Lysine Cream Genital Herpes

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What are good over the counter medicines for genital herpes relief?
    I'm having my first genital herpes breakout and the pain is unbearable. Are there any good medicines I can buy over the counter that will relieve the burning and itching?

    • ANSWER:
      There are creams for oral herpes but they are not recommended for genital herpes and it's best to keep the out breaks clean and dry to promote faster healing. You can try taking Lysine, it's a natural antiviral available at your health food store or pharmacy. Also warm Epsom salts baths help to relieve the symptoms.

  2. QUESTION:
    My boyfriend has had cold sores since he was younger. Could they be passed to me?
    He has had them since he was younger about 1 or 2 times a yr n i've been with him for 5 years. I've never got any before n i was just wondering if i could ever get them? Could they be passed through oral sex into genital herpes?

    • ANSWER:
      There are two strains of the herpes virus, herpes simplex 1 and herpes simplex 2. HSV-1 is the virus linked to cold sores, and HSV-2 is the virus linked to genital herpes. Most people have the virus in their bodies already and will never show signs or symptoms of it.

      Even though the two viruses are pretty area-specific, you can spread HSV-1 to genital areas and HSV-2 to your lips. So if your boyfriend has cold sores you both need to be very very careful until the blisters completely heal.

      Don't pop them, clean the area around them with alcohol and a Q-tip several times a day. I would also call the doctor and see if he could get a prescription of Acyclovir to take while he is having an outbreak. Valtrex is ok, but I've taken both Valtrex and Acyclovir and I will swear that Acyclovir works quicker. You could also have him take L-Lysine supplement at least while he has the cold sores. L-Lysine is an amino acid that helps fight the herpes virus production, so that should help. I'm not sure if he would be into taking these tablets every day, but they're also good at preventing cold sores.

      Also, topical creams that I've found to work the best/quickest are Zovirax (Acyclovir in cream-form, also a prescription) and Carmex once the sores have hardened. Just be careful that you apply them onto his lip w/ a Kleenex or a Q-tip so you don't spread the virus onto the tips of the tubes. :)

  3. QUESTION:
    what medication can i take over the counter for herpes? Until I see a doctor is there something I can buy?
    I dont have insurance currently I am in the process but I think I may have herpes because I have little white bumps inside my vagina they dont hurt or anything but what could this be? Have anyone ever experience this or heard of this before?

    • ANSWER:
      You can get Lysine over the counter at health food stores. It's a natural antiviral that can treat herpes. They may also sell topical creams. Bumps are not a good indicator of herpes. Herpes is usually painful or at least causes some itching burning and or tingling symptoms. It could be genital warts or razor burn since they don't hurt. Don't treat it before getting this diagnosed (you don't want to have nasty side affects from some thing you may not need), once you get insurance get tested for herpes.

  4. QUESTION:
    Fastest and most effective way to get rid of a cold sore?
    I just got a nasty cold sore on my lip (YUCK!) I have tried abreva, which kinda sucks. I just bought lysine and I dont know what to think about it. Are there any home remedies that work better than the OTC stuff? Also, is it better to dry it out or to keep it moisterized? Can I wear makeup over it?

    • ANSWER:
      A cold sore is a version of the herpes virus. It is different from the genital herpes virus but can be transmitted to the genitals if the facial herpes comes in contact with the genitals. It is important to be careful during a cold sore outbreak. Don't touch your lips and then touch your eyes or nose or genitals. These areas are the most prone to contracting herpes. You can also pass this virus to another person by touching the other person with the infected area.

      Cold sores are very resilient. The herpes virus connects to your nerve system and attacks the infected area. The virus then goes into a state of hibernation before your immune system can attack it. This enables it to go undetected by your body and remain with you for your entire lifetime. Chicken pox is another form of herpes which remains in your body and can later resurrect as shingles when you are older.

      Don't let this information frighten you. This is only a precaution so that you don't encounter anymore awkward situations in your life. Cold sores on your lips are embarrassing enough. With proper handling during an outbreak, you can limit your cold sores to only attacking your lips. You may be able to even prevent further outbreaks.

      There are several treatments for cold sores. Here are the most effective remedies.

      1. Abreva. This is an over-the-counter cream that attacks the herpes virus and shortens the time of an outbreak. It is best to apply Abreva at the initial tingling sensation of a cold sore, before it appears on your lip.

      2. Valtrex. This is a prescription medication usually intended for genital herpes. It is sometimes subscribed for cold sores also. Talk to your general doctor or a specialist about possible prescription treatments.

      3. Limit stress. Since the herpes virus is connected to your nervous system, a primary trigger of a cold sore outbreak is stress. Change your lifestyle to limit the amount of stress in your life. Practice stress relieving exercises such as meditation or yoga. A cold sore is often referred to as a worry wart. It is a visible sign that you are under physical or mental stress. A cold sore outbreak often causes a person to feel embarrassed which causes more stress and lengthens the time of the outbreak.

      4. Ice. Sudden changes in weather places stress upon your body. Cold sores often attack in early spring and late fall when temperatures can change drastically from day to day. Intense cold usually helps to counteract an attack. When you feel the initial tingling sensation of a cold sore outbreak, press a piece of ice on your lip where you have the outbreaks. Let the ice touch your bare skin while you hold the ice with a clean cloth. Practice this 3 times per day with a new cloth until the cold sores have disappeared. If you catch it early, you can often eliminate an outbreak.

      5. Chapstick. Keep your lips clean and moist. Don't allow your lips to chap or feel stress from the weather. Avoid allowing the cold sore to come in contact with saliva or water. After washing your face, towel dry the infected area thoroughly. During an outbreak, don't apply makeup to an infected area. The chemicals in the makeup may have negative interactions with the cold sore and prolong the outbreak.

      6. Sunscreen. Ultraviolet rays from the sun can trigger a herpes outbreak, even during the winter. Apply sunscreen to the areas affected by cold sores. This will help prevent possible outbreaks.

      7. Keep your immune system strong. Herpes usually attacks when your immune system is the weakest. A cold sore outbreak can even be an early sign of another oncoming illness such as the flu or a cold. Eat a healthy diet and take Vitamin C. Get at least 8 hours of sleep each night.

      Cold Sore
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cold_sore

  5. QUESTION:
    What can you do to reduce the pain from HSV-2 sores?
    I'm talking about genital herpes
    Ibuprofen has not helped me at all.

    • ANSWER:
      Beef up your immune system. Experts do not know exactly what causes the herpes virus to lie dormant for long periods and then abruptly awake to create havoc. But many think that a weakened immune system, like a drunken sheriff in an old western town, invites the little bandits to return. However strong this connection may be, it would be wise for you to keep your immune system sober and armed with a well-rounded diet, lots of rest and relaxation, and regular exercise.

      Use soap and water. Your inclination upon discovering sores on your genitals may be bombard them with everything in your medicine cabinet. Dont. As with any sores, you do need to be concerned about developing a secondary (bacterial) infection, but soap and water is all you need or want to keep the are germ-free. You wont kill the virus with anything in your medicine cabinet anyway, and lots of thing in there may make matters worse. Acyclovir is the ONLY medication that has been shown to have clear benefits for people with herpes.

      Steer clear of ointments. Genital sores need lots of air to heal. Petroleum jelly and antibiotic ointments can block this air and slow the healing process. Never use a cortisone cream, which can inhibit your immune system and actually encourage the virus to grow.

      Warm the discomfort away. During your primary attack or bad secondary attacks, taking a bath or shower to get warm water over the genital area three or four times a day may prove soothing. (it does to most people, but some find they dont like it). When you get out of the shower or bath, blow the genital area dry with a hair dryer set on low or cool, being careful not to burn yourself. The air from the dryer will also prove soothing and may possibly speed up the healing process by helping the sores dry out.

      Apply Castor Oil packs to your abdomen? Why? Because a strong immune system cann keep the herpes virus from acting up, and castor oil packs fortify your immune system.
      For maximium beefing-up of your immune system, start with 1 cup of castor oil, with which you thoroughly soak two thicknesses of flannel cloth. Place the saturated cloth on top of your tummy, and cover with plastic. Over the plastic, apply a heating pad, set as high as is comfortable, and leave it on for 1 hour. Initially, do this once a day, every day for a month> Continue the treatments three times a week, increasing use of the packs during a herpes attack.

