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In 1999 (at 30) I had my first outbreak. It was a shocker. My face was a mess. Because I did not know what it was I used chap stick and spread it all over my lips (even just under my nose). That first year I must have had 12 to 15 outbreaks. None that were as bad as the first. After year 1 I usually had 5 to 6 outbreaks per year.

This year however the outbreaks have been real bad. For the first time I have gone back to back to back to back (that is 4 weeks in a row) with outbreaks 3 times over the last year. My doctor put me on suppressive therapy with Valtrex. 6 weeks into the treatment I had 4 outbreaks in 3 weeks! I am going to see an infectious disease person this week.

Like everyone I have spent hundreds of dollars on crap.

  1. Quickclear: Does not work at all...stay far away from this rip off.
  2. Abreva: OK for mitigating the damage.
  3. Vyroxin: Garbage...company does not even reply when contacted.
  4. Releev: Does nothing for me.
  5. PureLip: Expensive...good lip sunblock. Does not prevent HSV from coming out.
  6. Valtrex: Works well at times....just not this time.
  7. LLycine: Take 1000mg a day...still get outbreaks.

Ok everyone...here are some questions.

  • Does H-Balm work?
  • Does anything work to keep the virus dormant?
  • Can I take Valtrex with herbal formulas?
  • What formulas should I be talking?

This has been my toughest battle with the virus over the last 8 years. I am getting my ass kicked and I need to fight back.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

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Can I just say "Diamonds and rust" is my favourite song in the whole world! I adore Joanie.

Regarding meds and their usefulness, I'm in the UK and I haven't heard of half of them. I've been looking at web sites and some of the prices are shocking:sad:

Blisteze is good for soothing lips but doesn't aid healing. Witchhazel, tea tree and perfume all help dry them up but sting like hell! Acylovir cream does similar to blisteze but costs more. I just find them more embarrassing than the pain as try as you may you can't hide them, they even peep out through lipsticks!

So sorry you've suffered like this for 8years, just be grateful you don't have the same thing on your lower parts - I do! - both ends OUCH!:sad:

Love Jules x

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