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Posted by Nycole (Newport News, Va) on 05/10/2014

I'm having a hv2 outbreak and I'm trying acv and it burn.? I'm 20 and 37 weeks pregnant and I had an ob a week ago so I went to my obgyn to see what it is so I find this website today and decided to try Apple Cider Vinegar and it burns each time I try it. Does that mean its working or no but I'm doing it everytime after I use the bathroom. Help please

Replied by Mama To Many

Dear Nycole,

You might try diluting the vinegar with water. 1 part vinegar, 3 parts water.

You could also try Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, topically. This is generally very soothing to the skin.

I hope you can get this resolved soon and be ready to enjoy that new baby! Congratulations!

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Hellodmv

Re: Apple Cider Vinegar for Genital Herpes Burning. Despite what some sites say, this was researched by NIH that it works. Make sure you mix with water and only do it for 3 days to help kill the virus. Since you are expecting I would try lemon balm creams. It's not harsh and proven medically to work.

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Replied by Unknown

So do Apple Cider Vinegar n baking soda take hsv 2 away or do the baking soda help with breakouts? I'm asking because since I got the news I been very depressed and looking for natural cures to take the virus away.

Posted by Jenny (Perth, Western Australia) on 11/25/2011

Into day 5 of using ACV with Mother topically on a genital herpes blister and have not had a single itch. I apply it with a cotton wool ball each time after using the toilet and hold it on there for 15-20 seconds or until it starts to sting. By day 2 the blister had turned white; by day 4 it turned into a hard, black scab. It's still there, but is definitely going away faster than if I'd just left it alone and - bonus - no itching!

Replied by C
Detroit Metro, Mi

A hard black scab?! Good lord Jenny, this sounds like a syphilus sore. Get yourself checked immediately. Syphilus can be treated and cured but if left untreated can sterilize, paralyze and eventually kill you.

Posted by Hauteg (Lake Worth, Florida, Usa) on 05/07/2010
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Hi ...I researched the web for any help for a viral infection and found this site ....Thank GOD, for help with my GH.

I have been having outbreaks for 17 years and have tried everything that the pharmacy and the doctors offered to no avail. Apple Cider Vinegar is the first thing that has ever done any real good. I had a breakout that was piggybacked on a prior one and was experiencing a new breakout coming ...about 2 months of this going on... and I read all the reports here and decided to try the Apple Cider Vinegar.

I am keeping the ACV in a small cup with a lid in my bathroom and everytime I use the toilet I take a cotton swab and dip it into the ACV and then directly onto the sores that are located from my bottom to my front. I would guess about 10 sores and I apply the ACV about 10 times a day.

It burns for a moment but I am pleased to say that all the sores are clearing up. 3 days! I am pain free for the first time in months! Apple Cider Vinegar Works .... Thank you for this forum.

Replied by Lost
Gaithersburg, Md

Does this mean you are not taking any medications prescribed by Dr's like Valtrex, etc... ? and just trying the natural way with the vinegar?

Replied by Herp
Toronto, Ontario
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I tried ACV and for the first few days it did help with some relief of swelling and itching but aft 4 days now the area is irratated and dried out and almost burnt and the lesions are still as they would be normally at this phase so I would say AVC helps but is not anything outstanding or great. As a matter of fact I think it sort of made things a little worse, so use carefully.

Replied by Won'tbackdown
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I have to agree. I am currently suffering an outbreak and have tried several of these remedies in hope of some relief. I applied ACV on a cotton ball to my sores. It has burned the skin and it looks awful!!! It has definitely made it a lot worse for me. I do, however, believe in ACV. I drink 2 table spoons in distilled water twice a day for my allergies and is helped there. Just don't put it on your skin!! Or at least use caution!!!

Replied by Tina
New York

You need to dilute it. It burned me as well while I was using it without diluting. Works perfect now. Also oil of oregano.

Replied by Kevin

I have had lesions for three days now painfully becoming worse, funny part is if this is the herpes virus it has remained dormant in my system for a long time. I have gotten checked and am waiting for results, I was prescribed anti bacterial medication along with cream but knowing herpes is a virus I am positive if it isn't bacterial infection they won't work. I just used ACV on all my lesions and am in a little bit of pain from the stinging. Will definitely update tomorrow on progress and test results. Wish me luck and thank you for this remedy!

Posted by Vera (Nashville, Tn) on 08/03/2009
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ACV and Genital Herpes Outbreak: I tried ACV topically on a whim for a few lesions by my labia.. it did sting some, however after 2 days, the lesions went away.. amazing.. i LOVE ACV...

