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Painful Herpes Outbreak
How can I tell if I am about to or starting to have a herpes outbreak? Are there pre symptoms or indicators?
There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...Read more
Sure: It's possible. Everyone has a different threshold for pain. See a dentist soon for evaluation. ...Read more
Can drinking a lot of water make urine sample clear for uti? Having my primary herpes outbreak & starting to urinate is painful. Is this from herpes?
Maybe: If your urine is very dilute (watered down), the typical office test with the dipstick may not detect the white blood cells associated with infection. But a culture will still be accurate. But herpes hurts, so it would not be unusual for urination and wiping to hurt until the sores go away. ...Read more
When you have a genital herpes outbreak is it always a form of a blister? What other forms of an ob are there and are they always painful ?
Usually, not always: On dry skin, herpes lesions usually start as red bumps, within 1-2 days become blisters, then scabs that heal in 7-10 days. On moist surfaces (e.g. labia minor, vaginal opening) usually ulcers (open sores) rather than blisters. Most OBs are painful, especially ulcers, but some cause no symptoms or only minor ones, like a mild itch. Recurrent OBs usually are same area each time, +/- an inch or so, ...Read more
What are some home remedies for a herpes outbreak to make the painful urinating & burning stop , the swelling go down ? I have no insurance or money for a prescription. I have been diagnosed with herpes 1 & 2 for 2 years now. I am experiencing an outbreak
The : The only thing that I am aware of that some people have found some relief with is l-lysine supplement. However i must say the most effective and reliable treatment is an antiviral like Acyclovir or valtrex (valacyclovir). Research low or no cost clinics in your area. Your local county hospital is a good place to start. Also try family planning clinics, there may be free programs that will cover a visit and medication for herpes. Lastly, you can research patient assistant programs for valtrex (valacyclovir). You may be able to get some help there. You may even consider calling your previous doctor for a prescription for acyclovir. Places like walmart and target offer these medications for very reasonable prices (i believe $4 for 30 pills). Best of luck. ...Read more
See your doctor: While some people swear by decreasing stressors and eving supplementing with over the counter nutritionals, prescription meds may be required if your outbreaks are frequent or just to reduce the risk of passing the virus to a partner. Make an appointment to discuss with your doctor. ...Read more
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