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I'm having my first outbreak of HSV-2, finally diagnosed after 10 days. I started Valtrex (now on day 7), and the sores cleared up relatively quickly. But now I am ithcing like MAD and going crazy! I couldn't sleep last night. I thought after the sores were gone the outbreak would be over. How much longer do I have to go?! Anyone? Is there anything I can put on my vulva or take orally that will help the itching?! Help!!


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  • 3 weeks later...

Sorry this reply is late...

When the sores are drying up and going away. Instead of scratching them you may want to try putting a cool washcloth on the area. Just try to make sure you keep it clean.

I wish I knew of a cream or something that would help but I don't.

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I am so sorry to hear that you are itching badly. I had bad itching also and I would put a cool towel (clean) and ice on my genital area. It helped relieve the itching and pain for the most part. I do not know of a cream, but if anyone who reads this does know of a treatment that will help, please let all of us know for future reference. It would be truly, truly, truly appreciated!:)

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  • 11 months later...

I have a small area of HSV-I on my perianal area; the itching is by FAR the worst part! I've just had an outbreak - stress from law school finals - and today the itching was so bad I called the pharmacist to ask if anything would help. I took 2 Benadryl a few hours ago, and I did feel better, but I think they are wearing off...

I will deifnitely look into the acyclovir cream. I take oral acyclovir 3x/day for 5 days when I have outbreaks, but the first 24-48 hours are HORRIBLY ITCHY - I can't wait for this to pass (as it always does...I have to keep reminding myself.)

Hang in there...

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Try taking a bath with Aveeno Active Naturals. It is a powder made from colloidal oatmeal and designed for severe itching from stuff like poison oak. It is very soothing.

It is sold at the drug store and comes in a box with about 8-10 packets. You tear open the packet and let it mix with the warm water and just sit and enjoy.

Aveeno makes many products designed for sensitive skin. They also have an anti-itch cream that contains calamine lotion and pramoxine.

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