I have had various tests done on these sores and once did a blood test. The blood test of course came back saying I was HSV1+, but I already knew that. Any of the culture tests I had done always came back negative and I’ve even had them done at various stages to try to see if something could be caught at different stages of presentation. I know HSV tests are notoriously awful but what’s the best test you think I should try in order to really figure out if this is officially HSV? Would a PCR test help in this determination? I’ve asked a couple doctors’ offices about this test and they never seem to offer them. Do you know of any online/at home versions that offer a HSV PCR swab test?
Doctors prescribed a couple things to help me heal and suggested yeast infections once. I even got valacyclovir and acyclovir prescriptions. I mainly took valacyclovir because I read that it tends to work better than acyclovir. But honestly, it didn’t seem to help improve anything. I want to say that it did seem to assist with my cold sores some. I even at one point was taking them daily for maybe 3-4 months but it was still the same deal downstairs. How long does it typically take before people start to see real results with this medication if they tend to have frequent outbreaks? I was prescribed 500mg and went up to 1000mg with not much difference. So I’ve since decided to stop taking them and I sometimes may incorporate it when I feel a cold sore coming on. Are you aware of any alternatives to assisting with HSV healing or lowering the frequency of an outbreak?