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    Hi everyone I’m newly diagnosed with herpes. Im just trying to figure out my triggers and if I’m having a break out or what could possibly be going on down there?? Any advice


    Hi! I just turned forty and also having my first outbreak. I’m not sure how I’ll ever be ok with sex again and my partner of six years and I always enjoyed our intimate time together. (Coconut oil is awesome I agree). Unfortunately we don’t know where it comes from for me. Once my test results come back, assuming it comes back positive then he will also get tested. If he doesn’t have it, then it means it’s been in my system for at least a decade before a first outbreak. I’m struggling with the idea that sex will ever be enjoyable again.


    In reply to: Was I cheated on?


    I’m struggling with how long I might have had it in my system too. Been with my partner for six years and I have zero reason to believe he’d cheat. I was with my baby’s father ten years ago. I wouldn’t be surprised if he cheated in the two years we were together. Five years before him I was with someone for three years who also cheated. So in a period of 19 years I’ve been with three people and I’ve never had an outbreak. I’m really struggling. With whether or not it’s even the right diagnosis as it makes no sense in my mind. Just got blood work today to see about confirmation. I’m sorry no one has responded to you before today.


    Any updates on how long it lasted? I’m having my first outbreak. Started an at home regimen of vitamins and natural antivirals while waiting to see a doctor, I’m at the end of day three with doctor prescribed anti vitals. End of day 8 from my first “pimple” and it’s as swollen as ever, if not more so than it was 2-3 days ago. I’m sleeping everyday for hours, I’m terrified of where I got it. Either from my current partner of six years unknowingly because he’s never had it before or my ex of ten years ago which has me worried that my son has it in his system now. Sorry it’s long. It just seems to be getting worse, not better.


    How long does the initial swelling and blisters last before turning into ulcers and moving on to healing? Everything I look up only shows the first 24-48 hours and says the whole phase can take 2-3 weeks.

    It’s been 7 days since the first blister showed up. The entire vulva side is quite literally twice the size of the other side and it has spread up my buttocks. As of day seven this is the most pain I’ve been in.
    Anything cold increases the pain so that won’t work for the swelling or pain. I’m seriously struggling. The doctor I saw who was an older gentleman falling asleep taking notes was convinced this isn’t my first outbreak because it’s only on the one side but I’m pretty sure I’d remember this kind of excruciating experience in my life. Husband and I are convinced that it’s vulvar shingles but I’m waiting for the swab test results. Advil and Tylenol do nothing for the pain and taking a warm bath makes it barely tolerable mostly because I’m keeping weight off it. How long do I have to suffer like this??


    Since my diagnosis whenever I have sex with my partner I keep getting tears/cuts where the outbreak was. They heal quick but keep happening. Its not immediately on the vaginal opening either its slightly further down. Fully lubricant so its not dur to friction or vaginal dryness. Its as if that skin has become super fragile or thin or something.

    Has anyone else experienced this? Is there any way to prevent this or rebuild the strength of the skinin that area? We have tried waiting 2+ weeks before trying again to give it time to heal but always the same result!!!


    Hi, do you know if you have type1 or type2? Turns out mine is type 1. Ive switched my diet to cut out foods highest in arginine. I also only use the monolaurin and lysine if I feel like im a bit run down or if im unsure whether im experiencing prodrome symptoms. Im coming up to 2 months since my last outbreak and diagnosis. Im keeping my fingers crossed that this will work.

    I also used the amazing greens brand. I got my monolaurin from there because they use no nasties or fillers.
    Keep me updated with how you get on. Sending you lots of love


    Hi, I was diagnosed with genital herpes 5 or 6 years ago during my first outbreak. I had one small sore fairly far into my vaginal opening. I haven’t ever had another outbreak. I get paranoid every time I ever feel anything uncomfortable in that area, but as far as I know, I have never had an outbreak. Lucky, I know. However, I don’t really know what it feels like and if I would recognize the symptoms. Recently, I felt some discomfort in the area and had a look. At first, I was sure it was an outbreak by the way it looked (one small white-ish looking spot. not really a blister though). But it was gone in less than 2 days. Is that possible? Sometimes I have tears especially after sex, so I’m not sure if it was just that or if it was an outbreak.
    any insight?


