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So I've been dealing with this diagnosis for the last 3 months now and have been experiencing an outbreak about once a month. The duration and intensity of the OBs have gotten better each time, but I just have a question for some of the vets out there. I know it'll take a while for my body to get this virus under control so that the OBs will hopefully be fewer and farther between eventually, but what have some of you experienced over the years? Have you gone an extended period of time without anything? Months... Years? All I see on here is people getting constant OBs, but I'm also in fb group and people are saying 'first ob in 3 years'. I'm hoping this damn virus goes dormant soon and doesn't rear it's ugly head in a long time.. I'm in my mid-20s and in pretty good shape so I would think my immune system would be able to get this under wraps sooner than later. It's just a downer everytime I experience those damn prodrome symptoms and know what's coming.. Anyways, this site is awesome. I've learned so much about hsv over the past few months. Thanks for your help

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Hello and Welcome!


Well, the thing is, we don't know exactly why some people have many OB's and some seem to get it under control quickly ... so we can't tell you what YOUR experience will be but from what you are saying your body seems to be doing it's job gaining control so that's a good sign.


The biggest thing that we *know* causes OB's is stress ... and for some, certain foods (those high in Arginine) cause some to break out. Keeping the area clean and dry helps (use a blow drier on low to make sure you are dry after showering, especially during an OB) and attacking it from the outside as well as the inside (if you are taking L-Lysine or Antivirals) helps too. If you are taking the meds for OB's, take a double dose as SOON as you feel the first tingle ... often you only have to take a few doses to stop the OB in it's tracks.


A lot of this thing is learning how to control and manage it (rather than allowing it to run your life ;) ). We have a lot of suggestions that help people ... I'll post them below ... once you find what works for you, it's easier to feel empowered around this.... ;)


I'll also post some links to help educate you about the virus ... the more you know, the more you can learn to cope with what ends up being a nuisance skin issue in a really inconvenient place ... believe me, I'm a 35 yr veteran and it's barely been an issue for me once I learned what it was and how to manage it...










Links to some of the items suggested in the links

http://tinyurl.com/pmosahc Link to Alum







http://herpeslife.com/herpes-forum/discussion/1624/herpes-medication-genital-hsv-1-how-to-keep-herpes-outbreaks-clean-dry#Item_22 My discussion amonium Alum)






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I'm coming up on the 28 year mark with herpes. Up until about 6 years ago I had fairly regular out breaks. The severity and duration went way down but they were fairly commone. I changed jobs almost 7 years ago now. I went from a very physically and mentally stressful environment to an extremly low stress enviornment. I've had maybe 5 outbreaks in that time. A couple I didn't notice until I looked down. I get the occasional prodome but hardly any outbreaks. For me, eliminating a bunch of stress did wonders. I have not taken an antiviral in over 17 years now. Hang in there. Take care of yourself and things will settle.

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