Drying out herpes blisters quickly

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Hi all,

Used to quite an active member but have generally come to terms a little with my illness over the past ten months. As a back story I caught herpes off my new partner. He didn't know he had it and it was a terribly tough time. I've been through a major depressive period, but to those of you struggling, there is light at the end of the tunnel. On suppressive therapy and looking after myself I have been herpes free for about 8 months which has been awesome.

Unfortunately I've just been on holiday and got a little lazy in taking my daily tablets... And here I am. 5 days into an awful outbreak.

Has anyone got any advice on how to heal the broken sores quicker ? I've been bathing and keeping them clean, washing with soap and water and applying some witch hazel (which makes me almost pass out it hurts so much haha but I feel, no pain no gain right?) but this is dragging out now, some of the sores are still not drying and obviously it is irritated and causing me pain. Walking and sitting in my work clothes is not comfortable and I just want this to end ASAP ! I forgot how annoying the outbreaks are!!

Do any of you apply anything directly to your sores ? Bearing in mind I am female and this is already a sensitive area and I don't want to irritate myself further...

Thanks in advance for any suggestions, willing to try absolutely anything at the moment.

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    Im 24 have had herpes since I was 18

    I feel that I don't get herpes outbreaks often at all maybe once a year and they are mild but if the sore opens I use corn starch ad just dab it on the sore so it helps dry it out it helps the sore not stick to my panties as that is extremely painful to pull off!!

    So my advice would be to use cornstarch on UR sore and sleep with no panties on so they dry out

    Also when I was first diagnosed the dr prescribed valtrex I threw it away immediately and refused to take it as I felt that would someone make me have more herpes outbreaks since it's herpes medicine and I just don't trust it so I chose to not use Valtrex at all and take no daily suppressive therapy drug and have had a very very mild case of herpes outbreaks over the years sometimes mental health is stronger by believing UR healthy and won't get the outbreaks

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      Also herpes has not passed onto any new sexual partner I have had even unprotected sex and no guy has ran away from me after I told him I have herpes yes it's a chance to take but guys want sex and probably won't care as much as U think they will for anyone afraid they will never get laid again I had unprotected sex with my ex for the last five years and he NEVER got it

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      Yes I do rolleyes but I have had it 6 years and most of the time don't even think about having it because there is no sign of it

      I don't take any medicine because I am young enough that I feel my immune system keeps it dormant I usualy get a small outbreak of one or two sores once or twice a year so I feel annoyed I have herpes but I don't think about it cause I don't get outbreaks often and my ex never got it and we never used a condom once

      guys will absolutely still want to sleep with U and once some time passes it wNt seem as bad and it's really not so bad

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      That's how I felt when I first found out I had it but it's not the end of the world. I get outbreaks maybe once every couple months or more depending on my stress levels but I usually only have one sore at a time and they're huge and very painful. I have a high pain tolerance but like someone said up above when you pull your panties off that crap HURTS. But most of the time the sores will go away within a couple days. I don't take any medicine for mine because I as well don't trust it. And I've slept with different partners also telling them I have it and they didn't care and we had unprotected sex and they did not catch it. The only time someone can get it from someone is if that person has an open sore. I wouldn't have sex if it's even blistered over either because sex can open that up. But trust me things get better. You learn to accept it and move on. I promise.

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      Hello, I just wanted to get the update on you . How many outbreaks do you have? Since you don’t take valtrex, how do you manage not spreading the virus to your partner . Do you take any vitamins to help your immune system ? I’m asking these questions because I honestly don’t want to take any medication for herpes . 
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      I just saw your post and even though this is a year later I hope things are much better for you. I want you to know you can live a long wonderful life with herpes. I have been married for over 36 years, great  husband two grown sons even though I have had herpes it seems like forever, Yes many times herpes have disturbed plans--romantic get-aways etc, but my man understands and supports me.  I wish the same for you. Keep positive, we are more than this virus.
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      How do u make ur immune system stronger for ur partner not to get it if u did have unprotectedx sex cause I don't take the meds either & me & my partner is trying to have another kid

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      hi. The virus is highly contagious even when not having an outbreak. Boosting your immune system or taking medication will not reduce the chances. My partner was willing to catch it in order to try to have a baby.
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      Hello, I’m new to this website and I’ve just been diagnosed with herpes what is the BEST treatment to use to heal the sores quicker, it’s so painful as one of mine are actually inside my vagina and it’s so hard to have a wee normal. 
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      Sorry to hear you’ve been diagnosed 🙁

      You should buy a squirt bottle and fill it with luke warm water and squirt the water as you urinate. That will help tremendously with the pain while urinating. As far as drying them out I’ve always used vitamin e oil or even just opened a gel vitamin e pill and putting it right on the sores. I would also take L-lysine vitamin to keep the outbreaks at bay. Ive had it to for 10 years now and have not had many. It’s best to eat right and exercise daily. When your immune system is weak you are more apt to have one. 

