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Constant annoying triggers. Help!?

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Cindy2408

I've been living with HSV-1(genital) for nearly 5 years now but I haven't been able to manage and control my outbreaks. It seems as though every time I shave my skin gets irritated and triggers somewhat of an outbreak (just redness and itching). I've tried waxing and it seemed to help but being a student I can't necessarly afford waxing right now.

I've read that a supplement of vitamins helps boost the immune system and therefore helps manage and even prevent outbreaks but I've only started the vitamins this weekend.

In the mean time, does anyone have any remedies or things they've tried that have helped? Or am I the only woman with this problem? Sometimes I feel so helpless and even alone. I've tried asking doctors for possible solutions but they always suggest Valtrex, and honestly when I take those during outbreaks it makes me so tired and gives me the worst headache of life. I'd rather have something a little more natural. It's getting pretty annoying either shaving and being uncomfortable or letting it go for a little while.

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Ididntaskforthis

I'm not an expert on shaving, but thought I should respond since no one else has. I know how you feel, wanting help and answers. Herpes is not just physical pain, but psychological too. Maybe you should stop shaving for a while, or just maybe not as close? Take comfort in knowing that the longer you have herpes, the fewer outbreaks you have. The only that that has worked for me is, I'm sorry to say, is Valtrex. I haven't had one outbreak since taking it, and I used to get them frequently. I do know however that before taking valtrex, when I eliminated my coffee, sugar, soda, and anything else acidic consumption, I would not have outbreaks at all. I also tried to reduce my stress and eat better. Many have suggested natural alternatives on this board. You've probably read about several since posting this thread back in December. I hope all goes well for you. Blessings.

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justcaz87

Despite being on Valtrex suppression, I still get monthly outbreaks at least.

For me it's hormones, stress and tight clothing/sweat.

Do you take lysine? I try and keep up with lysine, Garlic/Horseradish/Vitamin C and then the Valtrex.

I try to wear clothes as little as possible when i'm at home, with air doing my skin a world of good.

In terms of shaving, I do find if I shave I normally have an outbreak maybe 4-5 days later sometimes sooner..

But normally if i'm shaving, i'm then having sex which can be a trigger.

Do you have sex? If so is it protected. I was having a lot of unprotected sex with an ex boyfriend, and I found that the acid in sperm could also affect me greatly.

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Ididntaskforthis

No I don't take Lysine and no I don't have sex at the moment. I have heard of people having sex however (unprotective) while taking valtrex without outbreaks. You're right, I guess it just depends on hormones, the acidity of the semen, and other factors. I hope it all works out for you.

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Cindy2408

@Justcaz87

I recently started the daily Valtrex and have seen such a huge difference already! I used to be like you, OB's every month and the stress and tight clothing just made it worse, but ever since I started it's been better. Lets be honest, it's really hard being in loose clothes all the time. However, like you I try to go without underwear as much as I can, it helps.

I don't take Lysine yet. I'm looking into it. I know that taking Vitamin C, lysine, Bioflavonoids and a daily all encompassing vitamin all together on a daily basis is good, but I'm going to ask my doctor if there's something better to keep my immune system up. It is the key ingredient to having less OB's, the stronger the immune system the better.

I am having sex on a regular basis but I'm a total paranoid freak when it comes to these things. I always have protected sex because I'm more concerned about getting pregnant than actually transmitting the virus (which isn't much of an issue seeing as though my partner also has the virus).

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justcaz87

I'm so glad things have gotten better for you.

I have been bad with my natural supplements lately but I'm trying I eat better, exercise and cut out the alcohol.

I'm going on a week now without an ob which has even good for me.

The Epsom baths really help me as well. I even saw a post that said to sit with a warm wash cloth soaked in Epsom salts and it helps.

I'll try that next ob.

Herpes is a hard thing to deal with but like you said the stronger we get the better it's gonna be.

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onwards

Hi Cindy, have you tried hair removal cream instead of shaving? If you get one for sensitive skin, it could be less irritating.

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I've been living with HSV-1(genital) for nearly 5 years now but I haven't been able to manage and control my outbreaks. It seems as though every time I shave my skin gets irritated and triggers somewhat of an outbreak (just redness and itching). I've tried waxing and it seemed to help but being a student I can't necessarly afford waxing right now.

I've read that a supplement of vitamins helps boost the immune system and therefore helps manage and even prevent outbreaks but I've only started the vitamins this weekend.

In the mean time, does anyone have any remedies or things they've tried that have helped? Or am I the only woman with this problem? Sometimes I feel so helpless and even alone. I've tried asking doctors for possible solutions but they always suggest Valtrex, and honestly when I take those during outbreaks it makes me so tired and gives me the worst headache of life. I'd rather have something a little more natural. It's getting pretty annoying either shaving and being uncomfortable or letting it go for a little while.

This may be a stupid question, I'm newly diagnosed, but how are you sure they are outbreaks? I have sensitive skin and maybe u do too, maybe your skin just cant tolerate shaving? I get redness and itching pretty much every time I shave for a day or so.

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pollyanna1

I read about alkaline diet and people use carbonat inside warm water and drink it every morning. it make your inside PH balanced. maybe you can try that. do u use any medication for H?

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