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Herpes, taking 3000 mg of Lysine & 2 packs of Emergen-C - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Acne or Herpes?! Hi Dr.! I have Herpes from my ex-boyfriend. Since then, I started taking 1500 mg of Lysine & "Emergen-C" vitamin pack everyday just to prevent those horrible outbreak. During outbreak, I take 3000 mg of Lysine & 2 packs of Emergen-C, & use salt to clean that area. I'm not sure if I'm having Herpes cuz I have lack of sleep lately & I just have period. However, the pump that I have that around my lip got dried up with a bit redness on the 3rd day (today). It looks like a pimple to me but there's no cut. I squeezed it yesterday & it looked like whitehead. I'm really worry if that is Herpes cuz I just kissed my boyfriend & I hope he didn't get it. Please help me, thank u! RY P.S. Also, I don't know if Lysine & Emergen-C vitamin really help me preventing those outbreak. People from online said it works, but to me, it's more like 50/50...
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   I am
Doctor :   How can I help you ?
User :   Hi Dr Tosh!
User :   I'm not sure if I'm having pimple or Herpes
User :   I have Herpes from my ex-boyfriend. Since then, I started taking 1500 mg of Lysine & "Emergen-C" vitamin pack everyday just to prevent those horrible outbreak. During outbreak, I take 3000 mg of Lysine & 2 packs of Emergen-C, & use salt to clean that area. I'm not sure if I'm having Herpes cuz I have lack of sleep lately & I just have period. However, the pump that I have that around my lip got dried up with a bit redness on the 3rd day (today). It looks like a pimple to me but there's no cut. I squeezed it yesterday & it looked like whitehead. I'm really worry if that is Herpes cuz I just kissed my boyfriend & I hope he didn't get it. Also, I don't know if Lysine & Emergen-C vitamin really help me preventing those outbreak. People from online said it works, but to me, it's more like 50/50...
Doctor :   Give me few moments to go through your query.
User :   NP! ;)
Doctor :   Are you mentioning about genital herpes or herpes labialis or both ?
User :   I don't have genital herpes
User :   it's oral
User :   it's only around lip area
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Usually we give Anti-viral drugs like Acyclovir
User :   is it a prescription drug?
Doctor :   OTC Drugs : A topical anesthetic such as viscous lidocaine (Dilocaine, Nervocaine, Xylocaine, Zilactin-L) may be prescribed to relieve pain associated with oral blisters and lesions.
Doctor :   Yes it is a prescription drug.
User :   Can I able to get it @ the counter?
Doctor :   It is anti-viral and is the best medication.
User :   Also, there's no pain on the pump
User :   it feels like pimple, but unsure
Doctor :   Care must be taken so that it does not spread to ear or causes , so better to use antivirals as soon as possible.
User :   can I able to get it without a prescription?
Doctor :   Mild uncomplicated eruptions of herpes simplex require no treatment. Severe infection may require treatment with an antiviral agent. Oral antiviral drugs include
1.acyclovir (Zovirax),
2.valacyclovir (Valtrex),
3.famciclovir (Famvir),and topical aciclovir or penciclovir (Denavir), (creams) may shorten attacks of recurrent HSV-1 if it is applied early, usually before lesions develop.
User :   Is Novitra good?
Doctor :   I think topical ointments can be taken without prescription but no tabs. without a prescription and even i am not allowed to nprescribe as it is against medical norms.
Doctor :   Novotra is just a cold sore balm.
Doctor :   wont help much
User :   But one thing that I want to know is if the red pump around my lip is Herpes or pimple...
Doctor :   aciclovir or penciclovir (Denavir), (creams) would be more helpful.
User :   Zovirax is a cold sore cream
User :   same as Novitra, right?
Doctor :   Ok, For that you need to send me a pic of the lesion or pustule that you got, And Zovirax would be of more help as it has got some amount of antiviral in it.
User :   how do I send the pic to u? Also, it dried up today, which is 3rd day
Doctor :   Can you tell me if there is a symptom of this sort : Many patients are able to anticipate an outbreak when they notice a warning sign (a tingling sensation, called a prodrome) of the approaching illness. It is when they feel signs that an outbreak is about to start that they are particularly contagious, even though the skin still appears normal Doctor :   2.Sores typically come back near the site of the first infection. Usually, as the outbreaks recur, there are fewer sores and they heal faster and are less painful.
User :   I don't feel any tinging
User :   It's just a simple red pump
User :   when I squeezed it, it has white puss, then it flattened
Doctor :   I feel you can easily make out the difference between a pimple and herpes.
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   What is teh size ?
Doctor :   size of the pustule ?
User :   well, I'm not sure because the pump is around the lip area
Doctor :   more time?
User :   hi
User :   I just paid for extra time
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   The size is about 1/6 of a dime
User :   like a regular size of a pimple
Doctor :   Ok, has it been recurring ?
