so you may want to ask your doctor about switching and seeing if that helps.  Ask your doctor on Saturday if you really need to take a higher dose.... and as WilsoInAus suggested, I would ask for a 1,000 mg tablets with at least a 90 day supply to start.  As for pain, you may want to ask your doctor for a Rx of Zovirax ointment.... it contains acyclovir and the ointment form calms the sores down and reduces friction.... it should lessen the pain down there. As for diet, many people, myself included, learn what foods often act as triggers for outbreaks.  I can tell you from experience that the following are big outbreak triggers for me:   1. Too much caffeine (I've basically stopped coffee and have learned to enjoy a variety of decaf teas) 2. Any kind of nuts - including corn and even popcorn 3. Chocolate 4. Too much alcohol - particularly red wines  5. If possible, avoid any kind of steroids/immunosuppressants like prednisone in high doses.... anything that suppresses your immune system will give the virus free rein to run amuck - I learned this the hard way! 6, Stress.... although easier said than done, it will help with your overall health.  Studies show that stress is a common HSV outbreak trigger.... try to find a way to lower your stress levels. 7. lack of sleep.... personally, if I get less than 6  hours of sleep this often leads to an outbreak within a day or two.... work at getting a good 7-8 hours of solid sleep each night (I often use melatonin to help here). Some people find certain vitamins that boost the immune system, like zinc, help with overall healing and can lessen the severity of outbreaks and possibly prevent some outbreaks.  I personally take a number of antiviral/anti-inflammatory/anti-oxidant herbs/vitamins not so much for my HSV2 but for overall health (I don't have the healthiest of diets so, I feel I need to supplement to offset my lousy diet).  A google search of supplements that help with herpes will provide you with a long list of vitamins/herbs that may be of benefit but, try not to get carried away - many/most won't make much, if any, difference.... but, you can always experiment. As WilsoInAus also mentioned, a healthy diet is likely your best option. I should also mention that while some find vitamin C to be helpful, I found it to have the opposite effect.... the more I took the more it seemed to provoke outbreaks.   Things are always the toughest after initial infection.... it's going to get better, trust me.  Stick with the antiviral meds daily, try not to obsess on the fact you've contracted this virus, and try to avoid some of those triggers relating to outbreaks.  With time the number of outbreaks starts to decline and when you do have an outbreak, they will become less virulent. As WilsoInAus mentioned, a lot of your achiness, pain and overall flu-like symptoms are related to the fact your immune system is adjusting to this virus.... these lousy symptoms are just your immune system in action working to do its best to fight this virus... with time these symptoms will also lessen and disappear.   I hope this helps in some way.... please let us know if you have more questions.... and remember, go easy on yourself right now.... turn to those things in your life that calm you and also distract you from obsessing over the virus situation.  You are going to be just fine.... just give yourself some time to get past this initial unpleasant phase.... it will get better, I promise.    
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    • ScubaSteeve
      I was diagnosed with HPV2 ten years ago, which I contracted from an ex-girlfriend who was unaware she had it. Since then, I've lived a reserved life, not really opening up to others. There was only one person I felt interested in enough to share this with, but it didn't work out. There have been a few instances where I've let my guard down, had a night out, and ended up sleeping with someone. I know I should feel guilty about not discussing it beforehand, but I found it challenging because they know my family, and it felt overwhelming at the time, and I had alot of pent up desires from not ever being with someone for a long time.  After finally opening up to someone and realizing it wasn't the end of the world, I now understand that finding the right partner might be a matter of numbers. I desire to have more intimate relationships but need to find better ways to approach this topic and ensure I never spread it.  Thank you all for providing a space where I can be myself.
    • i82much2young
      My swab results won’t be ready for another 5 days. Is there any harm is continuing the Valacyclovir? I was prescribed 1gm tablets for 10 days.
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