      Consider these supplements. Some people and even some doctors say that such things as zinc in ointment for or capsules, the amino acid lysine, or the food-additive butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) taken as a supplement, can fight off herpes attacks. But despite spotty studies on their effectiveness, these are unproven remedies, according to the vast majority of doctors. If you decide to try any of these, know that high dosages may be dangerous and should only be taken under a doctors supervision.

      I hope these tips helped

      PS. If you have any questions regarding your condition, help is available. A.S.H.A. runs two hotlines that offer free advice to people with herpes. Call the herpes hotline at (415) 328-7710, Monday through Friday, 12:|| to 4:30 pm (pacific tiem); or the STD Hotline at 1-800-227-8922. Monday through friday, 5:00 am to 8:00 pm (pacific time)

  6. QUESTION:
    holistic or prescription treatment for hsv 2?
    I was recently diagnosed with hsv 2. My doctor has prescribed me to use valtrex and Zovirax cream. I have been also been studying and reading wonderful things about using natural, herbal supplements and topical treatments for the use of genital herpes. I am just confused as to what is better? Anyone with personal experience have positive benefits of using natural supplements (l-lysine, zinc, goldenseal root, etc.?) versus using a prescription treatment?

    Please share your opinions and experience with both of these methods. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      I have uses Valtrex and Lysine. They work the same way, Lysine is a natural antiviral so it can help to suppress and treat out breaks and doesn't come with side affects like medicine can. Just don't take both Lysine and antiviral medication at the same time. I prefer using Valtrex, Lysine doesn't do much for me.

  7. QUESTION:
    What is an over the counter medicine that can be used to treat a herpes outbreak?

    • ANSWER:
      I spent lots of time and research looking this up myself. There aren't may options. There this stuff called Herpecin and H-Balm and other related stuff I have never tried myself. If its a cold sore on your mouth Abreva worked pretty well for me. If its genital - what worked for me is 2 1,000mg lysine in the morning and 2 at night. Epsom salt and tea tree oil bath for 15-30 mins every other day. Using corn starch on a cotton ball throughout the day to keep it dry. Crushing up tylenol pm (u can put it in a baggie and use a hammer) mixing it with a TINY bit of hot water and cold sore medication (most people recommend Abreva but i've used L-Lysine+ cream its like 7 bucks instead and it worked fine for me) - put it on over the infected area right before you go to bed (i used a blow dryer to help dry it 1st). Sounds crazy i know but it worked for me.

  8. QUESTION:
    is there an ointment for uncomfortable herpes sores or some way to make it hurt less?

    • ANSWER:
      Depends on what type of herpes it is.
      For genital herpes there is usually medication like Valtrex. Or you could use Lysine.
      For oral herpes (cold sores) you can use creams like Abreva or Lipactin if the out break is not too severe. For larger out breaks you may want to use medication or Lysine.

  9. QUESTION:
    Is this a cold sore and how do you get them?
    i got this red thing on my lip, but it's not a pimple. heres a pic
    http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs104.ash2/38544_147714311907795_100000076816571_428613_3795533_n.jpg

    is that a cold sore?
    and how do you get them?

    • ANSWER:
      Ouch! Nice lips by the way!

      Yes it looks like a cold sore. More information here:

      http://coldsoreshomeremedies.ca/index.php/2009/02/what-is-a-cold-sore/

      You can prevent cold sores from appearing with the supplement Lysine - you take the supplement every day for a month and then every time you feel the tingle of a cold sore coming on:

      http://www.herpes-coldsores.com/amino-acid-lysine-for-herpes.html#lysine-for-genital-herpes

      Don't kiss anyone when you have a cold sore blister, they are highly contagious. Once the virus is in your system, cold sores can appear when you are tired, stressed, run down or ill. They can also be activated by bright sunlight and if you accidentally bite your lips.

      It'll be gone soon, they disappear after around 7 days. You may want to get some Zovirax from your local pharmacy/drug store, which will soothe the pain and help it to heal faster:

      http://www.chemistdirect.co.uk/zovirax-cold-sore-cream-pump_1_2278.html

  10. QUESTION:
    How to kill the herpes?
    Im bored so here is a question, curious if anyone can answer:

    Herpes simplex one showing resistance to aciclovir (and related antivirals, valciclovir, famiclovir, etc.)

    How did this resistance likely occur, including the protein/enzyme affected?

    What uncommon antivirals might be helpful in this case?
    the medications are slightly misspelled, I apologize..

    • ANSWER:
      Just like with antibiotics people have built up resistance to some of these drugs. Viruses also mutate so that treatments we have been using won't work. There are other medications like Famvir that can be affective. There are also natural antivirals like Lysine that can help heal an out break. If HSV1 on the mouth is minor then all that is needed is to use some cold sore creams like Abreva or Lipactin. If the out break is on the genitals, sever or not going away then medication should be taken. There is nothing out there yet that will completely kill herpes.

  11. QUESTION:
    both me & my wife have genital herpes i don't get breakouts but she does and it happens more after we have sex?
    is there an over the counter medical treatment to prevent that from happening & ruining our sex life?

    • ANSWER:
      There is no over the counter treatment for herpes aside for cold sore creams. There is antiviral medication and therapies you can use which she should consider using. Men often show fewer symptoms and have smaller out breaks then women, because men tend to have stronger immune systems. When you have a strong immune system typically you show very little symptoms or out breaks of herpes.
      Sex can trigger out breaks because it can cause trauma to the genitals.
      When antiviral therapy (ie Valtrex or Lysine) is used it can help prevent out breaks even after you have sex. The important thing is to remember not to have sex if she is having an out break.
      Herpes shouldn't ruin your sex life, out breaks can get in the way but there is more then just sex to a healthy relationship. Sex is not the only way to show intimacy.

  12. QUESTION:
    How are cold sores herpes?
    I've always had a cold sore or two since I was little. I have had sex with more than one partner and have been checked for std's a couple times and I'm always std free. Since cold sores are a type of herpes wouldn't the std test pick it up?

    • ANSWER:
      Cold sores are caused by the oral herpes (slightly different then the type you get on the genitals) virus and they are not genetic. They are often passed during child hood by being innocently kissed by some one that has cold sores, they are rarely passed during intercourse or oral sex. There is even a very small chance of getting them by sharing cups or utensils with some one that has a cold sore. By the way oral herpes isn't considered to be an std because you can get them with out having any thing to do with sex.
      You can treat them with over the counter cold sore creams or lysine.

  13. QUESTION:
    how long does a cold sore or a lip blister last? How long does it last? how to make it go away?
    And yes i'm a virgin, so don't get no ideas

    • ANSWER:
      Cold sores are caused by the oral herpes virus and you can get them with out ever having oral sex or intercourse. They are very common to have and often passed during child hood by being innocently kissed. Cold sores can last any where from 1-3 weeks depending on how sever it is. You can treat it with over the counter cold sore creams, Lysine or antiviral medication.
      Cold sores are contagious so don't kiss any one on the mouth or give oral sex while you have a cold sore. So you know you can pass cold sores to your partners genitals if you give oral sex while you have a cold sore.

  14. QUESTION:
    How do i get rid of a coldsaw ?
    anyways i can get rid of mine?
    its nasty! and it just appeared today! :(

    • ANSWER:
      i also use to get cold sore's at least once a year but since i have started taking l lysine i havent had a out break in 2 years Lysine is an essential amino acid, which means that it is essential to human health but cannot be manufactured by the body. For this reason, lysine must be obtained from food. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. Lysine is important for proper growth and it plays an essential role in the production of carnitine, a nutrient responsible for converting fatty acids into energy and helping to lower cholesterol. Lysine appears to help the body absorb and conserve calcium and it plays an important role in the formation of collagen, a substance important for bones and connective tissues including skin, tendon, and cartilage.

      If there is too little lysine in the diet, kidney stones and other health related problems may develop including fatigue, nausea, dizziness, loss of appetite, agitation, bloodshot eyes, slow growth, anemia, and reproductive disorders. It is extremely rare, however, to obtain insufficient amounts of lysine through the diet. Generally, only vegetarians who follow a macrobiotic diet and certain athletes involved in frequent vigorous exercise are at risk for lysine deficiency. For vegetarians, legumes (beans, peas and lentils) are the best sources of lysine.

      Lysine is involved in the browning reaction, or carmelization, in foods such as pastries, doughnuts, cookies and cereals. In this process, lysine and sugar become linked together in a way that makes lysine difficult for the body to absorb. As a result, a diet high in cereals and baked goods, especially those that contain a lot of simple sugars, can result in low lysine intake.