Posted by Anne (Richmond, VA) on 07/20/2009

Hi my name is Anne and I was dignosed with GH last April. I hadn't been sexualy active in quite a few years, so I was kinda alarmed. I didn't realize nor did I know that GH can lay dormat in your body for years. I had went to a accupunturist and we had discussed seveal different things to eat and not to eat. She told me NO artificial sweetners.. She got me drinking the ACV and several other things. I had been on this diet for quite awhile and hadn't had any problems until last friday. I kept thinking what did I do differently? The only thing I could think of was I was at a friend's house and I drank a sugerfree drink. Within about 5 hours I had a small blister. On a whim I looked up the health benefits of ACV and found this website. I am soooo glad that I did. It is awesome.. It confirmed the artificial sweetners.. Who knew? No more for me.. I will also not only drink the ACV, but use it if I were to get a sore. Thank God for this website.

Posted by Sac (Columbia, MO) on 06/04/2009
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ACV for Herpes (genital)

I'm a believer! I have suffered from herpes for over 15 years now and I think I am one of the lucky ones. My outbreaks are few and far between but when they come on, the come on strong. I was on Valtrex for a while but my outbreaks are so infrequent I did not see the point. Also, Valtrex did not stop outbreaks and when I had to double up during an outbreak, I felt ill to my stomach and did not see the length of outbreak get any shorter. So, I quit. I have tried several things since then (Zorivex, tea tree oil). I have had 2 outbreaks in the past 18 months. I came here yesterday (this is the second outbreak) to look for some options.The tea tree seemed to help but I wanted something to shorten the duration. Started applying ACV last night via cotton swab, slept with a cotton swab on infected area last night. OH MY GOSH! I can tell it is almost gone. Soreness is almost completely gone from lesion and the swollen lymph node is noticeably less sore. I will continue to use for another few days but, at this rate, I am looking at a recovery time of 2 maybe 3 days as opposed to 7 maybe 10 days. I also plan to try Ted's solution. I do believe there is a cure for this and I am tired of being at the mercy of this virus. Thank you to Earth Clinic and all who contribute. Thanks to this site, I see light in the darkness that is herpes.

Replied by Jeneen D.
Brooklyn, Ny

Could you please explain to me what is Ted's solution?

EC: This post:

Posted by Mario (Jaragua do sul- SC, Brazil) on 01/16/2009
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Searching on net one year ago, desperate to find something that could help me to fight Herpes, I saw EarthClinic, and started using ACV ever since and never have recurrents anymore, thanks God for this website and thank you very much for your help.xx

EC: Thank you so much for updating us after one year!

Posted by Crystal (South GA, GA) on 03/27/2008
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I break out in hives from food allergies. The last rash of hives was very bad and would stop itching so I rub AVC on it and it burned but the itching stopped and the rash wash gone in about a week.

I also have herpes so I though I would try it on a sore and again the itch disappeared and the sore healed in two days. Next I am going to try drinking it and hopefully it will help prevent the allergies and outbreaks. I applied the AVC twice a day with a cotton ball.

Posted by Mad (Miami, FL) on 10/23/2007
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I was diagnosed with Genital Herpes last year and all I can say that is destroying me, little by little. I was happy to have found your site, you were a Godsend! This month has been a horrible month, lots of stress in my life, so you all know what that means, I've had outbreak after outbreak! I was desperate, since I hate taking drugs I decided to try Apple Cider Vinegar and for the most part it worked right away. No inching or tingling, all gone. But nothing is perfect. I used it on a breakout on my left butt cheek (it was pretty bad) and again it worked right away, but the skin in that area has now become raw hamburger meat, it's so tender, I can hardly sit down! Could it be that I applied it incorrectly? Please can someone help me out??!!! I love the instant results that I get from using ACV, but the aftermath has been a bitch!!!!!!

Replied by Kass
Phoenix, AZ

yeah, try diluting it. vinegar is very acidic, and applied to skin directly and undiluted can cause irritant reactions :)

Replied by Ash
London, UK
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hi there, after using acv and your skin burn and became like burger that's normal ... keep doing throw out the day ( every time acv dries) to help your skin helling and scar free use honey ( has to be pure :manuka honey is the best) befor you go to bed for 1 or 2 weeks then you will see the defirance ... offcoures god created all this stuff and he's the healler you have to bear that in mind and thank him .trust me that the secret of the remedey... wich you all the best and sorry about my writting ,english is my third lingo

Replied by Natalie

To the post where skin feels like hamburger meat....use cornstarch on it this will dry it up take away soreness us cotton ball dab it just a bit in water and dsb several times daily... U can even add it on sore dry...I get breakouts dealing with one regrment I'd AVC....coconut.oil.then cornstarch to dry and heal..... Good luck hope this helps u...

