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Hi I am newly diagnosed and I am trying to educate myself as much as I can. Im expierencing my first outbrrak and its been three weeks already, I am taking valtrex daily for suppression therapy. I have a couple questions that I hope someone can help me with,

Would epsom salt bath be worht trying during an outbreak?

Is rubbing alchol ok to use on the skin where there is a rash?

Will shaving down there make the outbreak spread?

Is bad to use tampons during an outbreak?

How long should I wait until I have sex after I feel better?

Any advice or any suggestions would be great I feel like I have a ton more questions I just can't think of them right now lol. Thank you so much for taking the time to read!

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Hi, welcome to the 'club'.

I hear many women swear by epsom salt baths to alleviate pain.

Look into taking lysine and kelp. Those have been proven to help prevent outbreaks and are over the counter.

Also, there is a product you can buy at CVS or Rite Aid that claims to shorten outbreaks considerably. It is $30.

Come to the Chat Room, there you will meet many nice fellow Herpsters who can offer you their support.

Good luck!


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I'm presently experiencing my second outbreak. The ONLY home remedy I've tried so far (though I haven't tried them all) that works is Epsom salt, it's also one of the cheaper ones. I don't have health coverage or much money so I can't afford much more than that. Personally, I wouldn't dream of putting rubbing alcohol 'down there' even if I weren't having an outbreak, but during an outbreak, you'd better believe I wouldn't put that anywhere NEAR a lesion or herpes related rash. I'd probably scream in pain. I even tried baking soda to relieve itching, while it did that it also caused me SERIOUS pain. Personally, I wouldn't recommend a tampon, though this isn't based on research, I could imagine it could help spread the virus to parts that aren't already affected. IE, if the lesions are on the labia, you could end up with lesions inside the vagina or visa-versa. Also, I'd just imagine that it would hurt to insert and wear one. I would also imagine that shaving during an outbreak would not only be painful, but easily spread the virus. As for the sex, a dr. told me that once the lesions have dried up and scabbed over that they aren't really contagious, but please, don't take my word for it. Ask a dr., google it, find more information.

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