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Hi I've been on suppressive medication for over 18 months now and have had the odd tingle however today I had woke up to find I've had an outbreak, how long will the outbreak take to clear up? I'm hoping it won't be long as I'm on the aciclovir! 

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That is a very tough question to answer because everyone fights this virus differently.  You can be assured that it won't last as long as the first outbreak you had.  Did your doctor advise you to increase your acyclovir dosage during an outbreak?  Are you taking anything else?  You will read on this website many things that people take to help prevent and shorten outbreaks.

Good luck!


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I have increased my dose of aciclovir to 3 times a day and increased my lysine to 3000mg and I also being applied warm salt water to the area and then used aloe Vera gel after.

I daily routine is

400mg twice a day aciclovir 

1000mg vitamin c 

2500 mcg vitamin b12

50mg zinc

5000ui vitamin d3

1000 mg lysine 

I've been outbreak sInce starting the suppressive medication and nnow I'm just disappointed to have an outbreak and of course worried the aciclovir may not be working! !

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Taking antivirals can't ensure you will be totally outbreak free.  They do help prevent outbreaks, but there are so many other factors which they cannot control, like your diet and stress levels.  

Don't give up on taking them.


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I was just hoping I would be outbreak free I guess, I have been more stressed recently and putting in long hours at work so I guess that could be the reason, I'm still going to keep taking the antivirals as I believe at the moment it's the best way to suppress the virus 

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Paul, are you outbreaks severe?  Are you intimate with someone who does not have this virus?  Those are really the two main reasons to take daily antivirals.  Although if an outbreak does cause you anxiety and mental distress that could be another reason to take them as well.  

Why not let your body get accustomed to fighting this virus on its own?  That is what I did and eventually my outbreaks stopped.  I haven't had an outbreak in years.  However, if I was dating someone, I definitely took them to make sure I did not pass this along.

Just a thought.


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Hey my outbreaks just became alot more frequent after a year of having the virus, my partner doesn't have the virus so I decided to give the suppressive meds a shot and to be honest I've had no issues for over 18 months until now. 

I like the idea of letting my body fight it on its own but I can't risk spreading this dam thing!

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