January 24, 2019 at 4:44 pm #29659
Hi Terri- Thanks in advance.
Last month, I received oral sex from a guy who unbeknownst to him had an active cold sore in his nose at the time. A week later i noticed a cut on the opening of my vulva, I paid close attention to it, and the next day a white blister appeared next to the cut, with a few other clusters of white bumps. I went to a walk in clinic who diagnosed me visually for HSV 1. I was put on 1mg of Valtrex 3x a day for 10 days. Later on I was told the blood test confirmed I had HSV-1 (so only 9 days after I received the oral sex, a blood test came back that i was postive for HSV-1), I have never had an oral cold sore before.
3 days later I went to a gynocologist, who did a swab of the sore, and later she confirmed that it was positive for HSV1
Since my diagnosis (1 month ago) I have had prodrome symptoms the entire time, mainly nerve sensation and itching, but never had another OB. I went to an Infectious Disease doctor this past friday, for flu like symptoms (large lympnodes + sore throat) and the continuos itching. The NP told me that the itching was not related to the herpes, and said i most likely had a yeast infection, she never swabbed me for the yeast infection, but gave me a one dose of diflucan- 150 mg. (she also said she didn’t believe the flu like symptoms were related to the herpes).
3 days later the itching had still not stopped, I returned to the gyn, and she swabbed me, and gave me 3 suppositories for a yeast infection. Yesterday I had a really high fever and the chills.
3 days later (today) the gyn called me to tell me that the culture revealed i did not have a yeast infection, or BV, or any other infection including the STIS included in the scan.
I am so frustrated. I have been dealing with pretty much constant itching for about a month now, the infectious disease NP said it wasn’t related to herpes and my gynecologist is saying it is not related to any bacteria or fungal infection.
Does this sound like anything to you
January 25, 2019 at 11:16 am #29688
I’m also a victim of genital HSV1, only ever had the one outbreak… I had a similar situation with the itching, went to gyno, wet prep was negative for yeast and BV, chlamydia and gonorrhea were neg… I even took valtrex for a week in case it was a herpes outbreak, did not go away. Finally the gyno ended up just prescribing me flagyl and diflucan, took both, still itchy. I decided to take a daily valtrex for a couple of days to see if it goes away, and also took a couple of epsom salt baths, and bought some moisture restore external comfort gel (brand Replens) bc I felt like the itching could possibly be due to dryness. It’s been a couple of days with this regimen and I feel a lot better. Hope this helps.
January 29, 2019 at 11:50 am #29919
For frustrated: I’m so sorry you are still itching but I seriously doubt it is due to herpes. You may wish to ask the ID or gyn people to do a bacterial culture of your labia to see if you might have some sort of bacteria growing there that is causing itching. HSV 1 is normally pretty darn quiet genitally.
February 8, 2019 at 1:07 pm #30399
Do you have any information about Generalized vulvodynia, and how it may be linked to herpes?
I am still experiencing itching,irritation and pain in my vagina, very much like prodome symptoms now 6 weeks after being diagnosed, but never had a second break out.
I have found very limited information about Generalized vulvodynia, and how one cause could possibly be nerve irritation and/or damage from Herpes.
Curious if you have heard of anyone experiencing this, or know about Generalized vulvodynia in general.
February 14, 2019 at 3:36 pm #30585
I am not aware of a link between generalize vulvodynia and herpes, no.
Taking Valtrex for a couple of days is not an adequate trial to see if the medicine will help you – I would suggest six weeks as a reasonable trial instead.
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