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4 weeks ago my daughter had a diagnosis of HSV1...only one partner 1st boyfriend. He says he's been tested and is neg. I don't understand how.. Aside from that she has still got enlarged glands on one side of groin and also one side of neck. Is this common and also she still says she doesn't feel normal down there. She has had the worst time being devastated, in pain, and having repeated yeast infections it seems. She just can't seem to get on top of this awful condition. She is due for another check up but is so self conscience and even more so after all this. My question for her is how long can she be feeling discomfort like this for and how long do glands stay up? She is 19 and thinks her life is ruined now . It breaks my heart seeing her suffer.. Any help please??
I'm going to assume hsv1 genitally? did she have a lesion culture of genital symptoms that came back as hsv1+?
if she had to get genital herpes, hsv1 was the type she wanted to get! It on average doesn't reoccur very often and also doesn't shed much so even if a partner doesn't already have hsv1 orally to protect them, the odds of her transmitting it to a partner in general are very low.
make sure she is seen every time she has vaginal symptoms. they can test properly for yeast and bacterial infections to make sure they are properly treating what is going on. if she tends to get yeast infections frequently, sometimes going on oral antifungals for a few months is helpful. Also she can look at the condoms/lube she uses with her partner ( or they don't use them, they can start to make sure his semen isn't changing her vaginal ph ). also fem dophilis by jarrow is helpful. it's a probiotic that you take to replace the "good" bacteria in the urogenital tract in females so that the "bad" germs can't over grow as often to cause vaginitis. It has really good research behind it. just keep it in the fridge. You can buy it on amazon even easily.
the free herpes handbook we recommend in our read before posting post on the forum is also helpful for her. even though it's mostly hsv2 related, the basics are the same. also the patient counseling video on the same site is terrific too.
Thanks so much. Yes it's type 1 genital she has. I have massive trouble getting her to the doc. I do think she has vaginitis as it appears she's says she is really irritable and sore. She's in the middle of a 6 day treatment of canestan pressaries but after that I don't know what. I am in Australia so not sure if I can get that femdophillis here? I'll look into it. I've read everything people have been saying on here and it's so helpful and she is so much like everyone on here. Her problem is she thinks she's ruined and I can't get her to even read anything about it. Her boyfriend even wants to support her but she's even turning him away atm its terrible. From another sufferers point of view what can I say to get her to realise or make her feel she's not a bad person and that she will be able to have a great life... She's only 19 and very talented and loved by her friends.. She's just withdrawing big time from this condition
uric cap 5 is the name you'll probably find it under there. it's marketed as an uti probiotic mainly outside of the US I think. still has the same ingredients.
Remind her that this is an infection that 1 out of every 3 of her friends has either orally or genitally. Let her know it's ok to have a pity party for a few days but then it's time to pick herself up and get back to living life. The IDEA of having herpes is hard for many people to deal with. About half of people who have hsv1 genitally, never get another recurrence. The actual living with the infection isn't going to be a big deal for her - it's dealing with the psychological side of having genital herpes that is the hardest to get over. Remind her that you are there for her to talk to ( kudos to you for that!!! ) and remind her that now more than ever, she should be leaning on her bf for support! Our partners are there for us to lean on in times of trouble :) No one ever wants to contract genital herpes but thankfully it's easily treated and really isn't going to interfere with her sex life or life in general much.
Thanks soo much. You are so right many of those things I have told her.. She will come around but is at her worst now. I managed to get a product here called Candex and its stored in the fridge. I will be giving that to her tonight. I will let you know how we go once the pity party is finished
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