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Hi! I was diagnosed with HSV 1 on my vagina almost 1 year ago. I’m currently fighting an outbreak right now via Valtrex. I finished my prescription 2 days ago. My sores are so tiny now and I was wondering if I need to keep taking the meds to finish them off or will they heal on their own at this point? Also- can I shave? Or will that cause them to start back up again?

 I’m desperate... any help is appreciated!!!

thanks!

Lucy

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Hi

If you have finished taking your prescription, you don't normally need anymore, it will heal on its own.
I used to put cold sore cream on sores to finish them off.

I would advise you not to shave until at least being clear & even then be careful & make sure razor is sharp.

Wish you all the best 🙂

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To piggyback off of @Amando's advice, since you're at the year mark, on average most people take 6 months to a year on average for their immune systems to really get the virus under control (there are exceptions to the rule, of course, but it's a good gauge). So know that in addition to whatever meds you're taking, your body is also doing a great job of healing up outbreaks and helping you have less and less outbreaks in the future. There was even a period of time when I wasn't in relationship and wasn't having sex, so I didn't take suppressive or episodic medication and I would just let outbreaks run their course on their own. 


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