I'm a chronic sufferer , every day since acquiring it 11 months ago, I get it all over my body. Whats significantly made a difference is definitely Antiviral, eliminating nuts /seeds and certain grains (if i have them must use sparingly along with lysine), I take 3k lysine a day, used as a powder in my food and but I also take the pills. Increasing my vegetable consumption, green juices, and reducing meat/grain. Basically a mostly vegetarian diet. No processed foods, period. My body loves raw milk dairy works. This has made enough difference to help me deal emotionally cuz as many of you know, it can be hell. For a while i didn't believe it could be manageable but i have to say otherwise now. I hope one day I can be sypmtom free for a month, that's like a dream come true.
I did try going off antivirals once because I wasn't sure if they were helping, since I'm a daily sufferer. It was a mistake. Within 3 days I had the beginning of my first and worst vaginal outbreak that hasn't gone away, it's been 2.5 months, seems to get better but then escalates before it fully clears up. I also have chronic discomfort and inflammation in my anus, ugh, with mild sores that pop up often. I never get the classic blisters, just different kinds of round and oval shaped sores that crust over quickly, usually. I get rashes too and the classic funky nerve stuff. But the nerve stuff has lessened significantly over time, perhaps related to these positive dietary changes. I still need to reduce extreme stress, hoping this knocks it out of the ball park.