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Frequent Herpes outbreaks - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I'm having back to back herpes out breaks and cant take antivirals, dont know what to do
User :   that should say back to back outbreaks
Doctor :   hello
User :   hi
Doctor :   may i know your age and gender please ?
User :   40
User :   female
User :   hello
Doctor :   do you have anyother medical problem ?
User :   not really, have some kind of illness that hit me neurologicly a year ago, but had all the test and they said nothing was showing
User :   they called it BFS
User :   said it was caused by a virus
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   and are you on any medications ?
User :   nope
Doctor :   and why cant you be on antivirals ?
User :   they make me very sick for some reason
User :   they took me off of them
User :   but i used to only get on or two outbreaks a year, now its like 2 or 3 a month
Doctor :   did they tried any other class of antivirals ?
User :   I dont know, just know that they tried 3 different ones
Doctor :   well the ONLY way you can prevent the outbreaks is thru medications
Doctor :   there is no other ay
Doctor :   way
Doctor :   there are plenty types of antivirals you need to evaluate with your physician
Doctor :   there is no other way the outbreaks can be controlled otherwise
Doctor :   making some lifestyle changes may help reduce recurrent outbreaks.
Doctor :   like
Doctor :   1) lowering your stress levels and learning how to be better handle stress may be beneficial in preventing herpes outbreaks
User :   ok, should I be worried that there is something more serious going on with me since I used to only get one or two outbreaks a year and now I'm getting so many??
Doctor :   well no dont worry its only because the lack of medications
Doctor :   thats all
Doctor :   you do need to discuss the options of new class of drugs with your physician
User :   Ok I will do that, but I have to ask, isnt herpes supossed to slow down with outhbreaks some as the years go by, not become more frequent??
Doctor :   it depends on your body immunity
Doctor :   eat healthy
Doctor :   and stay fit
Doctor :   it does help
User :   could it be because I have been way less active this whole year, because of me getting sick last year
Doctor :   yes being sick lowers the immunity causing a increase in the outbreaks
User :   see I guess thats why I worry, because they said they cant find whats wrong, and now I'm getting all of these
Doctor :   there is substantial evidence regarding stress
Doctor :   so make sure you try to stay calm and not worry
User :   so you are saying that me being stressed over being sick could be whats causing them to be more frequent
Doctor :   yes that is a strong factor
User :   ok well I'll try the tips u suggested, and thank you again for your time
Doctor :   your most welcome
Doctor :   take care of your self
User :   thank you, you too
Doctor :   thank you
Doctor :   good bye
User :   bye:)
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