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johnsk19
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Feb-14-10, 11:43 PM (CST)
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"I just got diagnosed with HSV1"
 
   I just found out a week ago that I have Herpes type one. I went to the doctor and she said I was one of the worst that she has seen. She put me on acyclovir 400MG three times a day. I started noticing a difference and a improvment, all the soars are basicly gone and the redness is gone.
Now I am icthing like crazy down there and its starting to look red again. It's really sensitive to touch down there too. Am i getting another outbreak or is it just a continuing one from the first one. I know type one doesnt reccour that often. I;m just scared because my outbreak last time was really bad! If you can help me at all that would be great. I am going to call my doctor tomorrow to see what she thinks as well.


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Lenoreadmin
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Feb-15-10, 08:05 AM (CST)
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1. "RE: I just got diagnosed with HSV1"
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   A primary outbreak can last for 3 weeks and it's pretty common to have some sores healing while you are getting new sores. Itching can be a part of the healing process also.

The good news is that this is as bad as it's going to get and HSV1 has infrequent recurrences for most people.

Were you diagnosed with a culture or a blood test?

Having a bad first outbreak doesn't mean that you're going to have frequent or severe outbreaks, but it does take your body a little time to get a handle on things.


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johnsk19
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Feb-15-10, 10:59 AM (CST)
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3. "RE: I just got diagnosed with HSV1"
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   >A primary outbreak can last for 3 weeks and it's pretty
>common to have some sores healing while you are getting new
>sores. Itching can be a part of the healing process also.
>
>The good news is that this is as bad as it's going to get
>and HSV1 has infrequent recurrences for most people.
>
>Were you diagnosed with a culture or a blood test?
>
>Having a bad first outbreak doesn't mean that you're going
>to have frequent or severe outbreaks, but it does take your
>body a little time to get a handle on things.
I was dignosed with a culture of the soars, she scraped a few of them.


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Lenoreadmin
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Feb-15-10, 04:51 PM (CST)
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4. "RE: I just got diagnosed with HSV1"
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   A positive culture is really accurate, so you got a diagnosis with a type right off the bat which is cool. A primary outbreak can be really really uncomfortable and it feels like it's going to last forever, but once your body builds up some antibodies subsequent outbreaks are usually just one sore. You may never get another outbreak. If you do get an outbreak, it's usually one sore that heals within a week.

HSV1 orally is so common that most people already have antibodies from childhood, so it's very very uncommon to pass this on to a partner with genital to genital contact.

Taking some ibuprofen might help. You can take benadryl (available over the counter) at bedtime to help with the itching. It will make you too sleepy to take during the day. An ice bag is going to make things feel a little better too.

I know that you didn't tell us how you got your herpes, but a lot of people don't realize that cold sores are herpes and can be passed on through oral sex. Also, most people with herpes of either type don't realize that they have it.

This is a common virus, we just don't talk about it much.


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Raven00144
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Feb-15-10, 08:08 AM (CST)
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2. "RE: I just got diagnosed with HSV1"
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   How did you find out a week ago? Did you have a sore from an OB swabbed/cultured or did you take a blood test? If by blood then you can post your results here and they will be intrepreted for you. Where is the location of this--oral or you said down there so I would suspect genital? Genital HSVI does not reoccur as often as GHSVII does but in the beginning, your body is still building anitbodies and learning how to deal with this virus so you may have more or back to back OBs. Your first OB is usually the worst because of what was mentioned above. When I have an OB of GHSVII, I take 800 mg (2 400 mg tablets) of acyclovir 3 times a day for two days. I am not sure 400 mg 3 times a day is the normal dose. There is a free handbook on this site that you can download to read. It is full of correct and updated information. Proper doseing for antivirals are mentioned in this book. You ought to take the time to read it.

You can use TTO--Tea Tree Oil on the sores, but it could be too strong for you at first so you will want to soak a cotton ball with a little water along with the tto to dilute it until you feel you can take it full strength. Using a bag of ice or frozen peas to help numb the area works well also. Taking over the counter pain meds like tylenol/advil works well in addition. Going commando also helps the sores to dry out faster and could be more comfortable for you. If women have pain while urinating we suggest that they pour water over themselves while they pee or to pee in a tub of water. I am sure a man can pour water over themselves if they have pain urinating also.

Having an OB can mess up the ph balance in women and I am sure it an do the same with men. There are other things that women and men can get in the genital area that can trigger an OB or make one linger. Getting checked by a doctor is a good thing but you have to make sure they do not overlook anything like yeast (yes, men can get a yeast infection), or a fungal infection along with a HSV OB.

Once you answered about how you were dx'd and the location, the great people here will have more advice to help you.


Raven00144


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starrattadmin
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Feb-15-10, 11:01 PM (CST)
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5. "RE: I just got diagnosed with HSV1"
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Sorry you are having such a rough time.

The others have given you some good advice. I suggest you take the time to read "The Herpes Handbook" available at www.westoverheights.com. It's a great all in one resource and will answer many questions you probably haven't even thought of yet.

Be well,
Lorraine

Hoe eet jy 'n olifant? Bietjie vir bietjie.
(Translation from Afrikaans: How do you eat an elephant? Bit by bit.)


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