I have a outbreak of herpes simplex on my finger, in the past I took valtrex 500 mg 2 day to clear up an outbreak, the meds I have are expired..expired in april and then i have the red line going up my arm and making my arm pit hurt..can i take doxycyline 100 mg that is expired also in january and this work or harm me more?
YOU NEED TO GO TO TH ER NOW!!! that is infection running up your arm and a lymph node in your armpit is swollen in response. This can be fatal if let go. You CANNOT treat this yourself. Had you gone to the Dr earlier, it would have cost you a lot less. If this infection reaches your heart, you will be in BIG trouble. Take your self or have someone drive you to the ER or you can go to Urgent Care (this might be the least expensive option rather than going to the ER) You will need a new Rx of antibiotics and be sure that you take ALL of the pills even if you get better before they are done. You should never, ever have left over antibiotics. When you do not finish the course of antibiotics, the infection may not be all the way killed and may come back and it can also make the bacteria resistant to antibiotics.
There is no cure for herpes simplex (which is a virus) regardless of where you have the symptoms on your body. However there are treatments. So once you have the virus it lives in the nerve cells waiting for something to trigger it into action again. For this reason it is often a recurrent condition. So it may be wise to get health insurance.
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