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Valtrex Causes More Outbreaks
Since starting Accutane i've experienced more frequent herpesvirus outbreaks consisting of more lesions. Why? Valtrex (valacyclovir) and Accutane together?
Possibly related: There are some reports in the literature of increased h. Simplex perioral outbreaks with Isotretinoin use. Some dermatologists recommend pre-treatment with herpecidal medication (such as valtrex) for one week prior to starting Isotretinoin in those with a history of outbreaks. ...Read more
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Very unlikely: Two different conditions, can't find a relationship, ...Read more
Herpes: Outbreaks from herpes happen at the site that one was infected. They do not travel or migrate elsewhere on the body. The reason we no longer define herpes by the words 'oral' and 'genital' is that you can get these viruses on any part of your body exposed to them. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Agree w Dr. Fisher.: Yes- there is a direct association. What do you do to manage your stress? To address stress: talk about feelings ; address problems. Don't avoid them. Aim for 7.5 - 8 hrs of sleep/ night. Daily physical activity is optimal in green space. Eat healthfully. Cut out junk carbs, caffeine ; alcohol (or moderate). Try qi gong, tai chi, acupuncture, acupressure, homeopathy, meditation, yoga ; exercise. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Which is more severe, dangerous & contagious? Hsv 1 or HSV 2? How to prevent & have as much less outbreaks as possible? What's the best antiviral?Help
All can work: All can work. Some experts feel the newer agents and especially valcyclovir are better, but each can help. The choice depends on several factors - how often someone wants to or can take the med, for example. The main issue is usually cost and whether one or the other is covered by insurance. If not coverage, Acyclovir is much cheaper. ...Read more
Yes: An estimated 80% of americans have been exposed to herpes simplex virus type 1. However, not all of those people will get cold sores. It depends on your immune system. Cold sores are painful liquid filled blisters that can occur on the lips, roof of the mouth or the gums which are caused by the herpes simplex virus (hsv-1). Tingling ;/or pain can herald the oncoming of cold sore 1 to 2 days prior. ...Read more
Severity v frequency: The initial infection and recurrent outbreaks of genital herpes are not significantly different between HSV 1 and HSV2. The main difference is that recurrent genital HSV1 outbreaks usually are much less frequent (typically only once a year, often no recurrences at all) than HSV2 (usually 3-8 times a year). For either virus, most recurrent outbreaks are mild. ...Read more
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