I was diagnosed with GH in January. I am 18 years old and I never would have thought I would be that 1 person out of 5. When I'm having an outbreak I hate everything, I become depressed and emotional. This has lowered my self esteem more than anyone could imagine. I'm trying so hard to stay positive about it all, but it's so much harder when you have to keep it a secret. It's embarrassing. I've had about 4 OBs since I was diagnosed, but none have been as bad as my first. No where near as painful as the first, but still so annoying and irritating. I didn't get this disease because I'm a slut, or a whore. I got it because my boyfriend performed oral sex on me while having a cold sore. Now that I have GH I don't fin any of the 'herpes jokes' funny, and I don't understand why people are so judgmental about the disease. I feel so alone in this situation. Anyway, the only thing that has helped me was to take a warm bath with lots of Epsom salt (soak in the salt water and rub some of the salt directly on the sores while in the bath), then put some peroxide in a spray bottle and spray the area, blow dry the peroxide into the sores making sure they are completely dry, and lastly, apply gold bond medicated body powder to the area for it to absorb all moisture and keep the area dry. I really hopes this helps someone else as it does me. I wouldn't wish this disease on my worst enemy.
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