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Why do some people get outbreaks all the time and others hardly ever?

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justanother

I've had GH since '97 and had one really bad outbreak initially and maybe remember a few after that the first year. I haven't had a outbreak in probably over 7 years that I am aware of. Most of the time it's like I don't have it unless reminded by some casual GH comment or starting a new relationship.

Is anyone else like me and has had it for years without an OB?

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OhmyGosh

Well i haven't had it for years but I was diagnosed in Jan with GHSV1 and have only have the initial outbreak At the end of Dec. I hope i'm like you or that I never have another one. that one was enough it really sucked and was sooooo painful.

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marriedwchildren

justanother,

I too have ghsv1 and I was diagnosed new year Eve 2007, I have not had another outbreak since then and i hope if I do it is many years from now if never!;). The initial one was pretty painful. I think that it depends on the type you have and the individual immune system. I have read that people can go many many years without an outbreak and then all of a sudden they start to get many, and then it calms down again. So it would not be uncommon for that to happen. Take care.:p

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WoWa

On and off

I've had herpes since 87 (I'm old) and the first year I had an OB every month. For several years after it was 2-4 times a year. Then I went for one 7 year stretch with what I thought was none.

But then I started getting what I thought were mild hemorrhoids, turns out they were outbreaks in a different form. I started taking Valtrex about a year and a half ago and guess what...my "hemorrhoids" suddenly went away. So they really never did stop. On the Valtrex I had none until recently when 1 snuck through.

I think there are a lot of things that make some people more susceptible to outbreaks. Stress levels, over all health, exercise and the big one is I think if you're generally happy. Attitude can make such a difference with heath issues. I know when I'm down my immune system goes down too.

In my case I also think it's a sensitivity to this family of virus. I seem to be a magnet for it. As most I had chicken pox as a kid, but then I had mono and also shingles (which comes back from time to time). They are all the same family. Those little b#%^#@&s just seem to love me.

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justanother

I hope they don't start back up, that would suck. I do know that since it has been on my mind lately I feel itchy down there and then I start to wonder is that an OB or is my mind just messing with me.

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chay5

I have had mild OBs (usually 1 sore ) for the past 7-8 years and basically every month. And also other symptoms, like some kind of inflammation, burning, whatever always going on down there. In the beginning I was taking Acyclovir for some time, but then a doctor told me that I have no need to poison myself with any anti-viral meds because I do not experience any significant discomfort or pain during my OBs.

I have been reading about other people's HSV symptoms and I have also wondered how come that for some it's so painful and for others it's hardly noticeable. Perhaps there are different strains/types of this virus? They say that immunity is a factor, too, however - I don't know - sometimes young healthy people get painful outbreaks - you would think their immunity should be very good. I think there is much more to this virus than what we know at this moment.

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skydreams

How often you OB is based purely on antibodies and stress put upon the nervous system. Some people are hard to upset, the same way that some people are healthier than others and take care of themselves better.

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shy_girl

I've had it for several years now and actually went many years without ever having an outbreak. Now I do get them from time to time but they are very mild and actually the equivalent of having a small "cold sore" near but not directly on my genitals. I don't take antivirals. I just keep the area very clean and use tea tree oil to treat it. In fact, if I am aware of the symptoms ahead of time I can usually stop an outbreak all together by applying tea tree oil to the area. I always get it in the same place and it only lasts for a few days. The cost of Valtrex is too expensive for the infrequency of my OBs and I don't like prescription drugs due to the side effects. I think it just depends on the person. It might have something to do with how long a person has had the virus and how healthy their immune system is but not necessarily. As for myself, I almost never get colds or flus and I eat very healthy. Probably the former is directly related to the latter. So, I think I have my immune system to thank for the infrequency and mildness of my OBs.

However, one thing I have noticed is that if I start to think about it too much or worry about it, I end up getting an outbreak. Easier said than done but in the past I have worried too much but the more educated I've become on the matter the less anxiety I feel and that helps.

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shy_girl

In my case I also think it's a sensitivity to this family of virus. I seem to be a magnet for it. As most I had chicken pox as a kid, but then I had mono and also shingles (which comes back from time to time). They are all the same family. Those little b#%^#@&s just seem to love me.

Hi, I just wanted to respond because I recently learned that all those things you mentioned are different strains of the Herpes virus. I recently began working in the medical field (not as a doctor or a nurse, hence my ignorance) and I've learned that many elderly people develop Herpes Zoster (aka shingles) I researched this and learned that anyone who has had Chicken pox can develop shingles at some point in their lives as this has something to do with the Varicella (chicken pox) virus which most humans have had at some point. I might be wrong but I just found that interesting because I never knew that. I thought once you had chicken pox and it cleared up that was it but I guess it's like Herpes in the sense that it lies dormant and can reoccur in the form of shingles.

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Civet

Lucky

I've known that I've had GHSV-1 since christmas, and it seems like I've had one long horrible outbreak the entire time. there have sometimes been a few weeks in between and sometimes days. I'm even on thedaily suppressents.

You say that stress is a major cause, well having them causes me stress, which causes them. I wish i knew a way to stop them. Oh well. But Beleive me, your lucky to not hjave this problem.

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jodee30

im responding , i have so many out breaks and i have 2 forms of of herpes, i seem to have alot of out breaks, i tried meds due to the fact the stress factor but at this point no idea....

but , its interesting reading what others go thru and some people experience different things when they have their out breaks.

thank you reading my post...

everyone have blessed day

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Movingslowly

I have continous outbreaks. I eat healthy, go to the gym when im not in pain from this shit, and overall stay busy. Take suppressive therapy meds and im working on my second drug regimen because this virus is being relentless. What a horrible life......ugh!

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DJ5

I believe that the circumstances when you first become infected with herpes determines how bad of a case you will have because this is the point when the virus establishes it's permanent pool of virus infected cell in your ganglia. Ie. if your immune system started fighting the virus right away and got it in check fairly quickly, your virus pool would be small. If you got on treatment right away, ie. Famvir, it would prevent the virus pool from being very large. But if you had a depressed immune system for some reason, ie. not sleeping, getting drunk a lot, not eating well, etc.. then the virus would make a very large pool. The infected cells in the ganglia send out virus particles during an outbreak and the more infected cells you have, the more virus particles that will get sent out, and the worse the outbrek and harder for the immune system to handle.... It sux if you got a big pool of virus, you are kind of stuck with it. But even then, things do get better over the years, it's thought that the virus infected cells can only send out a finite number of virus particles because it uses up some of the outer coat each time it sends them out, which may explain why outbreaks become less and less.

These are not fact by any means and just my theories after reading different studies etc..

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