      Uses
      Herpes and Shingles
      L-lysine can be used to treat mouth and genital lesions caused by herpes simplex virus as well as shingles caused by herpes zoster viruses. Taking lysine supplements can speed recovery time and reduce the chance of recurrent breakouts of the herpes infection.

      Osteoporosis
      L-lysine helps improve the absorption of calcium from the digestive tract and prevent loss of calcium in the urine. In so doing, some researchers speculate that L-lysine may help prevent bone loss associated with osteoporosis. In addition, test tube studies suggest that L-lysine in combination with L-arginine (another amino acid) increases the activity of bone-building cells and enhances production of collagen.

      Other
      Certain forms of lysine and/or lysine bound to anti-inflammatory medications may help alleviate pain following an episiotomy (a procedure performed during labor that involves cutting the vaginal area to enlarge the vaginal opening and facilitate delivery). These forms of lysine may also relieve migraine headaches and painful periods. Whether L-lysine and other readily available lysine supplements also offer these benefits is not known.

      Dietary Sources
      Good sources of lysine are foods rich in protein including meat (specifically red meat, pork, and poultry), cheese (particularly parmesan), certain fish (such as cod and sardines), nuts, eggs, soybeans (particularly tofu, isolated soy protein, and defatted soybean flour), spirulina, and fenugreek seed.

      Available Forms
      Lysine is available in tablets, capsules, creams, and liquids, and is usually sold in the L-lysine form.

      How to Take It
      A healthcare provider can help determine whether your diet provides enough lysine. If your diet does not contain sufficient lysine, a healthcare practitioner may recommend lysine supplements as part of a complete amino acid replacement.

      The daily recommended dietary allowances (RDA) of lysine are listed below:

      Pediatric

      Birth to 4 months: 103 mg per kilogram of body weight per day
      Children 5 months to 2 years: 69 mg per kilogram of body weight per day
      Children 3 to 12 years: 44 mg per kilogram of body weight per day
      Adult

      13 and older: 12 mg per kilogram of body weight per day
      Some experts suggest that adults may need up to 30 mg per kilogram of body weight per day.

      Adults with herpes simplex should follow these guidelines:

      To treat symptoms: 3,000 – 9,000 mg per day in divided doses
      To prevent recurrences: 500 – 1,500 mg per day

      Precautions
      Because of the potential for side effects and interactions with medications, dietary supplements should be taken only under the supervision of a knowledgeable healthcare provider.

      Lysine supplements are considered safe and nontoxic. However, one animal study found that chicks fed with L-lysine developed elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels. For this reason, individuals with cardiovascular disease and those with elevated cholesterol and/or triglyceride levels should consult a healthcare practitioner before taking lysine supplements.

  15. QUESTION:
    I was just tested for genital herpes and am having an outbreak now. my question is that me and my boyfriend?
    have been having sex the whole time i was having an outbreak. I didnt know what it was at first so thats why we kept having sex. We sometimes used protection and other times we didnt. Its been about a month now and I am wondering why hasnt he shown any symptoms adn does he have herpes now automatically?
    I am waiting for my test results which they say takes about a week, my doctor says i have all the signs of it though.
    yes i do think i got it from him becuase i was tested for HIV and STDs about 8 months ago and I was all clear. I think i got it from him because i havent been with anyone since. He says he never noticed anything with him at all
    GOOD NEWS EVERYONE, I DONT HAVE THE HERPES VIRUS!!!! YAY, MY DOCTOR SAYS ITS MOST LIKELY A BACTRERIAL INFECTION THATS TAKING AWHILE TO HEAL.

    • ANSWER:
      Symptoms of herpes usually develop within 2 to 20 days after contact with the virus, although it could take longer. These symptoms may last up to several weeks, varying from one person to the next. In many people, the first infection is so mild that it goes unnoticed. In others, the first attack causes visible sores. Even so, subsequent recurrences of the disease may cause lesions. When the sores are completely healed, the active phase of infection is over. Healing of the skin usually leaves no scars. In either case, the virus retreats into the nervous system and lies dormant.

      Herpes is spread by direct contact. So, yes, you most probably got it from your BF.

      Get more information. The better informed you are about herpes, the easier it will be to manage.

      Give yourself the best possible chance to limit recurrences by maintaining general good health and keeping stress to a minimum.

      Take care of the affected skin area. Keep the area dry and clean during outbreaks to help healing.

      Avoid physical contact with the area from the time of the first symptoms (tingling, itching, burning) until all sores are completely healed, not just scabbed-over. Also be aware of possible shedding or "asymptomatic transmission", even after the sores have healed.

      When properly used, latex condoms help reduce your risk of spreading or getting herpes.

      Prevent self-infection to other areas of your body. Wash your hands with soap and water if you touch a sore. Better yet, don't touch the sores.

      Prospective parents: If either mother or father has genital herpes, or any of the mother's previous sexual partners had genital herpes, tell your doctor about it.

      It is possible to get genital herpes from cold sores.

      Women with genital herpes: Don't skip your annual Pap smear.

      Inform yourself about herpes. For many, diagnosis with herpes can mean a time of confusion, anger, fear and frustration. For many, it seems there is no place to turn for help in dealing with the sensitive aspects of herpes infection. There is help available.

      Increase your intake of L-Lysine and decrease the amount of arginine in your diet.

      Treatment?

      Although there is no cure for herpes, some drugs have been effective in reducing the frequency and duration of outbreaks. It might be a good idea to discuss options with your doctor.

      During an outbreak, keep the infected area as clean and dry as possible. This will help your natural healing processes. Some doctors recommend warm showers in order to cleanse the infected area. Afterwards, towel dry gently, or dry the area with a hair dryer on a low or cool setting. To prevent chaffing, some people also find it helpful to avoid tight-fitting undergarments. Most creams and lotions do no good and may even irritate.

      Finally, a healthy immune system may be important in controlling the virus. Don't ignore the need for proper nutrition, exercise, and rest.

      Alternative Solutions

      There are also alternative treatments for those who wish to suppress herpes naturally:

      Red Marine Algae, Aviralex, Vir-L-Lysine, Aeura, and H-Balm

  16. QUESTION:
    any home remedies/natural remidies for genital herpes?
    well.i contracted it from my husband. we usually try to be safe about this, but i suppose our luck ran out this time. my pride is hurt and im having trouble coping with the fact that i now have genital herpes. now my question is, is there a fast natural way to get rid of or help get rid of an outbreak? how can i do so? what should i eat? any creams? i really need help. please. please. please. i would just like someones input

    • ANSWER:
      I'm sorry to hear about that. Lysine is a natural antiviral which can help get rid of out breaks, it may not work as fast as antiviral medication but it can help. Also Epsom salts baths help with the pain. Don't use creams on the out breaks they should be kept clean and dry to promote faster healing.
      As for coping take it a day at a time for now, I know it's hard to accept but things do get better over time.

  17. QUESTION:
    Will coldsore cream work on herpes?
    I contracted herpes from a cheating boyfriend years ago and it keeps coming back. I wasn't aware that he had it (obviously) but we still used protection however i still contracted it. I keep getting the little coldsores down below and they are quite uncomfortable...would coldsore cream work to get rid of them like on the face (as it is the same virus)

    • ANSWER:
      A couple of tings you should know. Once you have herpes you don't keep getting re-infected, the virus causes out breaks to re-occur and go away but the virus is permanent.
      I don't see why you can't use the cold sore creams down below, after all genital herpes can be caused by oral herpes (HSV1). Give it a try and see how things go, if it's not working for you, then you may want to get some antiviral medication from your doctor, or Lysine from a health food store.

  18. QUESTION:
    Cold Sores spreading to other parts other than your mouth?
    I kinda have a weird situation. My husband has a cold sore right now on his lip, I have never had cold sores at all in my life either! But anyways... I woke up this morning with a red rash looking thing on the areas that he kissed that night. It started off on my neck area ( a bunch of red bumps ) then like a couple hours later my chin and lips broke out... Its like where ever he touched I have this awful looking rash thing. I have two blisters on my lip that hurt, and I know these arnt pimples at all. Does this sound like it can happen? This can spread to other parts of the body... its just weird its in the spots that he kissed, and no where else? Please help me out here.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi JW

      Here is the answer you need, plus some remedies to correct the issue.

      Cold sores are very contagious, and can be spread from the mouth to the genitalia via oral sex.

