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Hello - I have many questions and I welcome the advice of those with experience with HSV-1. I've had cold sores periodically for years, but was married all that time and didn't worry much about it - mostly due to ignorance. Now I'm single and involved with a man who has never had outbreaks although he did recently test positive for HSV-1.

My outbreaks used to be at most once a year. Now I've had 3 in about 4 months and the outbreaks are more severe. I just got a prescription for Valtrex to take at the first sign of an outbreak - which was yesterday. I can see and feel the sores, but they have not turned into blisters yet. Have any of you had luck with Valtrex on an "as needed" basis as opposed to daily use?

If the blisters haven't formed yet, can I still transmit to my boyfriend through kissing or oral sex?

Have many of you had experience spreading HSV-1 from a cold sore to genitals? Is that quite common?

My big question is why so many outbreaks now? My life is much less stressful than in years past and I take very good care of myself by eating well and exercising. I'm 49 - could it be changing hormones? Are there foods to avoid?

Anyone have experience with Coraphor? Or any other non-prescription treatments. I'm concerned about Valtrex side-effects, but don't know if that is a valid concern or not. My doctor said many of her patients take Valtrex daily with no side effects.

I look forward to hearing back from you - and appreciate any advice. I hope to return the favor and help others as I learn more.

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you CAN transmit hsv1 and or 2 from mouth to genitals and genitals to mouth... i do not know why you are suddenly suffering more... i'm sorry. i have tried coraphor and it worked but it did NOT eliminate outbreaks. it made my blister disapear over night though. i think its worth the money and you need to follow ALL the instructions for it to work correctly. i think thats why some people get dissapointed by it because they dont follow the instructions correctly. i took into consideration everything the little pamphlet said. i've actually written about coraphor all over this forum. anyways, i'd recommend lysine supplements and hydrogen peroxide on the sores. just splash the hydrogen peroxide on the sore and let it air dry. do this alteast twice a day during outbreaks and a couple times a week when there is no outbreak to avoid recurrance. boosting your immune system always helps - good luck, hope this helps :-)

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Thank you bledflower for your advice. I do believe improving my immune system has to be my top priority. I delveloped an auto-immune disease last year (linear scleroderma), and now with the increased HSV outbreaks, I'm realizing I need to work on boosting my body's ability to fight.

It just baffles me because I take such good care of myself. I jog/walk for about an hour nearly every day, take supplements including lysine, and eat healthy. I'm in a wonderful realtionship, love my job, etc. So I don't think it's stress that is hurting me. I've always had a low white blood count but since it's consistently low, the doctor's have said it's normal for me. Who knows what's going on.

If anyone has any suggestions on boosting the immune system, I would love to hear from you.

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I have used zicam to boost my immune system in the past and it works really well for colds. I'm using it right now because I think I may have contracted herpes. You have to use it as directed for it to work (at least for colds). I began using it when I found out about boosting the immune system to combat herpes. It's basically a rapid delivery of zinc which is known to boost the immune system and I've seen zinc recommended for herpes.

I've also heard good things about red marine algae. I'm planning on trying it.

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