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  • in reply to: White cloudy discharge #44709
    harmony.zing
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    I would love to know the answer to your questions. I also suffer from discharge. Mine tends to have a slight odor, nothing as bad as when I’ve had BV but noticeable and it sometimes gets worse after sex. I started suppressive therapy with with antivirals a month ago but still experiencing the discharge and some minor symptoms. I use boric acid inserts from time to time and that helps but doesn’t stop it. I’ve been treated for BV and it still persists. I’m unsure where to turn because I can’t a ready solution.

    in reply to: Advice #42777
    harmony.zing
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    It has helped somewhat, yes. I still get outbreaks, even without sex so it isn’t perfect but it does seem to make it easier to handle and less frequent.

    in reply to: QUESTIONS!! #41266
    harmony.zing
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    I can’t offer advice but will share my experience based on your questions:

    Oral – my partner and I have oral sex with no issue. We have HSV-2
    Meds – not sure
    Masturbate – I masturbate between outbreaks. I don’t use dildos. I use a vibrator, which for a while i used through my underwear for fear of causing an issue. My outbreak spot is around my perineum so I now just avoid that area if I feel palindrome symptoms. Hand washing and cleaning of toys is super important.
    Shaving – I stopped shaving for months! Now, I do shave but very carefully. I clean my razor with alcohol before and after using it close to my sensitive outbreak area. I avoid shaving in and around my period because menstruation is also a trigger for me.

    in reply to: Triggers #41265
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    Sex is a trigger for me too.

    in reply to: Advice #41264
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    Your sex life will improve – don’t worry about that. Sex triggers my outbreaks and so I am extra vigilant. I have a lot of maintenance routines now.
    -After my post-sex shower/clean up, I now dab the area that I typically get blisters with hydrogen peroxide or witch hazel.
    -I also occasionally (1x per week) with apply acyclovir topically in between outbreaks, and/or vitamin e oil, aloe vera.
    -Lubricant – I’m not a big lube user but I will be using it more to reduce friction. Just need to find a brand that does not mess with my balance down there.
    -My partner and I choose not to use protection and we keep our sex as gentle as possible.

    Before I was diagnosed I thought I had reoccurring yeast infections but now realize that I have discharge associated with HSV-2. It has a slight odor which led one of my doctors to think BV at one point. I tried to get advice and information about HSV-2 discharge but it seems not as many people actually get it… Anyway, that experience led me to try boric acid suppositories and it has been helpful for me. Even if I’m wrong about what’s really happening (haven’t had the best doctors where I’m from) I can definitely say the boric acid is working. I get the discharge before the outbreak/lesions and so I’m able to start with the suppositories early and take lysine at a higher dose 2000-3000 mg. This, along with the other supplements I take (fish oil, multivitamin, olive leaf, vit c & e, echinacea)

    Hope this helps

    in reply to: Help with Managing a Breakout #41263
    harmony.zing
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    Here is what works for me:

    Acyclovir topical cream – applied directly to lesions or blisters
    Epsom salt bath – warm bath for about 7 mins, as often as needed. I rinse after.
    Lysine – 3000 mg daily during outbreak. 1000 mg morning, noon, and night. 1000 mg for maintenance between outbreaks
    Pain meds – over the counter pain medication
    Ice pack – during the worst of my outbreak this helped.
    Cleaning blisters with hydrogen peroxide
    Aloe Vera on bumps that have not yet turned into blisters
    Supplements – I’ve been taking a host of supplements which may or may not be effective.
    Air dry after shower
    Calling in sick and do nothing

    in reply to: My husband gave it to me… #41262
    harmony.zing
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    My saving grace has been acyclovir (antiviral) in a topical cream. It works wonders for me and I wonder why my first doctor did not prescribe it. I also recommend soaking in epsom salts for pain relief.

    I am from the tropics and know how hard it is to stay dry! After showering air dry with a fan or using the cool setting on a hairdryer. I use powder as close to my privates as I can (not in or on my parts) and between my butt cheeks. You could try that. Cotton underwear and an extra pair to change into if you have to leave home for work.

