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I was diagnosed with HSV1 on my genital area a month ago. My outbreak was excruciating. I had about 6 large sores and couldn't really function for 2 weeks. I went to the Dr and got prescribed a week run of aciclovir and T3s for the pain. Although it was horrible, this website helped me so so so much with figuring out how to stay somewhat comfortable in my home. I thought I would share what worked for me in hopes it helps someone else. Of course, go to a Dr., the medicine helps things clear up faster and I dont think I could have survived without the pain meds. I also took extra strength advil to help with the pain and swelling.

1) Sitz Bath: These were LIFE SAVERS. I have a fairly big bathtub, and had found that in order to make it CONCENTRATED like I wanted it, I had to use large amounts of products. So I bought a large tin cooking pan that was about 15 cm high, large enough for me to sit in and have my lady parts covered. I would place this in the bathtub, and pour in about 1L of apple cider vinegar, or 3/4 cup of epson salt, or a mixture of both. Sometimes I also added a half a cup of rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide. I would then add hot water until it was filled up leaving a good few inches at the top. You want it hot, but not too hot, so make sure the temperature is right before adding it. If you have to dump some out because it is too hot/cool, just add in more vinegar or salt. Sit in this for about 15 minutes (or longer if you can, bring in your laptop, watch a tv show, get your mind off it!). IT WILL STING! Sometimes more than other, but the relief after is worth it, and I really feel like it was the only thing that was cleaning them and disinfecting and left me feeling not dirty. Afterwords have a warm body shower and wash your lower half with non scented soap. I kept a container in my shower that I could fill up and dump over my vagina from different angles while kind of sitting in the shower to ensure that i rinsed off all the soap.

After the shower, Dry your self off, and use a hairdryer on the cool setting to dry your lower areas. DRY IS GOOD! So spend time on this. Always be aiming to keep everything CLEAN AND DRY!

Once dry, I used a 40% rubbing alcohol 60% water mixture to further clean the area. Id use a swab on my outer areas where I didnt have any sores, and then FRESH q-tips for each sore. THIS STINGS LIKE HELL. But it worth it afterwords. Take deep breaths when you are going to apply something that is going to sting! Count to 10 while doing so and it will be over. I would then Blow dry the area again, apply t-tree oil to each sore (again fresh q-tip each time)(the cooling sensation can be intense when the sores are at their worse but it is WORTH IT for the relif this brings!!) (Hydrogen Peroxide doesn't string like rubbing alcohol as an alternative), blow dry gently, and then lay about. Wear oversized T-shirts or longer nighties. NO UNDIES whenever you can!

I would do this 2-3 times a day!!

When you do have to go out, wear very loose underwear (I got 'granny panties' a size too big for me), put a panty liner in them, and a generous amount of baby powder (unscented). I found this make any trips out I had to do bearable for a few hours. When I got home I would have a bath or shower to clean the baby powder away.

1) Pain when urinating: I was scared to drink water for the first few days, and as a result was getting very dehydrated. None of the tricks worked for me to keep the urine away from my sores. I would cry for about 15 minutes after peeing because of the pain, it wrenched through my whole body. What saved me is actually allowing myself to pee more by DRINKING LOTS OF WATER! When your urine is not diluted the pain is WAY less severe. Lean forward as far as you can while peeing, and immediately rinse the area with epson salt water (easy to do in the bathtub with a container). Then rinse with normal water. Then blow-dry, tea tree oil, and blowdry. While the sores are at their worst it will still hurt, but I found this to make it somewhat bearable. The second week into my outbreak when I left the house, I would bring Tucks WitchHazel pads with me and GENTLY clean the area after if I had to pee, apply more baby power to the pad in my undies, and was okay.
Dont be afraid of drinking water! The more you drink the less severe the pain!
Peeing WHILE in the shower and then rinsing with salt water is even BETTER!

Get a good portable mirror that you can set on the floor while you clean the area. By knowing whats going on down there, you can make sure you are keeping each sore clean and dry and try to lower any chances of anything spreading.

3) Vitamins - From suggestions on this site I began taking 4 500g Lysine pills throughout the day, 1 36g Zinc, one immune multivitamin, and 5 drops oil of oregano under the tongue
I plan on continuing to take 1 500g of Lysine, 1 immune multivitamin and zinc per day. I also am waiting on an order of Reshi Mushroom supplements that I plan on adding to this regime! And taking Increasing intake of others (oil of oregano, more lysine etc if I am feeling stressed or run down)

My symptoms first started two and a half weeks ago, so it took me two full weeks with this regime for things to heal, but after those two weeks I can now function again!!! If this is your first outbreak, please just know that things are probably at their worst now and you WILL get better! There is a light at the end of the tunnel!! My largest sore is almost healed now, and I have been able to function like a normal person this week. I am still having a few showers a day and applying tea tree oil, but pain is gone when urinating and the swelling had completely gone away.

Sorry this ended up being so long! But i think it was paying close attention to my outbreak that allowed me to find a way to be somewhat comfortable!

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