So, it has been about 7 months of living with my new friend, HSV2, and I’ve figured out a few things that seem to be working to keep my outbreaks under control.
After I was diagnosed, I took it very seriously and starting taking a ton of different vitamins and minerals…then, I got lazy and quite frankly just didn’t want to deal with it…and then BAMBAMBAM, outbreak after friggen outbreak! That is when I realized, this new friend is more of a stubborn bitch.
I am sharing my regime in hopes that it helps others who are also struggling/new to the HSV2 relationship.
Firstly, I have figured out my triggers; stress and exhaustion (like almost everyone else). Avoiding these two things is extremely difficult, but I find even deep breathing helps!
Second, I have not been lazy about taking my vitamins!
Currently, everyday I take:
- Multi-vitamin x2
- Vitamin C x2
Finally, I take Epsom salt baths nearly every day, and I apply extra strength Zinc Cream aka Diaper Rash Cream (lol) to the area my outbreak occurs, during an out break as well as when I have no outbreak at all. During an outbreak I also apply Apple Cider Vinegar to the sores to assist in fast healing. I also drink a TON of Green Tea! Drink it, drink it, drink it and then drink some more!
Since I have been sticking to this routine, it has been over a month and a half since I’ve had an outbreak! YAY!
Fingers crossed this keeps working for me, and maybe works for you too!