      Cause
      Herpes simplex virus is the cause of herpes. HSV causes cold sores on the lips and in the mouth and genital herpes in, on or around the genital area. Although once you contract the herpes virus you have it for life, you can stop outbreaks. They can be controlled and in some cases eliminated.

      Nearly all people experience cold sores at least one time during their lives. After the first attack, the virus remains dormant in nerve cells, and can be reactivated later by stress, colds, hot weather, anxiety, nutrient deficiencies, or other illnesses, especially ones with accompanying fever. Prolonged cold sore outbreaks may occur in people suffering from compromised immune function or in healthy people who are under high levels of stress.

      Herpes zoster, Coxsackie virus, low thyroid, and health problems that suppress immune function can all contribute to cold sore outbreaks, and must be addressed before long-term relief can be achieved.

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      Natural Cures

      Aromatherapy: Geranium, lemon, chamomile, tea tree, and/or lavender essential oils applied topically can help speed the healing process.

      Diet: Eat a whole foods diet. Eat lots of fresh green salads, raw and steamed vegetables, cultured, fermented products such as yogurt and sauerkraut. Refrain from dairy products, sugar, white flour and other processed foods. Avoid citrus fruits, including pineapple. Buy organic whenever possible and please eat only organic animal protein.

      Drink at least 1/2 your weight in ounces of pure water daily with either stabilized liquid oxygen added or water dispensed from an oxygen water cooler.

      Flower Essences: The most useful flower essences for dealing with the accompanying emotional/mental stress of cold sores are Rescue Remedy®, Rescue Remedy Cream®, and Crab Apple.

      Herbs: Herbs that boost resistance to cold sores by strengthening the immune response include the tinctures of Echinacea, Siberian ginseng, nettle, and goldenseal. Combine in equal parts and take 1/2 teaspoonful of this mixture three times a day. You can also externally apply diluted tincture of myrrh or calendula. Licorice root tincture applied topically has been shown to inactivate herpes simplex particles and inhibit the growth of the virus.

      Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. We suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments.
      *Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy treatment. The section Remedies for Treating Chlorinated Bath Water offers clear instructions and recommendations.

      Lifestyle: Manage stress and generally stay rested.

      Nutritional Supplementation: There are many alternative cures for herpes breakouts. Choose from the following options. During times of outbreak L-lysine cream applied directly on the blisters, and L-lysine supplements (4 grams daily for the first four days, then 500 mg three times daily for two weeks) can also be taken orally. Or try Lysine in a fast acting tincture formula. Please note: Do not take L-Lysine on a daily maintenance basis, however, as it may create an imbalance among other amino acids. If continual daily lysine is the only way for you to prevent recurrent attacks, then you must make diet changes. First eliminate all wheat products, replace with other whole grains such as brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat (not a member of the wheat family) in your diet and decrease lysine into smaller dosages, use with a full spectrum amino acid blend. Also, ask your alternative health care practitioner about amino-acid profile testing.) Other useful nutrients to help prevent and treat cold sores are vitamin B complex, vitamin C with bioflavonoids, vitamin E, and zinc gluconate. Acidophilus and thymus extract can also help, as can the flavonoid quercetin, which has been shown to inhibit the herpes virus.

      Note: The two amino acids that appear to be important in herpes infections are lysine and arginine. Arginine stimulates the growth and reproduction of the herpes simplex virus, while lysine inhibits it. What`s important is the ratio of arginine to lysine. The higher the arginine to lysine ratio, the more herpes virus is likely to grow. Conversely, if lysine is high with respect to arginine, the growth is inhibited. Chocolate, peanuts, most cereal grains, nuts, and seeds have more arginine than lysine.

      Topical Treatment: Apply vitamin E ointment or saturate gauze with vitamin E oil and apply for 15 minutes over the area of outbreak.

      BHT, a natural food preservative, added to an alcohol solution is another effective topical solution.

      Fast Acting Herpes Protocol

      This is the natural cure for herpes that Kevin talks about in the book. This protocol works best PRIOR to a herpes breakout, though you can get fast acting results once a breakout is underway by substituting food grade Hydrogen Peroxide for DMSO:

      Purchase the following supplies, available at most health food stores or online sources:

      DMSO*
      Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide
      Laurea Herb
      Red Marine Algae
      Lysine
      Calcium
      Stabilized Liquid Oxygen

      Apply a thin layer of DMSO to the afflicted area, the soles of your feet, and your low back three times per day. Do this when you first feel a breakout may be underway, before an eruption occurs. If you are already broken out, use Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide instead of DMSO. Apply peroxide by dabbing area with a clean cotton swab.

      Take Laurea, Red Marine Algae, Lysine and Calcium according to directions on label, twice per day. Look for Lysine in a fast acting tincture formula. These products can be found at a well stocked health food store.

      Drink at least half your weight in ounces of pure water daily with either stabilized liquid oxygen added or water dispensed from an oxygen water cooler.

      Eat generous amounts of fresh green salads, and raw and steamed vegetables. Refrain from dairy products, sugar, white flour and other processed foods. Buy organic whenever possible, especially when choosing animal protein.

      Caution: When applying DMSO on the body use thoroughly clean hands and clean cotton swabs. Take care to be impeccable because whatever substance comes in contact with DMSO gel is absorbed quickly and driven deeply into the body. Avoid contact with dirt until the area is completely dry.

      Best of health to both of you.

      Cheers

  19. QUESTION:
    can someone help me,what is herpes and i heard it cannot be cured.what are the symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      There is no cure for herpes currently on the market, making it permanent. There are also two common types of herpes, oral herpes and genital herpes.
      Symptoms for genital herpes usually include;
      Painful itcihng, burning and or tingling symptomg occuring around the genitals.
      Flu like symptoms, this usually includes; aches and or pains over the body, some peole have headackes, or lower back aches along with fever and feeling sick.
      Swollen genitals and or swollen lymph nodes. Some parts down stairs may look larger then normal.
      Burning and or trouble when you pee. Sort of like having a very painful urinary tract infection and you aren't able to pee as much as you want to.
      Blisters, pimples, open sores or cuts appear on the genitals.
      The out breaks last about a week or 2 depending on severity then the blister pop, or the sores crust over and heal.
      Oral herpes is usually what causes cold sores. Symptoms usually include;
      Itching, burning and or tingling symptoms usually occuring around the out side of the mouth, usually at one spot on or around the lips.
      Pimples or blisters occur where the above symptoms are located. The pimples or blisters can break out into a sore. The sore lasts about a week or 2 then starts to crust over and heal.
      Genital herpes is usually treated with antiviral medication or suppressive therapies or Lysine. These can suppress out breaks and make you less likely to pass herpes onto a potential parnter.
      Oral herpes can be treated with Abreva or Lipactin which are over the counter cream treatments. When applied to the oral out break the creams can help heal the out break.

  20. QUESTION:
    , cold soresDuring the year out brakes of a rash around the mouth?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Memo Pad

      Here are some remedies to use for healing.

      Cause
      Herpes simplex virus is the cause of herpes. HSV causes cold sores on the lips and in the mouth and genital herpes in, on or around the genital area. Although once you contract the herpes virus you have it for life, you can stop outbreaks. They can be controlled and in some cases eliminated.

      Nearly all people experience cold sores at least one time during their lives. After the first attack, the virus remains dormant in nerve cells, and can be reactivated later by stress, colds, hot weather, anxiety, nutrient deficiencies, or other illnesses, especially ones with accompanying fever. Prolonged cold sore outbreaks may occur in people suffering from compromised immune function or in healthy people who are under high levels of stress.

      Herpes zoster, Coxsackie virus, low thyroid, and health problems that suppress immune function can all contribute to cold sore outbreaks, and must be addressed before long-term relief can be achieved.

      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      Natural Cures

      Aromatherapy: Geranium, lemon, chamomile, tea tree, and/or lavender essential oils applied topically can help speed the healing process.

      Diet: Eat a whole foods diet. Eat lots of fresh green salads, raw and steamed vegetables, cultured, fermented products such as yogurt and sauerkraut. Refrain from dairy products, sugar, white flour and other processed foods. Avoid citrus fruits, including pineapple. Buy organic whenever possible and please eat only organic animal protein.

      Drink at least 1/2 your weight in ounces of pure water daily with either stabilized liquid oxygen added or water dispensed from an oxygen water cooler.

      Flower Essences: The most useful flower essences for dealing with the accompanying emotional/mental stress of cold sores are Rescue Remedy®, Rescue Remedy Cream®, and Crab Apple.