    Hey so I have had HSV2 for a few years now.. I just wanted to share some of the things I do to help me through it.
    I don’t have health insurance so getting prescription meds is too much of a hassle for me for something like this so I had to research ways I can help myself at home since I’ll have this forever right?
    I only get about 3 outbreaks a year and they are normally in the same locations. And it is usually when I’m over stressing myself!
    So the sooner you notice the outbreak the better because the faster you can treat it to heal it. Let me start by saying I’m nothing close to a doctor just a woman that seemed help on my own. And this works for me may not work for you. My first signs are usually leg pain like in my thigh hip joint on one leg and sometimes a shocking tingly feeling where it wants to pop up at. Sometimes they even pop up without me even realizing until I feel the pain of it which is scary but at least not itchy.
    So when it starts I use organic oregano oil mixed with olive oil to dilute it. Use a lot of olive oil and a little oregano oil. Mix and use a q tip to apply to the areas I feel it or I usually get them. Since I normally get them before or after my period, I sometimes just start using the oil immediately around that time and that prevents them from coming at all. But once it does come when I forget to oil because I’m not perfect lol I still apply the oil to it and I also slice a thin piece of fresh garlic and place on top of that on any bumps. I cover that with a small piece of tissue or gauze so that the virus doesn’t spread to other areas. You should use neosporin or aquaphor around the areas you treated so it doesn’t spread to the other parts of your skin as well. The oil and garlic combo will burn for a few minutes especially the first few times but it’s much bearable after you’ve done it a while. This will burn the skin under it causing it to turn into cuts it’s essentially healing the herpes virus under it faster and your skin does get a bit hurt in the process but the relief you’ll feel and the fast results make it so worth it.
    Also if you feel you are getting them too often like every month you need to change your diet! Try taking some of the supplements on this site or researching others that are good for herpes and change the way you eat. Not to sound like a sales person or nothing but I do the dr sebi diet or as close as I can to it to help heal and clean out my body if I feel they are coming back to back and it helps get it back on track and I get back to eating normal again. Just try avoiding fake and processed foods altogether and very high amounts of sugar too often.
    If you know any other tips please do share with me ! I’ve never tried baking soda but I will definitely give it a try to compare my results. And I hope this helps a few people like it does for me! Best of luck stay positive and remember everyone has problems they don’t speak on and there are many ppl who will live and accept you!


    So I found out for sure I have herpes 1 and 2 yesterday. I am so upset I’m 37 and never had an std or sti in my life. I’m supposed to be in a relationship (been five years now we have been together) and I get herpes cause he cheated on me. I don’t even know how to feel right now. I feel so violated, disgusted, hurt, dirty, and a lot more. I have a forever disease because someone else had sex with someone who had it and brought it home to me and then he proceeded to lie I had an outbreak asked him wtf is this herpes looking shit did you sleep with someone else…. He denied doing anything so I attributed it to something else, then the woman he slept with sent me the video of it!!! That’s when I got tested.


    In reply to: 25 years old with hsv1


    Hey Phyllis, thank you for replying to me❤️

    Yeah, I’m overly worried about spreading it to not only other parts of my body but also to others. I’ve read a lot about it and told a recent doctor about what I’ve read and she told me to stay off google and that I’m fine (she also has hsv1 and just basically struggled it off as if I can’t spread it even without having an outbreak) I’m just very freaked out, emotional and depressed. It’s a lot to adjust to, accept, and take in.


    In reply to: 25 years old with hsv1


    Hi Soso,

    I am so sorry you have been diagnosed with HSV-1. You seem to have a lot of worry and concern about the virus and spreaging it.

    I think the more you learn & read about it, the better you will feel! I take acyclovir daily to prevent outbreaks of my HSV(2) & that has definitely helped me a lot.

    You may want to talk to your doctor about a prescription for an anti-viral medecine to prevent outbreaks.

    HSV-1 is extremely common, I found this online:

    How common is herpes simplex?

    ‘Herpes simplex is widespread around the world. About 2 in 3 people worldwide (and up to 80% of Americans) contract HSV-1 by age 50. About 15% of 15- to 49-year-olds contract HSV-2.’

    Hoping those statistics make you feel less alone. You are not alone, it is a very common virus!


    Since my diagnosis (HSV1 on genitals) I keep getting tears after sexual intercourse. Its not dry, plenty of lubricant, plus the tears are not right on the entrance to the vagina, it is actually a little bit underneath.

