A member asked:

Past 6 mths, hsv-1. been on valtrex (valacyclovir) 500mg 2x/day, now aciclovir 400mg 3x/day. meds not helping suppress daily sores. is breastfeeding activating it?

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Dr. Jane Van Dis answered

Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Sleep?: These viruses are super sensitive to stress, so if you are breastfeeding and therefore are sleep deprived, the lack of sleep, not the breastfeeding, may be reason that you are having a hard time fighting off the infection. Anything you can do to reduce stress and get more sleep is going to help! good luck!

Answered 8/3/2016

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