      Herbs: Herbs that boost resistance to cold sores by strengthening the immune response include the tinctures of Echinacea, Siberian ginseng, nettle, and goldenseal. Combine in equal parts and take 1/2 teaspoonful of this mixture three times a day. You can also externally apply diluted tincture of myrrh or calendula. Licorice root tincture applied topically has been shown to inactivate herpes simplex particles and inhibit the growth of the virus.

      Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. I suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments.

      Lifestyle: Manage stress and generally stay rested.

      Nutritional Supplementation: There are many alternative cures for herpes breakouts. Choose from the following options. During times of outbreak L-lysine cream applied directly on the blisters, and L-lysine supplements (4 grams daily for the first four days, then 500 mg three times daily for two weeks) can also be taken orally. Or try Lysine in a fast acting tincture formula. Please note: Do not take L-Lysine on a daily maintenance basis, however, as it may create an imbalance among other amino acids. If continual daily lysine is the only way for you to prevent recurrent attacks, then you must make diet changes. First eliminate all wheat products, replace with other whole grains such as brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat (not a member of the wheat family) in your diet and decrease lysine into smaller dosages, use with a full spectrum amino acid blend. Also, ask your alternative health care practitioner about amino-acid profile testing.) Other useful nutrients to help prevent and treat cold sores are vitamin B complex, vitamin C with bioflavonoids, vitamin E, and zinc gluconate. Acidophilus and thymus extract can also help, as can the flavonoid quercetin, which has been shown to inhibit the herpes virus.

      Note: The two amino acids that appear to be important in herpes infections are lysine and arginine. Arginine stimulates the growth and reproduction of the herpes simplex virus, while lysine inhibits it. What`s important is the ratio of arginine to lysine. The higher the arginine to lysine ratio, the more herpes virus is likely to grow. Conversely, if lysine is high with respect to arginine, the growth is inhibited. Chocolate, peanuts, most cereal grains, nuts, and seeds have more arginine than lysine.

      Topical Treatment: Apply vitamin E ointment or saturate gauze with vitamin E oil and apply for 15 minutes over the area of outbreak.

      Best of health to you

  21. QUESTION:
    Herpes victims please answer
    does that stuff on the internet work?
    the herbal pills and creams?

    ummm. . .hello?!? 1 out of 5 americans have it. count all the people that responded to this question. Careful with your karma.

    • ANSWER:
      Know that the only thing that has shown to be effective in true, controlled laboratory studies are antiviral medicines.

      One of the tricky things about herpes is that the frequency of outbreaks and the symptoms tend to lessen over time. Even if you don't take anything at all. As a result, most people will seem to get results from almost anything that they do or don't do. This is why the large scale clinical studies are so important.

      With that said, as long as an over the counter medication is not too expensive, and it doesn't have any unfortunate side effects, there is no reason NOT to try it. And many people have claimed success with things like l-lysine. And a generally healthy lifestyle will help your herpes, as well as your heart, your bones and so forth.

      Know that anything that claims a herpes "cure" is incorrect. There is no cure for herpes. And also know that some herpes remedies are rumored to pay people to post positive information on Y!A about their products - even if they haven't used them. So take advice from Y!A for what its worth - an reference from an anonymous, and perhaps unethical source.

      The best place I know for information about genital herpes is the website below. It will give you RELIABLE information about herpes, its treatments, and ongoing research.

      Good luck.

  22. QUESTION:
    Whats the best supplement to fight herpes?
    Also, how to manage outbreaks?
    There was a guy here suggesting http://herpeskicker.blogspot.com/. I'll try that. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Use a special product that is simply phenomenal for healing and preventing cold sores, called Herpilyn. It is an all-natural medicated cream, under the product name Lomaherpan Cream. The Lomaherpan company has licensed a U.S. version of this important product to Enzymatic Therapy.

      The active compound in the product is a special extract of Melissa officinalis, a member of the mint family. Melissa is endowed with powerful antiviral activity against the herpes virus. The Melissa extract in Herpilyn is a 70:1 concentrate, which means it takes 70 pounds of Melissa to produces 1 pound of the extract. Rather than any single antiviral chemical, the Melissa extract in the formula contains several components that work together to prevent the virus from infecting human cells

      When Lomaherpan Cream was used in patients with the initial herpes infection, in comprehensive trails from three German hospital and a dermatology clinic, there was not a single recurrence. In other words, by using the cream not a single patient with a first herpes outbreak developed another cold sore.

      Herpes ten to strike when the immune system is compromised. I also recommend that you take advantage of the amino acid L-lysine, a therapy which fools the virus. In order for the herpes virus to reproduce, it needs an amino acid called arginine. Lysine and arginine look similar to the virus. So the virus incorporates L-lysine instead of arginine. This blocks the steps in the development of the herpes virus which requires arginine. The result is that the virus will not become reactivated.

      Our goal in preventing herpes recurrences is clearly to keep lysine levels high and arginine levels low. First, avoid foods high in arginine. These are chocolate, peanuts, almonds and other nuts, and seeds. Foods that are high in lysine are most vegetables, legumes, fish, turkey, and chicken.

      Along with these dietary recommendations I recommend that you supplement each meal with 1,000 milligrams of L-lysine. During an active infection, use Herpilyn cream on genital lesions in the way you would use it for a cold sore.

  23. QUESTION:
    Does anybody suffer from Genital Herpes?
    If so how do you deal with it and what is it like? thanks x

    • ANSWER:
      Genital herpes isn't the end of the world even though if you have it it feels like it is genital herpes is a tricky std that is spread by direct skin to skin contact of an infected area during unprotected oral vaginal or anal sex or from body fluids not meaning saliva there are 2 types coldsores which can also result in facial attacks or genital herpes which is the most painful people with herpes take valtrex for treatment but you should always use protection because you can still spread it at any time even with no signs of an outbreak some take valtrex daily some take it occasionally because some people have milder or worse conditons of herpes between outbreaks herpes virus sits in the nerves (spinal cord) waiting to breakout again with stress the first outbreak is the most painful if you have herpes you should also start a supplement called echinacea and another called lysine which both help with your immune system since herpes takes a toll on it lysine also helps to lessen outbreaks there is a cream for herpes if you have painful sores you can get a prescription on zovirax and it clears it right up herpes can not be found in your body in a blood test only in a swab test at the time of an outbreak other than that you can't tell you have herpes you should be really careful once you find out you have herpes always use protection stay really clean wash your hands a lot and be careful who you share you personal information because if your not emotionally stable to handle it yet ppl can turn on you and throw it back in your face its not impossible to have a relationship with herpes you can still be in relationships with your choice of normal ppl or infected ppl as well there are dating site for ppl with stds like positivesingles.com if you are in a relationship with someone you need to tell them right away or atleast b4 you become sexually active with them honesty is the key you might be rejected by immature unstable ppl but many ppl handle it well and stay with you you will be surprised its hard to live with it at first but you will get used to it hope I helped and gudd luck

  24. QUESTION:
    Im pregnant, & i took some lysine for a cold sore. Please tell me its not bad for the baby?

    • ANSWER:
      There hasn't been enough scientific studies conducted on natural remedies to determine if they are effective on cold sores or harmful to unborn children. It is best to discuss this with your gynecologist. It is possible that the lysine did not reach your child.

      A cold sore is a version of the herpes virus. It is different from the genital herpes virus but can be transmitted to the genitals if the virus from the facial herpes comes in contact with the genitals. It is important to be careful during a cold sore outbreak. Don't touch your lips and then touch your eyes or nose or genitals. These areas are the most prone to contracting herpes. You can also pass this virus to another person by touching the other person with the infected area.

      Cold sores are very resilient. The herpes virus connects to your nerve system and attacks the infected area. The virus then goes into a state of hibernation before your immune system can attack it. This enables it to go undetected by your body and remain with you for your entire lifetime. Chicken pox is another form of herpes which remains in your body and can later resurrect as shingles when you are older.

      Don't let this information frighten you. This is only a precaution so that you don't encounter anymore awkward situations in your life. Cold sores on your lips are embarrassing enough. With proper handling during an outbreak, you can limit your cold sores to only attacking your lips. You may be able to even prevent further outbreaks.

      There are several treatments for cold sores. Here are the most effective remedies.