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      HI Tasha. So I contracted herpes about 18 years ago. At first it was extremely painful. I would get swollen lymph-nodes, flu like symptoms and outbreaks every other month or so. At that time the doctor put me on a Valtrex preventative daily does, which kept it in check, that was until I ran out and decided to stop taking the Valtrex all together or see if I can manage it on my own. At first it was a pain and I was getting outbreaks every 3 or 4 months, but after a few years it began to decrease. Flash forward 18 years, I get a mild outbreak maybe once a year or less. 

      So long story short, the best thing to do is to see your doctor and get on antiviral medication to speed recovery and control outbreaks. Take Tylenol to deal with the pain. Possibly use baking soda to dry the blisters faster if that works for you. The only real thing that works with HSV is time though. 

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      1. Echinacea - Echinacea is a popular herb that has been identified to boost immunity. Combined with goldenseal, another herb, or enjoyed alone as tea, this member of the daisy family has been found to prevent and treat upper respiratory tract infections as well as the common cold.

      2. Ginseng - This herb has many varieties. The most commonly studied variety is Panax ginseng, also known as Korean ginseng. Its main active component, ginsenosides, has been proven to have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. Clinical research studies have demonstrated that it may improve immune and psychological functions as well as conditions related to diabetes.

      3. Garlic - This spice has had a long history of medicinal value. In a recent study conducted by Dr. Ellen Tattelman, an assistant professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, New York, it was reconfirmed that garlic indeed has cardiovascular, anti-microbial and antineoplastic properties. It's also a perfect spice to use when doing sauteed dishes.

      4. Bell peppers- This pepper variety does not contain capsaicin, unlike its other feisty cousins. On the contrary, it is sweet and crunchy and contains the carotenoid lycopene which lowers the risk of cancer; beta-carotene which is converted to vitamin A; and Zeaxanthin, known to prevent macular degeneration and cataracts.

      5. Ginger - This herb has been shown to reduce inflammation, cardiovascular conditions, blood clots and cholesterol. In a study, researchers found that animal subjects given ginger extracts had a significant reduction in cholesterol and blood clotting qualities. Moreover, it has been observed to inhibit the behavior of genes connected with inflammation.

      6. Turmeric- This spice contains curcumin, which has notable antioxidant properties. It also has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and stomach soothing benefits. It reduces inflammation by stimulating the adrenal glands to increase the hormone that lessens inflammation. Animal studies on this herb have revealed that turmeric protects the liver from the adverse effects of alcohol and certain toxins. Turmeric also helps in digestive problems by stimulating bile flow.

      7. Gingko Biloba- Gingko biloba's leaves contain antioxidant compounds called bilobalides and ginkgolides that protect the body from damage caused by free radicals. Moreover, it has also been found to protect against radiation. In a study using animal subjects, ginkgo was demonstrated to have protected the test subjects against radiation poisoning. The latest research also suggests that extracts of this herb can neutralize oxidizing agents and free radicals caused in the cells due to radiation, thus preventing cell death. In fact, NaturalNews recently reported that ginkgo extracts reduce brain damage by up to 50 percent.

      8. Ganoderma- This is a bitter mushroom also known as reishi. It has long been a popular herb in Chinese medicine attributed to assisting in longevity and health. Further studies on this oriental herb reveal that it strengthens immunity and combats cancer. Moreover, it has antioxidant properties and provides relief from urinary tract infections.

      9. Astragalus - Also from China, this herb stimulates the immune system and aids in digestion and adrenal gland functions. It is also a diuretic. The effectiveness of this herb is due to polysaccharides, saponins and flavonoids. It has also been taken to combat the common cold and flu. Its digestive health benefits demonstrate the lowering of stomach acidity, resulting to an increase in the body's metabolic rates and the promotion of waste elimination.

      10. Cat's claw - This herb from Peru is commonly used for stomach problems. Recently, however, it is becoming known as an exceptional immune response stimulator that helps the body to fight off infections and degenerative diseases. It contains oxindole alkaloids enhancing the immune system's capacity to engulf and destroy pathogens.

      From a practical perspective, taking in food which boosts the immune system while enjoying it at the same time can be a cost effective way to maintain health. Coupled with a healthy lifestyle, sufficient rest and a positive outlook in life, staying healthy does not have to cost an arm and a leg.

      I personally take Echinacea, Zinc, and Vitamin C. I recently started taking l-lysine. I read that  Natrum Mur, Kreosote,Hepar Sulph, and Merc Sol are natural Homeopathic remedies of great help in the treatment of Genital Herpes in females. Croton Tig, Graphites and Nitric Acid work best for males that have Genital Herpes as a Homeopathic remedy. 

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      Hi,

      I’ve had the the virus now for about 25 years.  I was married for 19 years, and have two sons. My ex (or any partner since) never contracted the virus. I became very familiar with the signs/symptoms that I would feel prior to an outbreak, and would refrain from any sexual activity if I felt any symptoms. 

      My concern with pregnancy was that of my boys contracting the virus during childbirth. I did opt for c-sections instead of giving birth naturally, so as to not take any chances.  

      It is definitely uncomfortable, and an inconvenience at times however, it is entirely possible to make babies, and live a very normal life smile

      I wish you all the best!

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