How to improve immunity to prevent recurrent HSV-2 infection?

Q. I have HSV-2 infection for the past one month. How to build immunity against it?

Answered by
Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar
and medically reviewed by Dr. Vinodhini. J
This is a premium question & answer published on Jan 10, 2021 and last reviewed on: Sep 15, 2023

Hi doctor,

I am diagnosed with HSV-2 last month from skin-to-skin contact with an asymptomatic boy. I took Valacyclovir for about four days, and the lesion on the right vaginal wall (one small cut), pain, burning, and pins and needles went away for the most part. But at times, I am feeling a strong urge to itch in the anus area. I started applying eucalyptus or clove oil, and I am doing yoga, cycling, and eating healthy to build immunity. I got my period before two days, and I felt a slight pain on my right vaginal wall, which did not happen before. I am also feeling burning but cannot tell if this is herpes or period-related.

When I went to the Obgyn, she said most people have one or two outbreaks and can stay dormant. She has also mentioned that once I take the Valtrex, all symptoms should go away. I also asked another doctor, who said that the herpes virus stays at the nerve root for two to three years. So, is this a sign of the herpes pain being permanent in my body? Is this a sign of another outbreak?

I am 28 years old and no health conditions. My father has thyroid, BP, and cholesterol. I am not sexually active, and but I drink alcohol and eat cheese foods sometimes. I am hoping to improve my immunity and never have the outbreaks again. Please help.



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I can understand your concern.

Yes, the herpes virus remains dormant in our body. So you might be having herpes virus in your body despite taking Valacyclovir. But I do not think this current symptom is due to the herpes virus. Because herpes virus will cause pain or burning only when it has some skin changes like rashes or blisters or cuts.

Do you still have cut? Can you send me the picture of the right vaginal wall?

Yes, immunity plays a pivotal role in herpes activation.

Thank you doctor,

No, the cut is now gone and all healed. I am just asking if these symptoms will continue for life term?



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I can understand your concern. I have already mentioned that I do not think this current symptom is due to herpes. This is mostly due to the menstrual cycle. But whenever you get stress or low immunity, there are high chances of getting herpes symptoms back.

I hope this helps.

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