      1. Abreva. This is an over-the-counter cream that attacks the herpes virus and shortens the time of an outbreak. It is best to apply Abreva at the initial tingling sensation of a cold sore, before it appears on your lip. Talk to your gynecologist about using this product during pregnancy.

      2. Valtrex. This is a prescription medication usually intended for genital herpes. It is sometimes subscribed for cold sores also. Talk to your gynecologist about possible prescription treatments.

      3. Limit stress. Since the herpes virus is connected to your nervous system, a primary trigger of a cold sore outbreak is stress. Change your lifestyle to limit the amount of stress in your life. Practice stress relieving exercises such as meditation or yoga. A cold sore is often referred to as a worry wart. It is a visible sign that you are under physical or mental stress. A cold sore outbreak often causes a person to feel embarrassed which causes more stress and lengthens the time of the outbreak.

      4. Ice. Sudden changes in weather places stress upon your body. Cold sores often attack in early spring and late fall when temperatures can change drastically from day to day. Intense cold usually helps to counteract an attack. When you feel the initial tingling sensation of a cold sore outbreak, press a piece of ice on your lip where you have the outbreaks. Let the ice touch your bare skin while you hold the ice with a clean cloth. Practice this 3 times per day with a new cloth until the cold sores have disappeared. If you catch it early, you can often eliminate an outbreak.

      5. Chapstick. Keep your lips clean and moist. Don't allow your lips to chap or feel stress from the weather. Avoid allowing the cold sore to come in contact with saliva or water. After washing your face, towel dry the infected area thoroughly before applying Chapstick. During an outbreak, don't apply makeup to an infected area. The chemicals in the makeup may have negative interactions with the cold sore and prolong the outbreak.

      6. Sunscreen. Ultraviolet rays from the sun can trigger a herpes outbreak, even during the winter. Apply sunscreen to the areas affected by cold sores. This will help prevent possible outbreaks. Talk to your gynecologist about using sunscreen during your pregnancy.

      7. Keep your immune system strong. Herpes usually attacks when your immune system is the weakest. A cold sore outbreak can even be an early sign of another oncoming illness such as the flu or a cold. Eat a healthy diet and take Vitamin C if your gynecologist approves of vitamin supplements. Get at least 8 hours of sleep each night.

      Cold Sore
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cold_sore

  25. QUESTION:
    I got Herpes on my face after Laser Treatment. Now it's on my arms & neck Had Shingles last Jan. Any help?
    Had facial Laser 9th Jan. On Famvir from Laser Dr for 8 wks, . and Betnovate cream from GP x 2 wks - New spots & cold sores still coming.

    • ANSWER:
      Apart from trying another anti-viral such as valtrex or zovirax instead - some people find one more effective than another - I don't know what to suggest. I suspect the virus will calm down in the end.

      The shingles (the outbreaks you are getting on arms and neck) is different - that is a reactivation of another of the herpes viruses, herpes zoster - which everyone who has ever had chicken pox as a child has lying dormant in their body waiting to resurface. The herpes on your face is probably because you had a dormant oral herpes infection i.e. you had cold sores as 80% of the population does.

      Laser treatment can trigger dormant hsv (cold sore) infections unfortunately. One of the reasons I didn't think it was a good idea to get my bikini line done (I have genital herpes lol).

      It should calm down in the end but often it starts a bit of a chain reaction - once you start getting outbreaks of one - the oral cold sores - it affects your immune system enough to trigger further outbreaks of cold sores and allow the shingles to surface.

      My boyfriend has a form of arthritis (which can be affected by your immune system) and if he gets arthritis, it can trigger cold sores, which then make the arthritis worse and he gets more cold sores etc. At one point he had at least nine on his mouth and as soon as one went another appeared. It did calm down in the end, after a few months - but he didn't have the advantage of anti virals. Try another drug such as valtrex, maybe try a higher dose - and try to boost your immune system by resting a lot, taking vitamins and maybe try a lysine supplement which is also supposed to help.

  26. QUESTION:
    I really need some advice to help my son, who is 21, and just found out that he has BOTH types of herpes......
    He lives in Florida, I am in Texas. He called me crying today, said he had just been tested and they say he has both types of herpes.

    First of all, how many different types of herpes are there?

    Also, he said that they told him that the medication (Valtrex?) is going to cost him 5/month, but he has no health insurance and can't afford that. Are there generaic types of drugs, or alternative therapies to treat and keep herpes under control?

    I'm sick with worry about him. He has been with his GF for a while, and contracted it from her, but she didn't even realize she had it until recently (or so she says). He's very depressed, thinks his life is basically shot all to hell now, and I don't know what to do to help him.

    Any information, experiences or advice would be so greatly appreciated, and thank you in advance for your willingness to share what you know with this clueless mother who loves her son so very much.....

    • ANSWER:
      Hi There

      Here is correct way to approach this (my opinion).

      Herpes refers to a class of viral infections of both a sexual and nonsexual nature. There are actually over 70 different types of herpes, all of which are caused by one or more herpes viruses. Overall, herpes viruses are very common in the population at large. In fact, some health experts estimate that 90 percent of all Americans are infected by one or more strains of herpes virus.

      Herpes viruses, once they gain a foothold in the body, can remain dormant for years before symptoms manifest, usually after being triggered by stress to the immune system. In addition, symptoms can come and go, and even when symptoms are no longer noticeable, it does not necessarily mean that the viruses have been eradicated.

      Types of Herpes
      Although there are more than 70 known herpes viruses, the two most common types of herpes are herpes simplex 1 (HSV1) and herpes simplex 2 (HSV2), or genital herpes. Herpes simplex 2 is a sexually transmitted disease, or STD, while herpes simplex 1 is often present in the body simply due to a weakened immune system, not as a result of sexual contact. Both types are very widespread among the population of the United States.

      Cause
      Herpes is caused by one of more than 70 infectious herpes viruses. Outbreaks caused by herpes are most often triggered by physical or emotional stress that suppresses immune function. Nutritional deficiencies can also increase the risk of contracting herpes.

      Quick Action Plan for Herpes

      1. Emphasize fresh, organic foods, with plenty of non citrus fruits and vegetables, complex carbohydrates, free-range, organic meats and poultry, wild-caught fish, and an abundance of pure filtered water.

      2. Avoid all commercial, processed, and nonorganic food, as well as alcohol, coffee, sugars, artificial sweeteners, preservatives, food dyes, milk and dairy products, and wheat and wheat products.

      3. Avoid all arginine-rich foods, including all nuts, sunflower and sesame seeds, coconut, chocolate, wheat and wheat byproducts, soy, lentils, oats, corn, rice, barley, tomatoes, and squash.

      4. Be screened for food allergies.

      5. Supplement with vitamin A, B-complex, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, vitamin C, zinc, adrenal glandular extract, quercitin, and the amino acid lysine.

      6. Drink plenty of organic, fresh-squeezed carrot, celery and beet juice.

      7. Apply salves of aloe vera gel or calendula cream.
      Hot baths if you can tolerate them, followed with a short cold bath or sitz bath. Do this daily.

      8. A useful herbal remedy for herpes is to combine tinctures of Echinacea, goldenseal, nettle and Siberian ginseng in equal measures. Take half a teaspoon three times a day to boost immune function.

      9 Take precautions when you are in an outbreak to avoid spreading the virus to others.
      To ensure you are following the most effective treatment plan, work with a qualified holistic health professional.

      Prevention Guidelines

      As with all sexually transmitted diseases, the most effective response to chlamydia is prevention. To avoid herpes, do the following:

      Be careful about choosing a sex partner and find out about his or her health and sexual history before engaging in a sexual relationship. Have sex only if the person has no apparent signs of infection and is willing to assure your protection during sexual intimacy. Be prepared to talk and inquire about past experiences. Be direct and persistent. Make conversations about health a natural part of the sexual relationship.

      Limit the number of people you have sex with. The risk of contracting an STD rises exponentially in direct relation to how many sexual partners you have.

      Avoid sex altogether if your partner exhibits open lesions or swelling on his or her body.

      Always practice safe sex. Men should always use a latex condom, especially when engaging in sex with someone new. As an alternative, women can consider the use of a latex female condom. When engaging in oral sex, use a latex dental dam. Long-term, monogamous sexual partners should also use some form of protective contraceptive unless planning a pregnancy.

      Avoid swallowing semen, as it acts as an immune suppressant and thus can increase the risk of STDs caused by infectious microorgamisms.

      Avoid anal sex, especially without protection.

      Urinate after you have sexual intercourse in order to help clean the urethra and prevent infection. This applies to both men and women.