User :   unsure
Doctor :   have you ever had it before, at least one around your lips ?
User :   I take Lysine & vitamin, & fruits (strawberries or apple) daily
User :   yes
User :   it always around the same spot, but this time, it's on the other side of my lip
User :   which is never happen before
Doctor :   So that confirms it very much.
User :   ?
Doctor :   exactly , you can zero on herpes.
User :   so, is that pimple?
Doctor :   you can zero on herpes.
User :   is that mean it's not herpes?
Doctor :   not a pimple though acne are also recurring, do you have pimples or acne anywhere else on face ?
Doctor :   it means it is Herpes .
User :   1 that's close to forehead
User :   o... damn
User :   is it contagious even it dried up
Doctor :   It is contagious, you might infect your boy friend.
User :   o... shit
Doctor :   Dont worry..it can be reduced to almopst no infection if treated early .
Doctor :   please start taking antivirals after you consult a dermatologist.
User :   But it sucks
User :   but how come I take Lysine & vitamin & still getting herpes?
User :   I thought that it helps under control
Doctor :   Herpes cannot be controlled by just lysine or vitamins
User :   I take 1500 mg of Lysine daily & 1000 mg of vitamin C daiuly
User :   so, what should I do?
Doctor :   it is cause d by viral infection and is contagious.
User :   what should I do to prevent it?
Doctor :   Steps to follow : User :   ?
Doctor :   1. Visit a derm. immediately
User :   Then?
Doctor :   2. atke a small smear test or a biopsy
User :   what is it do?
Doctor :   it will microscopically say whether is is viral or just a pimple or anything else ?
User :   ic
User :   Is regular family Dr ok?
User :   cuz i don't know any dematogist
Doctor :   3.These are the steps to be followed and start using the ointment that i have mentioned
User :   ic
Doctor :   yes a family physician is good enough
User :   I hope it's just a pimple
User :   because it dried like other pimple I have in the past
Doctor :   4. please take a print out of the chat transcript , from your userid and login window at healthcaremagic and discuss with the family doctor.
User :   I thought Herpes will take it more than a week
Doctor :   5. keep taking lots of fruits and veggies and juices
User :   I did
User :   I also tried to avoid any foods that will trigger Herpes
User :   but it's hard
Doctor :   6. And avoid sexual contact without protections and oral contact or even same towels or linen.
User :   ok
User :   I just only hope that my boyfriend didn't get it
Doctor :   I feel he should also be tested for it.
Doctor :   to rule out.
User :   I think I have to pay for more time... wait
Doctor :   Thank you for consulting me.
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   back
User :   well, my bf is a doctor too
Doctor :   Hi
User :   & i don't know how to tell him that
Doctor :   That is wondreful
Doctor :   Say Hi to thedoctor
User :   well, what I'm concerning is I don't know how to tell him that
User :   I don't know if he would get angry
Doctor :   Dont worry.
User :   I only know he has experience in sex, but unsure about that nasty herpes
User :   & I hope that he didn't get it if that dried pump is herpes
User :   how should I tell him that?
Doctor :   Just be brave and speak to him like you are showing him sopmething unusual that happened to you?
User :   so, if it's Herpes, so is that means that he will get it, too?
Doctor :   like a doctor - pateint
User :   but the relationship between me & him is gf & bf
Doctor :   Then i would say first show to your family physician., if proven positive then discuss with him for his preventive action.
User :   ic
Doctor :   Until it is proven dont tell him, it might be simple pimple right ?
User :   true
User :   cuz I have herpes in the past & I know what it looks like. There's like a pump w/ a cut
User :   but this time, there's no cut at all
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   'that's y I'm confused
User :   bcuz it formed between nose & lip
Doctor :   So dont worry, but show to your family physician and rule out any herpes.
User :   but the family dr opens on Mon
User :   I don't know if I can able to show the Dr. by MOn cuz it dried up
Doctor :   No worries, use the ointment that i told you till then.
User :   the ointment that u mentioned, which I just ordered from WWW.WWWW.WW User :   cuz I can't find that in store
Doctor :   Ok
User :   so, I'm just using Novitra
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   however, I used the ointment for Acne on the area that just got dried up, it works too
User :   so, I'm not sure what that is
Doctor :   But use acyclovir ointment or framycetin ?
User :   no
User :   just a regular medicine for acne
User :   breakout treatment from Boscia
User :   R u here, Dr.?
Doctor :   Yes Ryung.
User :   that's the only thing I used for that area before it got dried up
User :   So, what do u think?
Doctor :   please use acyclovir ointment or framycetin, it is more help ful tahn harmful.
User :   Cuz I tried Novitra on the red pump & didn't go away, but acne medicine help reduced the pump
Doctor :   Or at least Zovirax
User :   well, I'm just telling that what I've used
User :   cuz I just ordered Zoviraz
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Pls. continue my advise
Doctor :   and hope you get well soon.
Doctor :   take care, bye for now.
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