I’m almost through my week-long antiviral meds for my first genital HSV-1 outbreak, but I’m not seeing much improvement. I know various internet sources say that initial outbreaks can last for three weeks or more, but it’d be really helpful to hear first-hand experiences. I have to fly out to California to dog sit for my cousin in two days, and I’m not sure if I should call my doctor to get another antiviral prescription or at least a topical numbing agent so that I can get around without walking around like an injured turtle. Would any of you be willing to share your first-outbreak experiences to help give me a better idea of what I should expect in the coming weeks?
Hi! My first outbreak was balls. The anti-virals helped, but they took a while to kick in. If you’re out of town, it’s not a terrible idea to have your script refilled, just in case, even if you don’t end up using it. Ice is good for itchies. OTC pain meds are actually pretty useful.
Who else has pointers?
A topical numbing agent sounds great and I wish I’d had one. My Dr wrote me a script for Vicodin, which unfortunately just makes me feel horribly hungover, but maybe you could get something strong too. I wound up just alternating between naproxin and acetaminophen every few hours (they’re in different pain med groups apparently so you can take the full dosage of each every day without killing your liver - but still talk your pharmacist/doctor before doing so because I am not any sort of medical professional). Definitely continue the antivirals! I didn’t get my script for Valtrex until I was already sort of far along in my outbreak, so it took a while to start working. Pee in the shower when you can. Godspeed.