      Have an annual checkup to be screened for STDs that you may not know you have.

      If you know that you have a sexually transmitted disease, be responsible. Inform your partner and insist that he or she be examined and treated as well. Follow the treatment regimen that your physician prescribes as completely as possible, and always use protection whenever you engage in sex.

      Best of health to both of you

  27. QUESTION:
    cream for geital herpes ?
    are there any creams i can buy for genital herpes ? im 15 & i just found out i have it, my mom doesnt know & i can't tell her what i have D: i have money so i can buy whatever is needed. i've looked up medicines and all i've seen are like pills that i take not sure how those work though . so i'm just looking for a type of ointment or something for this. please help
    *genital herpes

    • ANSWER:
      hey you can use hydrogen peroxide it works awesome at clearing up outbreaks or you can go to the doctor and get valtrex and zovirax cream or take the vitamin l lysine...idk goodluck

  28. QUESTION:
    Genital herpes treatments? . .?
    i really dont want to go see a doctor i think that i have contracted genital herpes and i really would love to not go to a doctor for multiple reasons. is there any over the counter medications that i can get to help treat it??

    • ANSWER:
      I spent lots of time and research looking this up myself. There aren't may options. There this stuff called Herpecin and H-Balm and other related stuff I have never tried myself. If its a cold sore on your mouth Abreva worked pretty well for me. If its genital - what worked for me is 2 1,000mg lysine in the morning and 2 at night. Epsom salt and tea tree oil bath for 15-30 mins every other day. Using corn starch on a cotton ball throughout the day to keep it dry. Crushing up tylenol pm (u can put it in a baggie and use a hammer) mixing it with a TINY bit of hot water and cold sore medication (most people recommend Abreva but i've used L-Lysine+ cream its like 7 bucks instead and it worked fine for me) - put it on over the infected area right before you go to bed (i used a blow dryer to help dry it 1st). Sounds crazy i know but it worked for me.

      - also Ive been experimenting with mixing crushed lysene with the tylenol pm
      -and it will hurt when you 1st put the mix on as a warning - cuz the site failed to mention that

  29. QUESTION:
    Have they found a cure for cold sores yet?

    • ANSWER:
      No. Cold sores are caused by the herpes virus, which is in the same family as HPV and chicken pox. Once you have those viruses in your body, they are there for the rest of your life.

      Usually, cold sores are caused by Herpes Simplex Virus 1, and usually genital herpes is caused by HSV2. However, it is possible to have the outbreaks in the opposite locations.

      The best prevention is not to catch the viruses at all, but actually most adults carry one or the other or both viruses. About 1/3 carry HSV1, and 1/3 carry HSV2. Once you have the viruses, the best way to prevent outbreaks is to take care of your overall health. Stress and lack of rest can cause a lot of people to have outbreaks. So get plenty of rest, stay hydrated, exercise regularly, and eat a balanced, healthy diet rich in veggies and fruits. Don't kiss anyone when you are having an outbreak, and don't share drinks, eating utensils, or lip balm, ever!

      There have been conflicting studies about the use of the amino acid lysine. Many people believe that supplementing with lysine, eating foods rich in lysine, and avoiding large quantities of another amino acid, arginine, can help clear up an outbreak and reduce your chances of having more outbreaks. Most beans and legumes are rich in lysine.

      Lemon balm is an herb in the mint family. It is also called Melissa. You can find it on its own, or in combination with other herbs to make into a tea. It's actually quite delicious - mild and kind of minty, but not aggressive like some other mints. According to one of the articles below, it is also made into creams.

      There is a topical ointment called Abreva that some people use to shorten outbreaks. Acyclovir and similar drugs have also been shown to shorten outbreaks in some people. Some folks who have really frequent outbreaks actually take it daily for prevention.

      There are vaccines for HPV and chicken pox, so maybe someday there will be a vaccine against herpes. Vaccines can prevent infection, but they do not cure a person who already carries the virus.

      For now, if you get cold sores, your best bet is just to rest and take good care of your overall health. Don't forget to drink herbal tea, breathe, and relax!

  30. QUESTION:
    I have had a herpes for 15 years, will it ever go away.?
    I have break outs at least 3 times a year.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Red Bull

      Here are some ideas on how to heal the issue.

      Herpes refers to a class of viral infections of both a sexual and nonsexual nature. There are actually over 70 different types of herpes, all of which are caused by one or more herpes viruses. Overall, herpes viruses are very common in the population at large. In fact, some health experts estimate that 90 percent of all Americans are infected by one or more strains of herpes virus.

      Herpes viruses, once they gain a foothold in the body, can remain dormant for years before symptoms manifest, usually after being triggered by stress to the immune system. In addition, symptoms can come and go, and even when symptoms are no longer noticeable, it does not necessarily mean that the viruses have been eradicated.

      Types of Herpes
      Although there are more than 70 known herpes viruses, the two most common types of herpes are herpes simplex 1 (HSV1) and herpes simplex 2 (HSV2), or genital herpes. Herpes simplex 2 is a sexually transmitted disease, or STD, while herpes simplex 1 is often present in the body simply due to a weakened immune system, not as a result of sexual contact. Both types are very widespread among the population of the United States.

      Cause
      Herpes is caused by one of more than 70 infectious herpes viruses. Outbreaks caused by herpes are most often triggered by physical or emotional stress that suppresses immune function. Nutritional deficiencies can also increase the risk of contracting herpes.

      Quick Action Plan for Herpes

      1. Emphasize fresh, organic foods, with plenty of non citrus fruits and vegetables, complex carbohydrates, free-range, organic meats and poultry, wild-caught fish, and an abundance of pure filtered water.

      2. Avoid all commercial, processed, and nonorganic food, as well as alcohol, coffee, sugars, artificial sweeteners, preservatives, food dyes, milk and dairy products, and wheat and wheat products.

      3. Avoid all arginine-rich foods, including all nuts, sunflower and sesame seeds, coconut, chocolate, wheat and wheat byproducts, soy, lentils, oats, corn, rice, barley, tomatoes, and squash.

      4. Be screened for food allergies.

      5. Supplement with vitamin A, B-complex, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, vitamin C, zinc, adrenal glandular extract, quercitin, and the amino acid lysine.

      6. Drink plenty of organic, fresh-squeezed carrot, celery and beet juice.

      7. Apply salves of aloe vera gel or calendula cream.
      Hot baths if you can tolerate them, followed with a short cold bath or sitz bath. Do this daily.

      8. A useful herbal remedy for herpes is to combine tinctures of Echinacea, goldenseal, nettle and Siberian ginseng in equal measures. Take half a teaspoon three times a day to boost immune function.

      9 Take precautions when you are in an outbreak to avoid spreading the virus to others.
      To ensure you are following the most effective treatment plan, work with a qualified holistic health professional.

      Prevention Guidelines

      As with all sexually transmitted diseases, the most effective response to chlamydia is prevention. To avoid herpes, do the following:

      Be careful about choosing a sex partner and find out about his or her health and sexual history before engaging in a sexual relationship. Have sex only if the person has no apparent signs of infection and is willing to assure your protection during sexual intimacy. Be prepared to talk and inquire about past experiences. Be direct and persistent. Make conversations about health a natural part of the sexual relationship.

      Limit the number of people you have sex with. The risk of contracting an STD rises exponentially in direct relation to how many sexual partners you have.

      Avoid sex altogether if your partner exhibits open lesions or swelling on his or her body.

      Always practice safe sex. Men should always use a latex condom, especially when engaging in sex with someone new. As an alternative, women can consider the use of a latex female condom. When engaging in oral sex, use a latex dental dam. Long-term, monogamous sexual partners should also use some form of protective contraceptive unless planning a pregnancy.

      Avoid swallowing semen, as it acts as an immune suppressant and thus can increase the risk of STDs caused by infectious microorgamisms.

      Avoid anal sex, especially without protection.

      Urinate after you have sexual intercourse in order to help clean the urethra and prevent infection. This applies to both men and women.

      Have an annual checkup to be screened for STDs that you may not know you have.

      If you know that you have a sexually transmitted disease, be responsible. Inform your partner and insist that he or she be examined and treated as well. Follow the treatment regimen that your physician prescribes as completely as possible, and always use protection whenever you engage in sex.

      Best of health to both of you

  31. QUESTION:
    why did the sharp pain in my lip turn in to a clod sore?

    • ANSWER:
      Cold sores are a viral infection, called Herpes Simplex Virus 1.

