Topic: First outbreak: questions
So I got diagnosed with herpes two days ago… I contracted it from my ex boyfriend, who was asymptomatic so he did not know he had it. I’m still in quite a shock but before I can deal with all the emotional issues that come with this disease I have some questions about the first outbreak, and I would really appreciate if you could help me 🙂
1. My outbreak is bad. Like really bad. I have blisters all over and my vulva is completely swollen and irritated… is it normal to have this many? I can’t sit and I can barely walk so this is really worrying me…
2. I know this may be a dumb question… but will my vagina go back to looking the same as before? I just can’t recognize it anymore
3. How long, in your experience, until I can walk and sit normally again? I need to go to work again soon..
4. Does it get better?
Thank you for your help and let’s stay strong!
Topic: Intense Itching
I am new. I was diagnosed with both HSV1 and HSV2 almost two years ago. I wasn’t in a relationship and still am not. In the past, Ive had sores that start with what feels like nerve pain. For whatever reason Acyclovir does not seem to work as well as Valcyclovir. Recently I’ve been in between job and haven’t had health insurance and that’s when the problem started. Doctor visits were just too expensive and so was medication. I tried a lot of home remedies such as ACV baths, lemon balm extract, L Lysine etc. but nothing helps. Right now I’m experiencing some intense itching. It affects my daily life, sleeping, and my work day. It’s so embarrassing to talk about because no one I know has come out or even knows about my diagnoses. I don’t remember my previous outbreaks being so itchy. So I went to urgent care. At this point it was just unbearable. The doctors confirmed that Herpes doesn’t make you itch in the way I was describing. They prescribed medication for Yeast and BV. You know when I doctor gives you medication and you just know it’s not going to work? Well so said so done. Then I realized my soap was irritating my Vagina more. So I thought maybe it’s contact dermatitis… again I’m back at square one, soaking in baths and basically not sleeping at night because I’m itching! Now the itching is painful because I’m sure my skins more irritated. I can’t help it. I have a doctors appointment tomorrow as I now have insurance so we can start figuring out what’s going on. Is this intense itching normal for HSV2? Also, what works to make it stop!?
Topic: Does it get better?
Hi everyone, I just joined this site in hopes to talk to other people who have herpes. I am 18 years old, almost 19. I have had herpes for 9 months. I was a virgin when I met my boyfriend. I asked him before we did anything if he had any STD’s and he said no (now I know they can be invisible). He’s from Argentina, and I was visiting him at the time. My first outbreak was the most painful time of my life. (Mainly because the healthcare system is not good there so doctors didn’t know what to give me). It hurt so much to pee because the burning was so bad. I almost fainted from that pain. That lasted about a week. Looking back now I can’t believe how strong I was. My vaginal area and anal area were covered in huge bumps. The doctor I went to said it’s the worst herpes she’s ever seen.. yeah didn’t make me feel too good to hear that. Fast forwarding to today: I struggle with depression, not only because of the herpes diagnosis, but other reasons as well. But I do feel a lot of shame. I know I shouldn’t, but I’m scared to transfer it to my children in the future. I’m also scared about what will happen when I stop taking Acyclovir everyday. My doctor in the US at Planned Parenthood said that generally people take it for a year. My outbreaks now are nothing compared to the hell I went through the first time. I’m scared that once I stop taking the pills that I will go through hell all over again. Maybe my outbreaks aren’t bad now only because of the pills. Does anyone have any advice about what happens after a year or more of being on the pills? Does it get better?
P.S. sorry for such a long story I just am hopeful to talk to others who have herpes because I’m the only one I know of.. besides me boyfriend.
Topic: Managing outbreaks
I’ve had herpes for nearly 5 years, diagnosed after a brief promiscuous period when my boyfriend of 6 years cheated on me and we broke up. But for the last 4 years or so I was taking antivirals daily so haven’t had an outbreak in years. Recently my doctor has told me that I shouldn’t be taking them daily and to stop. The first month or so was ok… No symptoms. But in the last 3 weeks I’m on my second outbreak! I also have ulcerative colitis which makes my immune system low. I’m also a nurse which is high stress.
I’m not sure if I should go back on the antivirals to suppress the symptoms or what I should do.
I’ve been with my partner for 4 years and he knows about my herpes but we haven’t communicated a lot about it because we haven’t had to with me taking the antivirals.
I feel defeated and am looking for advice.
Topic: Transmission to eye
Hello ladies, thank you for taking the time to read my post. About a week ago I was having an outbreak, I believe, and accidentally touched the sore. I washed my hands with body soap immediately and followed by hand soap once I got out of the showered. I took my eye contacts out after and instantly had a horrible gut feeling.
It had now been 9 days and my eye feels a bit strange. It feels uncomfortable and I am worried I may have transmitted to my eye.
I have been harboring this alone and I am in need of some support and guidance.
Love and light.
Does anyone have some recommendations? This is my first outbreak and I’m about to start my cycle in a few days and I don’t know what to expect. My Doctor told me it was my preference as too which products i could use ( tampons, pads, etc) but is there any tips or tricks y’all might have?
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