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24 August 2007 @ 10:14 am
after using cortizone and abreva, my physician said not to use those because they could make the sores worse.so i've been using zovirax and the cold sores haven't gone away. i'm still using zovirax, but i also bought some lysine tablets yesterday and started taking them this morning.
21 April 2007 @ 02:01 pm
Random questions..  But this is my first summer...

So I've read that sun can make you have an outbreak. Is that sun BURN or just sun in general? Because I'm kinda pale.. and I love a little colour in the summer. I would be so depressed if I felt like I should stay out of the sun altogether.

Also, has anyone tried laser hair removal? and If it causes outbreaks, possibly, then can I still get if I did a round of valtrex or something at the same time?

And does anyone use an antiviral cream? I've heard stuff like acyclovir cream? not like abreva.. but a prescribed cream, does this exist?

Thanks everyone. 
26 March 2007 @ 08:16 am
I am having a bad outbreak around my mouth. I'll see the doctor on Wedsday. Should I, in the mean time,  boil all my family's toothbrushes or just throw them out?
11 March 2007 @ 06:16 am
So, after I was diagnosed with HSV1 a while ago, I had it come back on a regular basis (although gradually diminishing). So, a couple of days ago, I decided to go talk to an oral surgeon. Things I found out:

1. The suggestion that HSV1 does not come out inside the mouth, which is circulated on the net on numerous sites, is false. Moreover, the great Valtrex doesn't work quite as well when HSV comes out inside the mouth.

2. We are in the stone age. Instead of suggesting adjustments in diet, he prescribed me an ointment. An ointment? Seriously now...

I've noticed a couple of things:

1. I feel weird when I take Valtrex + it seems to make the matters worse.
2. I changed toothpaste and outbreaks all of a sudden almost completely disappeared.

Of course, this could be all in my head.

In any case, I hope this information comes in useful. Talking to a dentist and oral surgeon seems to be better than talking to a physician.
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24 July 2006 @ 09:23 am
Okay, so I have a fever blister in the middle of my upper lip. It's been there for about a week and a half. I have been coating it with Abreva and my doc has me on Acyclovir. I'm wondering if I should puncture this blister or should I just let it go away on it's own. If I let it go on it's own, how long can I expect this monster to stay?

Also, can anyone suggest a one-a-day suppliment I can take to avoid future outbreaks?

14 December 2005 @ 01:30 am
"Definitly cut down the duration of the infection. I had a Primary Infection (firt time) last summer. Very painful, sores all over my chin, on my tongue. Gums terribly tender. Go to your dentist if you have oral herpes - they know much more than a G.P. and have many treatments for symtoms. Secondary outbreak was very short with the help of Valtrex"

From: http://www.askapatient.com/viewrating.asp?drug=20487&name=VALTREX

Also a good site to look at reviews for side effects of Valtrex.
14 December 2005 @ 01:26 am
Some interesting information about Valtrex:


Apparently it can lead to aggressive behavior and other complications as a side-effect.
09 December 2005 @ 06:35 pm
A question on Google Answers:

"what are the rates of asymptomatic shedding of Type 1 herpes virus?"

provides some very interesting information


They also reference a paper that seems to be pretty good, although a little old: