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I don't know anyone personally with herpes so I'd like some input. 

I went to the Dr earlier this week with what I thought was a UTI (I've never had one before), very painful while urinating, and still feel like I had to go even when I was done. Dr prescribed me keflex. Two days on that and not getting better at all. And had a couple bumps show up as well. 

I go back Thursday morning,give another urine sample, Dr said that looked horrendous compared to Tuesdays sample in regards to white blood cells. He takes a look, takes swabs inside and out and also said he was concerned because of the bumps (lesions as he called then), there were only 3 at that time. 

Testing for other bacterial infections and herpes virus. I won't know the results until Monday when I go for my follow up appt. 

He put me on azithromycin (2 pills), levoquin, Azo, and valtrex. Because he wanted to treat everything it could be even if it wasn't. 

But more sores showed up by the end of the day yesterday and a couple more today which is making me believe it is herpes. It is still painful when I urinate. But not as badly. But I still spray water over myself while urinating to help ease what pain there is. 

Does this sound like classic herpes?

How long does it take for valtrex to kick in? I know I didn't start taking it as soon as I could have considering I was having symptoms on Monday. 

Is there anything I can put on the sores to ease the pain from those?

I've been loading up on ibuprofen and using vagisil every now and then. And ice packs when I can. 

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I am so distraught about this. 

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Hey @Marebear there are still quite a few things on the list of possibilities, bacteria, yeast and viruses. Herpes is one such possibility.

Swabbing active problems like this is exactly the way to go and you’ll have clarity before long. Hard to whittle down to a most likely candidate.

Herpes does require a source in the week leading into the first sore appearing. What sexual activity did you have in this week before sores?


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Hey @Marebear this is quite an anonymous forum and a fairly highly sexually mature one.

What we are looking for are factors such as:

new, recent partners 

unprotected sex 

oral and/or vaginal sex 

This all goes to whether the exposure exists, of high or low risk and what types the herpes might be if transmission occurred.

Based on what you have put forward, I suggest herpes is on the list and make sure and positive swab is properly typed for 1 or 2 as both seem feasible possibilities.

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Marebear, I read on another post, that they used Vaseline as a barrier between the sores and urine.

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