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I was diagnosed with HSV-1 genitally in July 2007, I am confused about what is or is not an outbreak. My first outbreak was textbook - began with tingling, tenderness in the groin area, then burning urination, then sores, then scabs, then valtrex cleared it up.

Now, I don't know if I've had any outbreaks because the symptoms are different. I get paper cut-like lesions all over, either in the folds of my labia or near the perineum. I had my doc swab one of them once, it came back negative but I think it might be because there's not enough fluid to test. She gave me a prescription for some kind of steroid cream and it actually helped clear it up in about 2 days. I get them quite often though. As soon as they clear up they come right back. I've been using Bactine and it seems to work. It kills off the bacteria and cools the area.

I was just wondering if anyone has similar symptoms to this and whether or not it is an OB. My doc doesn't seem to be much help.

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Steroid Creams... big no-no with herpes!

Hi outrageous07,

She gave me a prescription for some kind of steroid cream and it actually helped clear it up in about 2 days. I get them quite often though. As soon as they clear up they come right back.

If the condition is herpes, steroid creams are contra-indicative (although they appear to work in the beginning they can actually make the outbreak thrive and become worse).

More information: http://www.herpes-coldsores.com/herpes_treatments.htm

It may be worth your while to get a blood test also.


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I have ghsv1 and I was diagnosed in early August of this year. My first OB was just like yours. I've also had a few times where I get one little paper cut in the same place as the first and worst herpes sore that I got. I just put some peroxide on it every time I use the bathroom and it's gone in a couple of days. The only time I ever had an uncomfortable OB with swelling and more than one paper cut is when I drank tons of coffee four days in a row. I hope after a few years I can have coffee again, but for now I've switched to green tea. Good luck, they say type 1 isn't as bad "down there".

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