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Does it always burn this bad????

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My hubby gave me herpes for Christmas, but that is another story for another day!

My first outbreak was horrible! I went to the dr. and got valtrex, and an RX for the pain. I felt like I was on fire down there. The pain pills did not work and the baths only provided little relief. THe pain has been so bad that I have hardly slept. It hurts to sit it hurts to lay down. In fact, I have been in the house for a week and half. I look normal down there now but I still feel like I am on fire. Is there anything else I can do? Does it always burn this bad for this long? How do you function with all the pain? How aqbout the outbrakes, do they get worse or better or does it go up and down?

Any help out there!?!


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Are you taking the Valtrex?

What I've seen suggested is Epson salt baths and aloe vera to cover the area. Also, cut down on sugar, caffeine, and alcohol use. Keep yourself hydrated (2L of water/day).

The first outbreak it the worst, generally, it gets better afterwards and with some effort you can gain control over your symptoms. What you eat plays a big role in this and there is a lot of information on these forums for you.

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