    Hope this helps. The first outbreak is the worst. It will get better.

    in reply to: Current COVID19 Hysteria/Pannick/Stigma #41058
    harmony.zing
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    I’m just worried about getting COVID and triggering an outbreak… Really need a break!

    in reply to: Hello, I’m New and have a Question #41057
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    I will answer your second question indirectly by saying that yes, you can have periods of time that are free of outbreaks without taking an anti-viral. So definitely discuss it with your doctor. It is not foolish to ask at all and it’s ultimately up to you. You may want to try a more natural, med free route… Or it could be that it is in your best interest to continue taking the Valtrex for a while longer.

    Not sure about the first question, sorry. Good luck.

    in reply to: Being sexual ever again #41056
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    If your boyfriend has had HSV-1 on his nose, then it is possible you actually have HSV-1 vaginally and not HSV-2. A test will verify this. In this case, you may have gotten it from him during oral sex (even if he didn’t have a sore at the time -viral shedding).

    Either way, things will get better. Start with some research on how to relieve your symptoms, shorten the outbreak and prevent future ones.

    in reply to: Haven’t been diagnosed but waiting for results #41055
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    This is a great forum for exactly that. I am relatively new here and notice that many of the posts are from other newbies. I’ve found that some of my posts go unanswered/without a response. Don’t be disheartened if any of yours do too. Sometimes the same questions you have are already answered elsewhere. Sometimes it may just be overlooked. Read other member’s posts and conversations to learn more about what to expect. Do some research online. Share your experience and show the same support you want to receive. One thing for sure is you will see that you are not alone. Some of us are still struggling and others are doing great, which gives the rest of us hope.

    in reply to: First .. or second outbreak 😣 #41054
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    Viral shedding is the reason why someone can pass on HSV without having symptoms.

    I understand how you are feeling. I was also misdiagnosed for a while. It has been difficult thinking about the previous partners I may have passed this on to during the time I was misdiagnosed. However, I think I am better able to cope now because I saw firsthand that I could live a normal life while having HSV-2.

    Think about how many stress-free, worry-free days you had when you didn’t know. Stressing won’t help you now. It can actually make it worse so try to accept the diagnosis. The positive side is now you can manage your symptoms and learn what your triggers are and then get on with life. You can do this. You are not alone.

    in reply to: Supplements or Vitamins and or diet changes #41053
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    Hi, I have been taking vitamins and supplements. At minimum I take a daily multivitamin and lysine before/during my period, which is one of my triggers. Otherwise, I have reduced my lysine intake to a few times a week.

    I take a whole host of other things but I am not sure if they are effective. It does put me at ease though since I feel I am doing everything I can. Though some have a recommended daily dose, I pretty much just take these 3 times a week or so unless I am having an outbreak. Zinc, Vitamin C, Echinacea, Probiotic, Vitamin E, Fish Oil, Moringa, Evening Primrose Oil (just trying this one since my period is a trigger). I am also an avid tea drinker, the regular stuff like peppermint, ginger, green etc.

    Avoid foods high in arginine (nuts especially) and eat those high in lysine (proteins esp)! Just google a list.

    in reply to: HSV2 #41052
    harmony.zing
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    Now you focus on getting your body in the best shape you can in terms of immunity and health. The stronger your immune system the better off you will be in terms of your diagnosis and life in general so it’s a win win. Change your diet to eliminate trigger foods, discuss medication with your doctor, explore natural supplements, get lots of sleep. Life will go on and you will get through this.

    As for love and relationships, there may be people who don’t accept it but there will also be people who do so don’t fret or despair. There is love after this diagnosis.

    in reply to: Feeling as if my life has ended at 21 #41051
    harmony.zing
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    It is possible you got it from your boyfriend. Maybe he was intimate with other people too. f you have plans to continue a relationship with him then it is best that you disclose it. Start off with just telling him the facts. It may not be necessary to get into who is the source, or at least not before you decide if you both want to proceed or part ways. How would you feel if you got it from him?

    The pain of the outbreaks will lessen. Epsom salts (5-10min) baths helped me during my first outbreak and another one later on that was also excruciating. The good news is that it gets better, with or without antivirals. There are a lot of tips out there to help with outbreaks. They don’t all work for everyone so some trial and error might be needed but start by eliminating foods high in arginine like peanuts (and other nuts) and taking a lysine supplement. Take an over the counter painkiller and multivitamin. Stay dry and clean down there. Clean sores with hydrogen peroxide but otherwise try not to touch them and wash your hands thoroughly if you do ensuring you don’t touch anywhere else. Sleep. You will be fine. Emotionally it does take a toll but you are not alone.

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