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Herpes Simplex Virus GENITALS

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ChimeForChange Fri 12-Jul-13 20:03:19

Hello

Does anyone suffer from this?

Just wondering if anyone has any home remedies that help?

Have a clinc appointment tomorrow am

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vintagesewingmachine Fri 12-Jul-13 20:18:21

There are not any remedies to cure this but cool compresses and simple painkillers may help. Now you have the virus, it will be with you for life, much the same as cold sores.

ChimeForChange Fri 12-Jul-13 20:32:40

I had it about 6/7 years ago, this is the first time since :-(

So horrible

This might sound silly, but would it be ok putting sudocrem or something on it until tomorrow?

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fanjoboils Fri 12-Jul-13 20:41:19

I've only had it once. It was absolutely dreadful, so you have my sympathies. GP misdiagnosed a bacterial infection the first time I went, so it was about five days before I got any proper treatment. I was bedridden with it, and every visit to the loo resulted in me crying in agony. I doubt the sudocrem would do any harm, if it helps you get through the night.

On a second visit, new GP prescribed oral acicolvir and it did the trick really quickly. My advice would be - don't fuck about, get to the GP for a proper antiviral.

ChimeForChange Fri 12-Jul-13 20:43:09

Yep going to the clinic in the morning!

I'd say they broke out weds/thurs.

Just want something to hurry the process!!!
I've read things like warm water/soap can stop them spreading.

How long after taking meds did they clear for you?

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ChimeForChange Sat 13-Jul-13 11:54:07

Just for future reference!

As i'm still breastfeeding and the nurse said they look like they're healing anyway she was reluctant to give me any anti viral meds - she said it wouldn't make it heal any quicker and a signicant amount enters the breast milk

I have managed to get the skin infected too though so some antibiotics and numbing gel!

And lots of warm salty water!

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Timeforabiscuit Sat 13-Jul-13 12:16:08

There is a topical lidocaine based gel that a lovely lovely nurse gave me which helped

You can have antivirals, but they aren't much help unless you're having the strong early attacks.

I've had it for 15 years, and the most effective thing to stop an outbreak is knowing triggers and keeping away from them.

For me it's sustained/profound stress, not eating well and broken sleep or generally being run down.

If I start feeling the triggers, I slow my pace right down, relax as much as possible and up my fluids - I now have mild attacks ( oohhh that's a bit sore rather than please just cut my bits off!) but they are very infrequent every couple of years now.

Just be honest with the nurses, mine have been lovely smile

Timeforabiscuit Sat 13-Jul-13 12:17:55

Sorry just noticed breast feeding - topical lidocaine fine for breast feeding (what I did), obviously wash hands thoroughly as it can spread through contact once the blisters burst.

ThisIsYourSong Sat 13-Jul-13 12:25:08

I found Lysine helped and there is info about taking it while breast feeding here LLL

I agree with it being worse when run down - not helpful with a b/f baby!!

ThisIsYourSong Sat 13-Jul-13 12:26:55

Can you take some paracetamol? Might help you sleep hmm

ChimeForChange Sat 13-Jul-13 12:54:44

The pain isn't that bad! Only if I scrape or squash....if you know what I mean!

DD is 16 months not wholly reliant on breast milk so I said I don't mind taking them, she just said they looked like they were healing so no point!

She said it looks infected though so gave me anti biotics and numbing gel

On Tuesday I felt it very sore and thought if cut myself shaving!

When you feel them coming what do you do to prevent them?
Relax....drink lots of water!

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ChimeForChange Sat 13-Jul-13 12:55:31

Timeforabiscuit - can I buy that over the counter?

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Timeforabiscuit Sat 13-Jul-13 13:12:31

Yes - can get over the counter, any topical anaesthetic with a bit of Vaseline over the top to seal it in.

Get the oldest/ most experienced person you can find at the pharmacy if you're feeling a bit anxious I found it wasn't a conversation I wanted to have at length. Rapidly got over any embarrassment post dcs thoughgrin

In this weather, consider no bottoms and wrap a towel around you, with an ice pack rapped in a damp towel between your legs

Comfort is all! It will only be for a max of three days - go back for the antivirals if no improvement in the next day or so

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