    Did anyone else experience this and what did they find works? The tears are not an outbreak btw.


    Hi Lilly,
    I was infected by my ex husband who knew he had genital herpes for 30 years. When he was infected, I was only 11 years old. He had over 20 years before meeting me to learn about this infection and unfortunately none of the women before me ever held him accountable for whatever reason (I’ll never know). I think it is important to hold people accountable so that the behavior hopefully stops. If you think that involves telling his family then I think you should. Doing nothing will only allow him to continue to do this to other women. I would tell everyone personally, that is what I did. I told my husband’s mother and any mutual friends. I think part of the reason this virus is so prevalent is due to our inability culturally to talk about it. I will caution you though that telling people was mostly disappointing to me, so don’t expect too much. People are very uncomfortable with this subject and I found that even my closest friends were unable or unwilling to rise to the occasion… even when all I really needed was someone to care, to express concern for my well being etc. and frankly to condemn his actions. Where I live, it is against the law, but I’ve been told it is kind of a tricky thing to prove. This has got to stop! It is so unnecessarily destructive. I’m so sorry that this happened to you and wish that it hadn’t. Hopefully, your outbreaks won’t be recurrent. I am unfortunately in the group where they are and even 2 years into this, I’m still having outbreaks monthly. I can say they aren’t as bad as they were at first. Stress, chocolate and too much sugar are my biggest triggers. Lysine didn’t work for me. But I did notice that drinking ginger tea makes my sores heal faster. I just cut up ginger root and boil it in water and add lemon and honey… the stronger the better.
    Take care, Finn


    Hi all. Sorry if this is long, but I’m just going to put it all out here in my first post! I’m 59 years old and have been living with HSV1 for many years. My husband gave me it to me, probably prior to our marriage in 1995. He did not disclose that he got cold sores on his lips (which were easily hidden by his beard/mustache). By the time I actually saw one on him and we had a discussion about it, I’m sure the damage had already been done. He claimed not to realize it was a big deal, since the outbreaks didn’t really bother HIM that much. I was pretty irritated but was 25 at the time and a busy, newly divorced young mother of 2 and guess I just didn’t dwell on it. Fast forward several years, after we were married, and I started to occasionally get “cold sores” on the end of my nose. In the beginning, it only happened once or twice a year and was easy to live with. But as time has gone by, they started to appear more frequently and with more intensity (on both sides of ends of nose), so several years ago I finally went to a doctor and asked for medication. I’d been taking valcyclovir as-needed a couple-few times a year. The pills make me very sick to my stomach and I feel like I’ve had a pot of coffee but they seem to work really well.

    Fast forward again to the last couple-few years, and it’s only gotten worse and more intense. Meanwhile, my husband only rarely gets cold sores on his lips anymore, and they are easily hidden. So not fair. Anyway, during my yearly gyno exam last month, my doctor found signs of active HSV2, and after lab work confirmed with me that I do in fact have that also. My husband has never had symptoms of HSV2. I had noticed a small irritation but thought it was brought on by bad fitting pants/excercise, etc. I have had that same irritated feeling a few times over the last many years but it was never enough to concern me. For some reason it just didn’t dawn on me that it could be HSV2. I was also just starting to get a cold sore on my nose when I saw my doctor. Within a couple of days, I had the worst outbreak I ever have. Many other symptoms with it, etc.

    So now my doctor has suggested that I start taking my med daily as a preventative measure. I would be fine with that except that I’m sure I would end up with an ulcer. I have an extremely sensitive stomach and can’t deal with most pills. She mentioned that one concern with having bad outbreaks in the nose is that it can lead to the eyes, brain, etc. I was just in shock. By the time I got home, I had thought of more questions for her, and will be having a follow up appt. tomorrow. Questions like: could my eye problems in the last few years be related? Are other symptoms related? Should I see a specialist? I’ve already searched for a local virologist in my med network and found nothing. Should I have my husband take the same med daily too, so we don’t keep passing this back and forth to each other? What are the side effects of taking the med every day? Is there anything besides pills I can take (like a shot, patch, etc.)? Anyway, thanks for making it this far if you have. I’d love to hear from anyone else that may have found themselves in a similar situation. Hugs to all!

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