M favorite goddess too. True you will need to be careful no matter what type and it's hard to escape the H. Herpes is a very common virus and many people don't know they are infected. Sometimes herpes can mistaken for a yeast infection, scratch, red tender area but all of these are signs that herpes could be present. Sometimes, Tylenol, Aleve, or Advil can relieve the pain that you are feeling and reduce swelling.
Also keep in mind the first outbreak is the worst with future outbreaks becoming less frequent and less severe over time. Depending on the strain, you can estimate how severe the outbreak may be. HSV1 prefers the lips or what we call cold sores. However, in the genital tract many people have few if any oubreaks, less pain and less severity. It' is out of it's place of preference. This is vice versa for HSV 2 . it prefers the genital tract but loses it's punch on the mouth. Either way you still need to be careful.
When you know what type you have that can let you know what to expect and many people have HSV-1 (over 60 - 70 percent) so think about how common this is.
Depending on your meds, it depends. I use FAMVIR (1000mg in the morning and 1000mg in the evening for one day ) . This works well for me and I tolerate it pretty well. I also use episodic therapy so I only use it when needed. I also use the Zovirax ointment and for me it's soothing reliefand just helps me tolerate the outbreak.However on some individuals it is ineffective. My thing is attack it with everything I got when it appears and make peace with it when it temporarily destroyed
Valtrex is also an option and it comes in a variety of doses and has been shown to help reduce transmission and viral shedding. I have of couple of friends on Valtrex and they are fine with it.
If you don't mind, what is your dosage level of pill.? Are you taking 250, 500 or 1000 and how many days? Sometimes your doctor may try a lower dose to see how you tolerate it. If you are just on Zovirax cream, then ask if your doctor could prescribe Famvir,acyclovir or Valtrex. Famvir and Valtrex are newer. Give it some times and it take 2-4 weeks for your body to respond to the new medication and you body has to build up antibodies to fight the virus.Try not to get frustrated. Now here's a down home trick from my mom. EPSOM SALT BATH. ALL I CAN SAY IS WHOO-HOOO!!!!!!
I thought this would burn but it didn't. It helps to ease the soreness of a blister and it is quite relaxing. Just make sure you soap up before you get in the tub or you can't make soap suds in the bathtub
It has changed my life but only for the better. I know that sounds strange and I contracted it from the only guy I was with sexually. All it takes is one time. I have HSV1 and not 2 however, I am more aware of my triggers and I can usually tell when it's coming. I don't stress out about it because stress can bring on an outbreak and I also exercise and practice a healthy diet with yogurt (yummy) plus it's a good immune booster.Plenty of rest and relaxation and my motto is no matter what remember it wasn't your fault and you are a DIVA regardless. Herpes doesn't make you it is only a small part of you.
No don't get me wrong when I first found out I was shocked but it will get better over time. I still date and my new BF is totally supportive. We just got really educated on herpes and things to do to suppress and ease outbreaks. Mine are pretty mild but regardless an OB is an OB. I used a condom but that still wasn't enough to stop the transmission. (DARN YOU ORAL SEX LOL ). The guy that gave me the "Gift" still afriend so I also learned how to forgive and I even helped him get started on meds and a healthy diet . How ironic LOL.
I hope this helps and don't be afraid. Things will get better
PS- Keep taking the medication you are on but if you want to find out about others:www.famvir.comwww.valtrex.com
Here there is information and Valtrex is running a special rebate on prescriptions. We are here to help and support you. So now that you know all my biz, you are not alone. You have over 900 friends on the boards to talk to.