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I was reading Planned parenthood site and it said that some people can shed the herpes simplex-1 virus(cold sores) and i wanted to know if that was true because i suffer from cold sores that hurt really bad and irratate the crap out of me and i want it to go away.I usually get one every month or every other month this month was crazy cause i got it twice this month and im so mad.So is that true and if there is a medicated medicine i can use cause herpincine L is not working for me and abreva couse to much for such a small tube.$24.50 wow is all i can say
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Well, shedding that sort of virus can take years, if it can happen for you.

In the meantime, you will want to find some solutions.

Preventing outbreaks is often VERY much helped by changing your lifestyle to simply be as healthy as you can, so your immune system stays working to fight them off.

As well, talk to your doctor: there are excellent medications for Herpes available to help reduce outbreaks.

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Also, I'm not sure that by "shedding" they meant getting rid of the virus.

From webmd
When it's active, it travels to the surface of the infected area (skin or mucous membrane) and makes copies of itself. This is called "shedding" because these new viruses can, at this time, rub off on another person.

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Just wanted to clarify what they meant by shedding. When you have any herpes viruses (either on the lips or in the genitals) there are times when you get visible sores and other times when you don't have sores, but you can still pass the virus if you have contact with somebody (i.e. kissing or vaginal touching). This happens because the virus can replicate below the skin without any visible signs and literally rub off on somebody.

Once you have been infected with herpes, you can never 'cure' it. However, most people have fewer and fewer outbreaks as time goes on.

Also, I feel like I should tell you that if you have lesions on your mouth or are shedding in the mouth area, the virus can be passed to the vaginal area of another with oral sex.

As far as reducing outbreaks, they do have medications but they are expensive if you don't have insurance. Most people can link their outbreaks - especially on the mouth - to stress. I would recommend working on stress reduction techniques. Exercise, healthy diet, etc. can help with this.

[ 03-23-2006, 08:52 PM: Message edited by: Erin E ]

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