I was diagnosed with genital herpes in September and I have been experiencing an outbreak for about three months. I’m taking medications that are slowing it down, but it’s persisting. I’ve talked to my doctor about it, but I was wondering if other people who have herpes have experienced outbreaks for this long?
Experts seems to agree that the first outbreaks are often worse than later flares of the disease, but that six weeks is typically the longest an outbreak should continue, though patients who are taking appropriate antiviral medications typically only experience symptoms for 7-10 days. Three months seems like a very long time to have a single outbreak given this information. It may be that your antiviral meds are not being taken at sufficient dosages or frequency, or that they are not effective for some other reason. You should definitely speak to your doctor about it. The good news is that many people who’ve had the disease for a long time experience less frequent and less severe outbreaks over time, so it’s likely you will not experience outbreaks this severe forever.
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Hey. 3 months? That sounds very atypical to me... my outbreaks never last for more than 1 or 2 weeks (at their longest). Are you sure that THESE particular bumps are herpes? I have no doubt that you have herpes, since you were formally diagnosed, but these long-lasting bumps may be unrelated. Have you seen a specialist?
If you're on medication and it's not helping your outbreaks, the only other thing I've heard that helps it is a diet that is high in the Amino Acids L-Lysine and Arginine. It has something to do with those particular protiens and the virus. I take a generic Amino Acids supplement that you can find at GNC. Not sure how much it helps... I just take every precaution/preventative.
ok so im 15 and i might have herpes. so im freaking out and i have done a lot of research on it. And it starts off with blisters than scabs than goes away no worries it will leave no scare. Hang in there. If u can please answer my question its is Do i have herpes? And maybe we can talk on MSN or some thing i really need some one to talk to since i might have it. I cry every day for a while. I am a boy. I cant focus on my school work because of it. So i will help you out if you help me. Thanks
Hey man. First, calm down... you may have it, you may not. Find out if you DO have it before you freak. Secondly, even if you DO have it, it's not the end of the world. You can't die from it, you can still have kids, you can still have sex... it's really nothing more than an annoying skin condition, and only makes you more careful about sex - which isn't bad.
Anyway, as embarassing as it is, you need to talk to one or both of your parents. You're going to need to get tested to know for sure, and if you have herpes, you'll need to get a prescription for Valtrex or some sort of suppresant to help control your outbreaks and minimize any risk of transmitting it to someone. The reason you need to get them into the loop is because you're 15, and I'm guessing you don't have a ton of cash to bankroll all that behind their backs... meaning you're probably going to need to use your health insurance or get them to help pay. Don't worry... after they get over the initial shock of "Oh my God my 15-year-old-son is having sex," they will probably be very understanding and eager to help... as long as you haven't knocked anyone up. Just kidding.
NOW, to know FOR SURE whether or not you have herpes, you MUST get tested. Get a blood test that tests for both HSV-1 AND HSV-2, and make sure that it's specific to YOUR blood type. These tests now are extremely accurate, and as long as you get the right one, it will let you know for sure if you do or don't have the virus. DO NOT ASSUME THAT YOU DON'T HAVE HERPES. It sounds like you have symptoms to me, but even if you never had symptoms, you could still be a carrier. I never had symptoms and found out I had it. I'm 33 years old now, and have no idea how long I'd been carrying this around, because I never had an outbreak or anything, and assumed that I was fine.
Remember, even if you DO have it, it's not the end of the world. A pain in the ass, yes, but nothing that will destroy you. But if you DO have it, you MUST be honest with anyone that you may get involved with sexually. If you want to talk to someone, you can talk to me more. I'm on yahoo, AIM, and Skype, but not MSN. Send me a reply on here and I'll get you the info.
i was just recently diagnosed and i am willing to chat with you and help you through as i go through my experience
i was told around 2 weeks
Im not sure if I have herpes I havent been tested yet scared and ashamed! But I think I might need someone to talk to about this
Im 15, im a girl & i have herpes too, its okay. Like %60 of people have herpes so dont freak out. For me, it becomes a big red bump & then theres blisters/cold sore looking things on it. And it burns/is very painfull. I take Lysine (an Amino Acid pill) and its suppost to reduce the number of outbreaks. I havent been able to go to school for a week because of it. If you do have herpes, you'd probably have flu like symptoms before and during the outbreaks. You could have HSV-1 or HSV-2. I suggest telling your parent and going to a genetal specialist.
I was recently diagnosed with genital herpes but my only partner shows no signs of herpes . How is that possible?
i have herpes and havent had an outbreak since i first got it years ago. I had unprotected sex with someone the other day and i think i may have a small cluster of outbreak. Does that mean that he has it too? and give it to me coz he had an outbreak?
It's relieving to hear other people's stories. I'm in the military and got this from a local after dating her for about a month. I take responsibility for my actions and don't blame her because I should have used a condom. I got a blood test a few days ago but still waiting on results. At first there were only two seperate, small bumps for a week. As of now, little bumps filled with a liquid surround the initially bumps. The doctor didn't see it like it is now, so he thought I had my junk caught in my zipper.
It's hard not to get depressed over it. It feels like my sex life is over. From reading other people's responses, I have hope that I can still have sex. But rather than multiple women it'll probably be 1 that's understanding and compassionate. I guess that's growing up.
After speaking with a few medical personel confidentially, I was told that for events that may be shocking and highly stressful, it's not frowned upon to take Prosac or some related medicine for a short period of time. I'm not one to throw pills at a problem, but taking a few pills for 3 weeks beats slipping into depression for a longer period of time. I'm also lucky enough to have a mentor to talk to. It really helps to share the frustration and have an alternative view on it.
If anyone wants to talk about it with me, it'll help me out as well.
