So I have yet to find out if I actually DO have HSV-2, as my last "outbreak" was only on my lower left butt, had no prodrome stage, lasted 6 days from bumps to disappearing entirely, and had no other symptoms. The doc said it was probably not herpes, since I was pre-menstrual at the time, but to come back if another flare up happens. Today, about 4 days after my first few bumps had disappeared, a bunch more showed up. Now I'm worried, and just in case have been exploring medication options. I'm adverse to prescription meds, so what's the consensus on natural remedies? L-lysine, bee propolis, prunella and other mushrooms,etc. I know they boost the immune system, which is good regardless,but how can I find out if they really help with outbreaks, preventing/shortening OBs, and preventing transmission to others? I feel like in America its hard to get a real answer; every medicine site is either a scam run by the pharmaceutical industry, or hippie extremists.