>I agree with Dave, Valtrex is the ticket especially if you |
>get sever outbreaks or work in a field with a lot of public
>contact. I have used Valtrex many times, and it works great.
>The protocol is to take 2 grams, two times a day for two
>days. I have actually cut that amount in half and been happy
>with the result. Generally, you need to take the Rx with the
>first sign of symptoms (we are all familiar with theses, and
>yes denial does set in sometimes). When you do, you will
>never even see an outbreak. I recently ran out of Valtrez,
>and due to a relocation, my new medical plan actually starts
>tomorrow, and of course I got an outbreak over the weekend.
>I started with Abreva, and the outbreak has progressed. I
>got an herbal supplement to take in addition, and sadly the
>outbreak has gotten worse. I think this is the worst I have
>had in many years. I just got the Releev and started to use
>as well, and I remain optimistic. However, I will see a doc
>in the next couple of days to get more Valtrex. I will post
>again in a day or two, when I see how it works.
So here I am at the end of the week. I started with Abreva for the first day after the outbreak. In hindsight, I may have started about 8-12 hours later than I should have, as the best is to start treatment immediately. After the first day (Sunday), I started to take an oral herbal supplement 3 times a day, as directed. The herbal treatment is called Herplex, and it has a mix of all the herbal remedies recommended for herpes virus. Got this at WalMart for about $9. By Tuesday, I got the Releev to add to the treatment, and proceeded to take the oral 3 times a day, then the Abreva/Releev every hour or so, rotating from one to the other. Did this all Tue/Wed; Thursday I used Abreva only, as I forgot the Releev when I left for work.
Here I am Friday, and six days after the initial onset of symptoms. I have to note, that this was a rather extreme outbreak consisting of one large sore initially, then five smaller ones that appeared a day later. Over the week, the sores healed and have scabbed over. The five smaller sores appear to be a large single scab, and the first on is starting to flake off. The scabs did turn a dark shade of brown, I assume to be from the Releev. I am not sure that the product healed the viral time, but did seem to help it evolve to a soft scab, instead of becoming dry and cracking. I have switched to e-salve, a topical ointment used to help speed healing of wounds (from my derm from another procedure). It appears the virus is gone, and I am just left with a crusty scab. Trying to speed it along without it cracking and bleeding.
Overall, I am not real impressed with Releev. I suppose I may have shaved a day or two from the process, but then again I was also using two other products. So, the results are inconclusive. I am still a big fan of Valtrex, and will get a new Rx very soon. Abreva iis okay, and I have found it often helps to speed things along. However, I would say that if cost is a concern, I think I have spent about $40 on this outbreak, whereas 1-2 days of valtrex would have cost only about $12-15. So for the money and time, I will go back to the Rx. Especially given that I will be virtually outbreak free, assuming I catch it in time.