I'm also in the military and I just found out two days ago that I have herpes. I'm not sure when I got it. But I noticed pain in my vagina on 23 December and I thought maybe it had just ripped from having sex. I had sex again on Christmas and the pain was unbearable so we stopped. I continued to check to make sure there was nothing unusual and there wasn't. Until I checked on the 26th. That's when I noticed I had blisters and I freaked out. So when I got back to Campbell from leave I went to the hospital and they said I had herpes. I'm almost positive I got it from the guy I work with. We had been hooking up almost every night for 3 weeks then when I went home I met up with my ex fiancé who I hadn't seen in almost a year and had sex with him. He now also has symptoms. He promised me we would get thru this together. I honestly thought about ending it all because I felt so shitty for passing it to him. But I had NO idea whatsoever that I had anything. I instantly started checking my vaginal area to make sure there were no bumps, blisters, or anything abnormal down there. And I never saw anything until I looked on the 26th. I was so embarrassed to go to the doctor but I'm thankful I did. My pain was unbearable. It hurt so bad to piss I had to make myself stop. (I also found out I had a UTI). But the doctor gave me medicines to help and also gave me gel to rub on the sores to numb the pain and it makes my pain go from a 10 to a 1. I'm embarrassed to talk to someone about it here but I feel like if I was able to, it would help me out a ton. Because I've been in a state of depression since I found out.
Same way happened to me. Fortunately simplex 1 is less severe and usually doesn't reoccur as often.
Can it go away with out meds? Can it go away completly in 5 days. Im waiting for my results. But it was 2 small spots looked like a spider bite. It was lil itchy. No symptoms no pain nothing. It seems like it went away to quick and easy for it to be that. Iv also been crying hard to keep composure taking lorazapam atm it seems to help a bit to caulm me down.
hi ive had this for about 10 years .i contracted it the first time i ever had sex...when i found out like some others i cried every day and thought it was the end of the world. i have since then been deaking with it rather well...ive had a boyfriend for 6 years and he still does not have it...it doesnt end ur life it only makes u si much more aware and cautious...if any one wants or need to talk jus reply.
I got diagnosed 5 days ago she said they looked like it so the next day i noticed them disappearing and by the second day the where completely gone it havent even been a whole week and they are gone do u think they could still be that?
My husband gave me gential herps I'm scared
Its hurts when I shower how am I suppose to wash down there
I've had it for 13 years. I contracted it the first time I had sex too. Nice to know I'm not the only one. And I've never given it to any sexual partners either.
P.S. Having herpes has actually made me a healthier person. Exercise is one of the best ways to keep your stress levels at bay, which in turn keeps herpes dorment for longer. In the 13 years I've had this virus, I haven't had a reoccurance till this past week. It was triggered by a medication I took for a UTI.
SOYOU DIDNT HAD THE OUTBREAK BEFORE THE 13 YEARS BECAUSE I WAS RECENTLY DIGNOSE WITH GENETAL HERPES I DIDNT KNOW UNTIL I HAD AN OUTBREAK I DIDNT KNOW WHEN THEY DID THE TEST THATS WHEN I KNEW AND THE FIRST QUESTION THAT CAME TO MY MIND WAS HOW IS IT POSSIBLE AFTER 15 YEARS THAT I HAD IT I NEVER KNEW AND I HAVE A CHILD THAT'S 10 I SEE THAT YOU SAID THAT IT TRIGGERED WITH A UTI MEDICATION I HAD A UTI MEDICATION SO PROBABBLY THATS WHAT REALLY TRIGGERED IT AFTER 15 YEARS OH WAO YOU GET KNOW A LOT OF INFOR HERE =(
i have almost the same thing as you do i got diagnosed in feburary and i got a culture test done and when the results came back they said that there was a little bit of herpes growing.. i did not trust this because the bumps i have are not painful the only time things ever got painful was when i would have a yeast infection. so i went to another doctor 2 months later and those same bumps were still there and she said she thought it might be a condition called skeens glands, which she described as just a skin condition and it is not contagous. Also on that day i got a blood test done and those results came back negative for herpes even though i still had those same bumps.. she said if i don't feel pain or anything from these bumps then it probably really is just skeens glands.. it is now september (7 months later) and i still have these same bumps but they do not cause any pain and they don't itch.. its like there not even there.. your the first person i have heard of that has what sounds similar to mine.. i just wish i could really find out the answer.
I just don't know what to do..... I have been infected for several years and haven't been in a relationship. I also wanted to be married and have children. I don't feel like anyone will be with me, once I tell them. I don't want to live my life alone.
hi Azia. i'm just looking for an advice on thing herpes thing. i was diagnosed with it 2 days ago.. this is actually the 4th day of my first outbreak. i just noticed that it keeps on spreading and the pain is not tolerable anymore. I've been taking valtrex for two days now. i just want to ask if the pain is normal, and do you have any tips on how to wash it.You're story is truly inspiring btw. i hope you could reply to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I have had it for ten years. I first got it in my first relationship when I was pregnant and he always have me oral sex. A week later, I had my first outbreak. Usually just would have no outbreaks after that one, until recently the past two years one each year. I am breastfeeding so I imagine my immune system is weak because of that. Yes, you must keep it clean so please take a shower, air dry that spot, I sit in front of a fan. I also dab some hemorrhoid pads on the blisters so they will dry up faster and heal. This outbreak I'm having now is the worst by far. I have over twenty blisters on my labia abd it was so swollen. I not sure what triggered it? Could have been me shaving my vagina, my period coming, stress, unhealthy foods.... I just don't know. I feel so gross right now. If you're a teenager reading, please wrap your stuff up before sex. Even if you get herpes, it's not the end of the world. I also have hpv. Those warts rarely come though. The doctor said they were the mild warts. I don't want my kids to have sex with anyone when they get order. I will teach them about my mistakes.good luck to you all