I have Genital Herpes and nothing is helping!

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I don't really know what i am looking for. help, comfort, advice. i am not sure.

I am in soooo much pain. its unbearable.

It was recently confirmed i have Genital Herpes.

I have this on my outer labia, inside my inner labia, my bottom lip and my tongue. so not doing too great. I found scratches on Wednesday 15th i thought it was thrush by Friday it was yellow and in circle shapes i also got the blisters near and on my urethra. When i pee it feels like little razors coming out and if i put water on it makes it sting also. When i sit in the bath it stings. Today the GUM clinic gave me lidocaine gel and aciclovir tablets.

As i am so raw down there, the cream feels like im being skinned alive. ( i was so looking forward to it 😦 lol) Another problem is i shaved probably the Wednesday and the hair is growing back, it isnt itchy its painful! It feels like loads of needles going in to me when i walk or move for that matter. And lastly, my period is starting. Can i wear a tampon?

How long does this last? I heard the first is always the worst.

Is there a secret to stopping the pain? I cant cry from pain anymore

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    i looked up ibuprofen can help with pain for a couple hours , cold compresses

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    Hi dee,

    Sorry to hear you've got herpes.

    Some points:

    1. The treatment you've been given (aciclovir) is very effective, so take the full course and if it doesn't settle then go back to the clinic for a second course. A severe primary outbreak (like yours) can sometimes take a little longer to clear.
    2. Lidocaine gel. Yes, it stings when it's first applied but then it starts to numb the area. Persevere with it for now, but as the sores start to heal it won't need to applied. If you need more, you can either go back to clinic or buy it from a pharmacist/chemist/drugstore without prescription.
    3. Salt baths. Yes, you're doing the right thing! Make sure bath is warm; sprinkle maybe 2-3 tbsp salt and pee in the bath water if urination is hurting. Drinking lots of fluids will make the urine dilute and will make it less stingy.
    4. Pain relief. You need to be in bed, not walking around. A hot water bottle may help, as will regular doses of paracetamol.
    5. Wear a pad, and don't use tampons for now in case the infection has also affected the vagina.

    You're on the right track to recovery but I appreciate it feels like a lifetime when you have to endure this under difficult circumstances.


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