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I found out I have hsv2 about 3 weeks ago. I had no clue what it could be. I think in the back of my mind I knew. But I thought I had cut myself shaving or I had a pimple on the outside lips of my vagina.

Since I'm recovering from my first ob and wasn't paying attention to the signs, what does the next outbreak feel like? Can I get one right after another clears up? or is this the same one? I have tenderness and somewhat of a pimple like on the outside lips of my vagina, just one side. No flu like symptoms, no other blister like sores. Just tenderness, itchy, bump on the lip. Another outbreak or same one? How long do they usually last? I still feel so clueless about this disease even after reading so much.

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There's a wealth of info on this site, and also in the posts. I suggest you read it and learn all you can about the condition. It's going to be with you for a very long time, and the more you know, the easier it will be for you to deal with. Knowledge is your friend.

It is possible for the first ob to last a few weeks. It's usually the longest and the worst ob you'll have. It's also possible to get them back to back, especially at first, until your body has time to produce antibodies to fight it, so it's hard to say whether it's the first or the second. If your symptoms cleared up completely and then reappeared, it's probably your second. If they've been continuous, probably still the first. Not everyone gets flu-like on set symptoms. I never have.

You might consider taking a supplement (Lysine is a popular one) to help your immune system along, even if you're taking a prescription suppressive like Valtrex. From now on, your immune system is going to be your best ally in fighting off ob's, so be good to it. Eat well, get enough rest, and try to avoid excessive stress. In other words, take care of yourself.

I'm glad you found your way here, and I hope you take advantage of the knowledge and experiences of others who have been where you are now. It's hard, I know, but it gets easier. Promise. ;)

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Thanks! I have learned a lot from this site but haven't really read anywhere if what I have could be the ending of my 1st ob or the beginning of my 2nd. I've kept my stress level down. I'm also taking lysine. Thanks for the advice! I appreciate it!

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