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Are there any alternatives to valtrex (valacyclovir) suppressive therapy for hsv 2 outbreaks? What are the physical triggers of outbreaks? Weightlifting?

Are there any alternatives to valtrex (valacyclovir) suppressive therapy for hsv 2 outbreaks? What are the physical triggers of outbreaks? Weightlifting?

Recurrent herpes: Acyclovir (Zovirax (acyclovir) and generics) and famciclovir (Famvir) also are available, but valayclovir (Valtrex®) usually is best. Oral HSV1 outbreaks are often triggered by local injury (e.g. sunburn) or other infections (hence the names "cold sore" and "fever blister"). But there are no well documented triggers of genital HSV2 outbreaks, either physical or psychological; outbreaks are random. ...Read more

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How much monolaurin is recommended daily for treatment of hsv-2?

How much monolaurin is recommended daily for treatment of hsv-2?

None, unless...: Unless there are some good, human research studies that show there is a definite beneficial effect with monolaurin, there is no need to use it for herpes. Testimonials and marketing hype do not count as research. Since monolaurin is not a real, fda-approved medication, one cannot be sure about the products for sale (may vary in purity, additives, effects, side effects, etc...). ...Read more

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Is it true that there have been cases where patients have tested negative for hsv-2 after a year if treatment when they were previously hsv-2 positive?

Is it true that there have been cases where patients have tested negative for hsv-2 after a year if treatment when they were previously hsv-2 positive?

It depends...: If the original test positive detected the virus from a genital area sore (culture or PCR), you definitely have HSV2 and your recent negative (blood?) test is false. If the first was a blood test, most likely that one was false and you may not have HSV2 after all. Maybe more to say if you would like to post a new question with details, including numerical results of blood tests (both HSV1 and 2). ...Read more

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I have had HSV 2 16 years.Does HSV 2 shorten my life without treatment?

No: I have never heard of hsv2 infection shortening life expectancy. ...Read more

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Can a treatment to remove molluscum in genital area cause an outbreak in an hsv-2 positive person?

Can a treatment to remove molluscum in genital area cause an outbreak in an hsv-2 positive person?

Likely not: While skin injury (like a sunburn) can lead to a recurrent bout of herpes, molluscum treatment is not likely too so. That being said I am sure there may be some reports of just that in the medical literature. Still, it is not a common occurrence. ...Read more

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Does diet impact frequency of hsv 2 outbreaks? If suppressive therapy is taken, what time of day is best?

Does diet impact frequency of hsv 2 outbreaks? If suppressive therapy is taken, what time of day is best?

There is /are: no medical data or evidence based medical studies showing the direct effect of nutrition on outbreaks of hsv2! As long as the suyppressive therapy is taken REGULARLY and DAILY likewise no evidence that the TIME of day makes a difference! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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In addition to suppressive therapy, what else should a person do to reduce frequent hsv 2 outbreaks? What can be done to strengthen the immune system?

Sorry, not much: Unfortunately, no proved methods. Maintaining health (rest, exercise, balanced diet) is always good. Avoid things that seem to trigger oubreaks, but clear triggers are rare for genital HSV2; outbreaks are random and don't indicate immune system weakness. Suppressive therapy is the only thing that works reliably. Frequent "outbreaks" while on suppression usually turn out to not be herpes. ...Read more

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My girlfriend and i both have hsv-2, she is on suppressive therapy, I have finished mine but have an outbreak. Can the virus spread more between us?

My girlfriend and i both have hsv-2, she is on suppressive therapy, I have finished mine but have an outbreak. Can the virus spread more between us?

No you already have: You are already infected and can not get more infected, but if you have an outbreak you should be on suppressive therapy as well talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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I have hsv-2 and i'm in daily Valtrex (valacyclovir) therapy, can I use steroids (wistrol)? Does it have any interaction with the disease or medication?

Anabolic steroids: These are not likely to have interactions with valacyclovir or your hsv infection, but you should double check with your pharmacist who has access to up to date computer records of interactions. You should also strongly reconsider the reasons for taking these. ...Read more

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Besides daily anti-viral therapy, what else can I do to keep the hsv-2 under control? Any diet or natural remedies to use?

Herpes Two: Nope. Unfortunately the more we learn about herpes the more confused it can all seem. Daily therapy to suppress outbreaks is very effective. Daily therapy to turn down your viral shedding is about 50% effective. ...Read more

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If you get mild genital outbreaks while on suppressive therapy, what condition could you have other than hsv 2? Are there co occuring skin infections?

If you get mild genital outbreaks while on suppressive therapy, what condition could you have other than hsv 2? Are there co occuring skin infections?

Outbreaks: A recurring skin rash is suspicious for having HSV2 rashes and makes me wonder if you may need to increase your dose of suppression therapy, or change the medication you take. It also raises concerns for immunosuppression. You should do bloodwork to check you immune system, usually includes a CBC with diff, an HIV test, and perhaps serum immune globulins. ...Read more

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Had 2 cbc 3 mths apart, wbc were 5.10 and 6.30 nuphril was 2.64 and 3.95lymph were 1.84 and 1.75 , are these results normal? Had two hsv 2 outbreaks

 Had 2 cbc 3 mths apart, wbc were 5.10 and 6.30 nuphril was 2.64 and 3.95lymph were 1.84 and 1.75 , are these results normal? Had two hsv 2 outbreaks

All is normal: Your WBC, neurtrophil, and lymphocyte counts are normal. They naturally vary and there is no evidence of any health problem. These results have nothing to do with your HSV2 infection. ...Read more

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Had 3 small pimples on penis. Two on the shaft one on the head. Hsv 2 neg and hsv1 pos. 2 weeks later look better but have 4 fluid filled pimples ?

Had 3 small pimples on penis.  Two on the shaft one on the head.  Hsv 2 neg and hsv1 pos. 2 weeks later look better but have 4 fluid filled pimples ?

Many causes: There are many reasons or causes of oral, genital, or other skin type lesions. Herpes is only one viral infection. See your medical doctor or a dermatologist to be diagnosed and treated properly. ...Read more

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May have come in contact with hsv 2?

May have come in contact with hsv 2?

Needs to be treated: All we can suggest is if you are sure you had unprotected sex with a partner who had active lesions of genital herpes.Then you should consult your family physician as you may need anti viral antibiotics.And if you already have rash suggestive of genital herpes,you also need a consult with your doctor for treatment.If you are not sure then you may just need to be observed.Use condom to prevent ...Read more

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Can you get hsv-2 from eating from someone who has it ?

Can you get hsv-2 from eating from someone who has it ?

No: Herpes virus cannot be transmitted from food utensils or food. Herpes is spread by skin to skin contact where an open sore is secreting the virus, or it is actively being shead (as with the cervix of the uterus). ...Read more

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Hsv-2 DNA can I have baby?

Hsv-2 DNA   can I have baby?

Yes: You have to watch for an outbreak around the time of delivery and take Acyclovir if this is suspected, but yes you can have a baby! ...Read more

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What is the difference between hsv-1 and hsv-2?

Let me explain: Cold sores (fever blisters) are small, painful, fluid-filled blisters that occur on the lips, mouth, nose, chin, cheeks, and throat. They are most commonly caused by the herpes simplex type 1 virus (hsv-1). Less often, however, they can be caused by herpes simplex type 2 (hsv-2), the virus that most often causes genital herpes. ...Read more