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Hello comrade sufferers

This is my first post and I’d like to say hello and express my solidarity and support to everyone in this forum.

After very poor medical advice for two weeks being plied with antibiotics, I got a second opinion and I wasn’t that surprised when he said HSV-1 as I’d been privately dreading it despite assurances from the first doctor.

My symptoms were a sore throat, spots inside the mouth behind the lower lip, some slight eye pain and being ridiculously tired and general malaise although I did not have a fever. There have been no cold sores outside the mouth.

I am going to the hospital to hopefully get proper testing. In the meantime, the doctor has written me a prescription for Aciclovir (topical and ocular) and Zovirax. 

He has also recommended taking Enterogermina and Lactobacilus (Spanish spellings) to counteract the negative effects of the antibiotics which seems very sensible.

He suggested that if the hospital couldn’t do the tests straight away, I should start taking the medication anyway..Is that normal or should I wait for a definite diagnosis? Also the initial contact was just over 3 weeks ago now with the symptoms showing after 4-5 days. I have read thatthe medication is not that useful unless given at the beginning of an outbreak.

I haven’t really processed the news yet as I am focusing on just getting better but I’m sure it will hit me at some point.




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Why didn’t this doctor take a swab? This doesn’t sound much like herpes. I’d be careful here until you get a confirmed diagnosis.

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He said the hospital has a large sexual health department with all the facilities and they should do it for free if I present my European Health Card. He wrote me a letter to give to them.  I think they are limited as to what they do at the surgery.

I wish I had said no to the antibiotics as they have definitely made me more ill. I think he is right that it’s a virus - herpes or not. I will definitely take the probiotic supplements. Hopefully I can get tested tomorrow and also ask further from the specialists. 

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