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So I had a herald patch but since I've never heard of PR before I dismissed it as a scratch.
A week with a couple of headaches and tiredness happened but I ignored it as stress from work and a busy lifestyle despite I never really get headaches.
After a Saturday night drinks I decided to take a bath with Dead sea salts. I enjoyed my bath so much I stayed in longer than the 20 minutes recommended. The next morning I had a small rash so I thought I might had a reaction. Little did I know this was only the beginning... And the bath was apparently just a coincidence.
The rash on my chest started spreading around. Since I had herpes simplex virus a couple of years ago I knew this wasn't gonna give up so easily. Something inside me told me no no no... Get help now before it spreads. So I started researching online. I read everything... The herald patch, the headaches, the tiredness, my age and having had herpes previously too... I still was in denial. Not me, this isn't happening, why ? The PR pics online were all quite scarry and so I ran to the clinic. Tbh it was getting too much for me.
Unfortunately, the advise I got was it was probably contact dermatitis and that it would clear away by it own, might take up to 3 months though. The farmacist said the same thing and sold me an expensive little cream . Again and again I was dismissed without any answers. This was so frustrating and not what I want to hear!
I looked for some home remedies and bought fragrance-free creams, soap-free cleansers and you name it. PR is definitely not cheap since nobody seems to know what is the cause or what really helps. I just wanted to try everything... At this stage I was starting to get very anxious and down maybe even desperate. The rash started spreading to my arms legs and back. It doesn't itch particularly and I didn't get soar throat or fever or anything else like that...but still. After a week I went to see my GP and again I was dismissed without any treatment or answers but I was finally diagnosed with PR. Dr didn't really recommend any products just said you need to let it run its course...
I now have read somewhere that herpes antiviral Acyclovir can really help suppressing the virus so the rash doesn't spread as much and goes away sooner rather than later. But the trick is you must take the meds in week #1. I wish the clinic, the farmacist or my GP had told me so... Will it be too late for me at this stage? Probably but I decided to try it anyway. I have used Acyclovir yo suppress HSV before so it's fine with me. I also hear calamine lotion helps take redness away and it is helping, I'm eating lots of garlic, vit c and zinc ...
I hear someone say Oregano oil , coconut oil and UV b rays are great too. Has anyone tried it? If you are suffering with this s**t know you are not the only one.
Please comment your tips below , what's working for you? I'll do the same and promise to let you know how my journey with PR continues.
Hugs to you all !
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