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Hello again,

I would like to hear from others who have been fighting this disease for a long time, as I have. I am struggling with this for over fifteen years now, but have never taken medication such as Valtrex, Zovirax, or Acyclovir, etc.

Please relate your experiences with meds and the outcomes from such. Thank you so much!!

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i have only had one outbreak but my dr put me on valtrex, 500mg 2x per day for 10 days. i started taking it on day 3 of my outbreak and the lesions were showing great improvement by the next. by day 5 they didn't hurt anymore.

of course, i took oatmeal/epsom salt baths to relieve the itching associated with the skin healing.

didn't notice an bad side effects.

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Valtrex did not work for me at all and it was so strong and potent that it made me nauseous and sick all the time. I felt out of it and could not function while on it. For me, it was worse than the symptoms of the HSV2 and as I continued to try and take it I would vomit and had to stop it all together. Antivirals are very harsh on the body, especially the stomach....I also wonder their long term effects....scary. It may work for some...or some may think it is working when in fact their bodies may have coped just the same without the med or possibly the placebo effect....it all depends on the individual. I have also tried dmso cream and it did not work,....seemed to at first but gave me severe skin irritations and was similar over time to a chemical burn....dont reccomend it. Also, they did not give me my money back as they said they would. That was recommened from the book never an outbreak...maybe it works for some...who knows? i didnt have a good experience. I also tried the back to nature oils for it.....they seemed to work somewhat but the bottles are very small and they are expensive and after time they did not work well enough to keep using. They however, honored their promise and refunded me the money after I sent back the empty bottles. If you try anything that works, or anyone reading this has please post your experiences...good or bad with various treatments or natural remedies if you are willing to share.

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Thank you Box of Rain! I have read a lot of your posts, and feel you are knowledgeable , kind and intelligent! You definitely are an asset to this forum!!

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I think I've had this for about 10 years but didn't get a confirmation until January. I've been using the Acyclovir and even though it initially made me very ill after about 5 days I started to see results. The side effects have also quieted down. I think I lost 5# cause it took away my appetite.

I emailed my dr to see if I can safely go to a new dose. He's had me on a 10 day regime of 400 mg. x 3 daily. I finished the first 10 days and went ahead and renewed for another 10 days while I wait to hear back from him.

For those 10 years I always had this annoying tingling and in my sleep I'd scratch till there was blood. I'd wake up with quite a mess. The o/b's I had were agony (2 of them) the miracle to me is that with the Acyclovir that tingling and itching is dying down. I know that nuts, chocolate and legumes set me into the itchies so now I'm cutting them out completely. I'll miss the chocolate.

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Yeah if I get this under control better with the meds I'm gonna do some trial runs with the chocolate and see if I can get by with a nibble here and there.

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