Replied by Herb Med

Apple Cider Vinegar is ACID. So, acid burns the skin. If you were to leave it there long enough, days, it may very well burn a hole in your skin. Garlic, the juice, is a very powerful ACID as well.

Posted by Dave (Colorado Springs, CO) on 06/05/2007
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I have had genital herpes for quite some time but have had few problems pop up over the years. But when they do, it's devastating. I've tried all kinds of pharmaceutical ointments and they work eventually after a period of days have gone by. The other day I had a "breakout of one". And if you have this problem ONE is all you need to screw up the next week to 10 days. I had been reading about apple cider vinegar and decided to put it on me but a bandaid was out of the question for me and the area concerned. So I did this. Before bed I soaked the first 4 inches of an ace bandage wrap in apple cider vinegar...both sides until it was saturated. I then wrapped this around my unit on the problem area, continuously wrapping until the wrap was finished. It was only about 12 inches long. I then put a piece of tape over the wrap to hold it in place and let the ACV do its work and went to bed. Holy crap! The next day the swelling was completely gone and the blister was done. With the exception of me knowing where the blister was you can't even tell I've had anything. Just because I'm overly cautious I'm gonna do it again tonight.

Women, I would suggest soaking a cotton ball down and using a bandaid that can peel off easily...maybe children's bandaids? Regardless, do it and let it work overnight while you sleep. ACV won't bother your skin at all. Hope this helps at least one person.

Replied by Louisa
Austin, Texas
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Dave, your remedy worked for me exactly as you said! Thanks for sharing that!

Replied by Devastated Diva
Seattle, Wa

I just found out i have "it" a few days ago so this being my first outbreak i am a complete mess. I had a horribble day yesterday and wanted some comfort and i found this site. It is soooo painful and i was feeling like i cant deal with this anymore. after so many of u suggested acv i decided to try it. i cried when it was applied as it hurt soooo bad, but that only lasted for about 10mins. now the swelling is almost all the way down and it doesnt hurt like yest. today i took ur advice and soaked a cotton ball and sit in on there. it already feels better. i cant believe this works, its amazing. im so happy i found this site,i was going crazy, feeling alone as i dont want to bother my partner everytime i feel or see somthing there a chat room on here?

EC: No chat room, sorry!

Replied by Vane
5 out of 5 stars

This soooooo helped me!!!!

Replied by Herb Med

This is wrong: suggesting that women or anyone else for that matter, "use a cotton ball with ACV and tape it in place of the sore over night". depending on the type of skin, some skin types can handle the acid, other type of more sensitive skin may get damaged from acid burn. -- A lady stated in this forum that just by applying ACV a couple of times per day, her skin turned raw and she could hardly sit. Imagine if she had taped the acid to her skin over night.

Posted by Austin (Fayetteville, NC) on 05/27/2007
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Apple Cider Vinegar. I am a former wrestler who contracted herpes from wrestling mats. Doctors gave me the wrong diagnoses so I ended up having it on the side of my face for about three weeks. I finally researched the symptoms for myself and once I figured out it was herpes I started searching for natural cures. I heard alot on apple cider vinegar so I gave it a try. From my experience it is not a fix it right away cure, but it does definitely speed things up. Alot of it depends on how soon you start using it. If I notice something forming in the morning, but don't recognize it as herpes or don't have the means to start treating it till the end of the day or the next morning then it usually takes about 4-5 days to clear it up. If I notice it first thing in the morning, recognize it and start treating it immediately, then it will be cleared up usually within two days.

Posted by John on 01/30/2006
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Posted by Jake (Chapel Hill NC) on 01/09/2006
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i tried the apple cider vinegar cure i take (drink) 2 to 3 shots a day, and also rub it on my privates when I take baths every day. Now its been 2 months and no symptoms sores or anything i still take the shots and rub down in it in the shower but if that's what it takes to never have another outbreak that's Ok with me it can be a little strong so if its to much just add a little water and hopefully you too can feel relief.

Posted by John (Lake Panasoffkeem, FL)
5 out of 5 stars

Over last 90 days taking apple cider vinegar not one itch or outbreak and the arthritis in my fingers, arms, and back is 99% gone. It works!

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Posted by Olwen (Snowy Mountains, Nsw, Australia) on 05/21/2013
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I've been alkalizing with ACV and baking soda for at least 5 months and in that time have had outbreaks of herpes almost reduced to zero (I think just one outbreak in the whole time). Before that I was having outbreaks on the least exertion every few weeks. Twice a day I take 2 dessertspoons of ACV in water with baking soda to neutralize as per Ted's instructions.

Replied by Mad In Montgomery
Montgomery, Al

So, you mix the ACV and BS together and drink it? How much BS do you put in the ACV?