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I've had four outbreaks in one month since contracting this virus. I don't understand why my symptoms are so bad. I got herpes a little over a month ago from my boyfriend who "didn't know" because he never had or has symptoms. When he tested positive he was almost in denial because he just doesn't feel the effects. He drinks more than me, smokes, not really concerned about eating healthy.... While I'm the exact opposite and I wind up with symptoms that seem to indicate the worst case of herpes EVER!!! My outbreaks just keep coming as soon as one sore goes away, I get another one. I'm taking Acyclovir whenever another one comes up but it really doesn't seem to be helping. I'm so sick and tired of this. WHY???? My BF doesn't feel anything!!!!
Why do some people have it really bad and others don't feel a thing???? I take vitamins, eat healthy, use to excercise before these sores started controlling my life....I almost never get a cold, so I thought my immune system was strong (no I don't have HIV or anything else that I think might compromise my immune system) I just don't understand it. Any thoughts?
Yes, here are some thoughts: Smoking, drinking, "taking vitamins," and exercising have nothing whatsoever to do with whether or not you will have herpes outbreaks or how severe they will be.
Are you on a dose of acyclovir prescribed to treat acute outbreaks? (I don't know the exact dosage, but it would be higher than 400 mg b.i.d.)
Herpes symptoms vary from person to person. They also can vary from time to time in the same person. I went from about 3 outbreaks a year down to 0-1 these days when I'm not on medication. (On medication, I have 0 outbreaks.)
I would also make sure what you are experiencing is indeed herpes outbreaks "back to back." That sounds pretty extreme. (And a huge bummer.) Have you checked with your doctor to make sure these are all herpes-related and not something else? Is this your primary outbreak, or did you have outbreaks before this past month?
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