      It often begins as a tingling of the lip, and may become slightly painful or sensitive, it then blisters on the surface of the lip and spreads slightly.

      Once you have this virus unfortunately you will always have it, and may get a cold sore at any time.
      Triggers for cold sores may be stress, sunlight, physical trauma or occur when you've been sick for another reason (eg a cold).
      The best way to treat a cold sore is to use a colsore cream as soon as the tingling starts (acyclovir is currently the best). After the "tingling" stage, all you can really do is make sure the sore doesn't get too cracked and then infected.

      To prevent them you can try avoiding the triggers, or taking L-Lysine (an amino acid) regularly.

      To avoid passing it onto others, avoid sharing eating utensils, drink bottles, toothbrushes etc, avoid kissing etv, and avoid oral sex as it can be transmitted as genital herpes.

  32. QUESTION:
    Is there anything in nature ie. food that has some or any of the ingredients in Anit-viral medications used..?
    to treat genital herpes?

    • ANSWER:
      If you think you have the virus, see a doctor while symptoms are still present. The doctor will look at the area, take a sample from the sore(s) and test to see if the herpes virus is present. The test you should request is a specific virus culture or assay for herpes virus. Remember, the test will not work if the sores have healed.

      Supplements-
      1.Lysine: 1,000 mg 3 times a day for flare-ups, then 500 mg a day. Take on an empty stomach; don't take with milk.

      2.Lysine cream: apply topically to lesions twice a day or as recommended on label.

      3.Lactobacillus acidophilus: three capsules a day; one with each meal.

      4.Vitamin C/Flavonoids : 1,000 mg vitamin C and 500 mg flavonoids 3 times a day. Use for flare-ups; reduce dose if diarrhea develops.

      5.Vitamin A: 25,000 IU twice a day for 5 days.
      Women who are pregnant or considering pregnancy should not exceed 5,000 IU a day.

      6.Echinacea/Goldenseal : 200 mg echinacea and 125 mg goldenseal 4 times a day. Sold singly or as combination supplement.

      7.Selenium : 600 mcg a day only during flare-ups. Don't exceed 600 mcg daily; higher doses may be toxic.

      8.Flaxseed Oil: 1 tbsp. (14 grams) a day. Can be mixed with food; take in the morning.

      9.Vitamin E: 400 IU, daily.

      Diet - Try more the following foods which are high in lysine:
      most fruits and vegetables, fish, chicken, beef, lamb, milk, cheese, beans, brewer's yeast and mung bean sprouts.

      Avoid arginine-rich foods, including chocolate, peanuts, nuts, seeds, cereal grains such as oatmeal, gelatin, carob, and raisins.

      At the first signs of an initial outbreak--pain, burning, and itching at the site of contact four to five days after encounter with an infected partner--call your doctor to confirm diagnosis and get a prescription for acyclovir (Zovirax), which will lessen the severity of the initial outbreak.

      Keep affected area clean and dry.

      Do not use over-the-counter ointments or creams on the lesions, unless prescribed by a doctor.

      To keep the area dry, wear cotton underwear and non-binding clothes.

      Warm baths--two or three daily during an outbreak--can give relief.

      Relief from pain can be achieved with the use of an ice pack or ice covered with a clean cloth. Apply for ten minutes to lesions and then remove for five minutes. Repeat three or four times.

      Remember not to touch the lesions and then touch your face, mouth, eyes, and so on, as this can spread the infection.

      Adopt a method of stress control.

  33. QUESTION:
    Discreet Herpes Treatment?
    I was diagnosed with genital herpes recently. I know that there are several different treatments and such but no cure. Is there anything out that that's more discreet than the creams or pills? I'm still really down about this :(

    • ANSWER:
      You can try Lysine, it's available at most natural path or health food stores. Don't be down about it, millions of people are dealing with the same thing.

  34. QUESTION:
    i got herpes from a fever blister on my fiance' lip...now i have to live with it forever...what to do?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, .....

      I'm sorry you have fever blisters. This is kinda' long-ish but I'm trying to be detailed for you. I have medical and scientific training, so I hope I can be of help here but before I give you the info below:

      Please let me first encourage you to ignore the ppl who are making you feel dirty or are saying things like "duh" or whatever... they are ridiculous. Cold sores are VERY common among most ppl and you should not be ashamed in the least. COLD SORES ARE NOT THE SAME THING AS TRADITONAL GENITAL HERPES.

      Also, please ignore those who are telling you to get angry with your fiancee. cold sores are not something anyone needs to disclose prior to marriage any more than canker sores, calloused feet, or acne on your bum :) It really is that common. And I speak as one who has a spouse with cold sores (I don't have them), and aunt, and several friends.

      So, yeah. You are not gross, dirty, dumb, or any of that. Just human :)

      some info for you

      1) Fever Blister (Herpes simplex I) are caused by a different herpes virus than genital herpes (Herpes simplex II). I'll call them mouth and genital herpes to simplify things :)

      A bit about crossing mouth herpes over to genital herpes, since other mentioned this.

      Bad news: mouth-to-genital and vice-versa herpes transmission can occur. That is mouth herpes can be given to a partner in the genital area (oral sex from fever blister to healthy partner)....... and genital herpes can be found on the mouth (genital herpes to healthy partner).

      Good news: Mouth herpes infections on the genitals *usually* don't lead to persistent genital infections. For some reason, the mouth virus "prefers" the mouth region and the genital virus prefers the genitals.

      SO: With so-called cross-infections" ... most likely you'll get a 1-time infection in the "other region" and then it will resolve.

      This is not always true, BUT consider this:

      I IF you have a second flare up: you are 6-8 times MORE likely to have any follow-up herpes flare-up on the mouth rather than genitals if you got herpes by the mouth virus.... that is, you are probably going to get fever blisters from now on.. NOT sores on your NUNU.

      However, genital herpes from a genital virus carrier? You are 400 TIMES MORE LIKELY to get a follow-up flare in the genitals. repeat: 400 TIMES... in other words, genital herpes is really on the genitals.

      The same trends are true for the opposite: genital herpes transmission to the mouth is usually a 1 time thing that clears without persistent oral or genital follow-up flares.

      2) Fever blisters are activated by stress: that means ALL kinds of stress, from the psychological kind to the physical kind (i.e. not eating enough or becoming sick...you know cellular stress) .

      basically, the virus is triggered to reproduce when it gets signals that the cell is in a state of distress. your body sends these signals during times of stress and the virus reproduction is what causes the sores... they make new viral particles and burst the cells from inside.

      So... maintaining a stress free lifestyle can greatly reduce the # of outbreaks you might have, in addition to being good for your immune system, your heart, and overall state of mind :)

      3) Fever blisters can be managed with over-the-counter medications (usually creams, e.g. Viractin.. IIRC)

      4) Lysine supplements available in any vitamin store can be used to drastically reduce the overall fever blister time. use them at the first sign of a fever blister. Usually this is a tingle you feel a few days in advance of the sore. If you start taking the supp's then you can sometimes prevent sores totally, or at least reduce the time and severity drastically. This is currently a topic of research at the Harvard Medical School.

      I hope this helps alleviate your concerns a bit. You will have fever blister virus for life, but it is absolutely not the end of the world... not even close.

      Good luck with the wedding and I hope all the best for you and your fiancee!

      take care :)

      ____________________________
      Response added 04-05-2008:

      @ Mayflower:

      1) The use of the term "mouth herpes" was chosen to simplify the description for anyone who is not comfortable speaking in scientific lingo and using viral strain names.

      They are both responsible for infections in the genital region, and they can both infect the orolabial region. HOWEVER, fever blisters (generally HSV-1) are usually recognized as normal and socially non-stigmatizing, whereas genital herpes (generally caused by HSV-2) is a much more serious infection: from the standpoint of both recurrence and social stigmatization.

      2) I'd like to see your reference for the 70% incidence of HSV-1 in genital infections.

      That being said, HSV-1 infections in the genitals, or MOUTH HERPES to the rest of us, are NOT RECURRENT IN THE GENITALS in most cases... and that is my point.

      The Simplex I virus preferentially locates to the orolabial region for unknown reasons. Contrast that to Simplex II virus which has an EXTREMELY high rate of recurrence in the genitals.

      Please refer to Kinghorn's paper for the relevant data on recurrence rates and locations for HSV-1 vs HSV-2 genital infections (in the source section).

      3) All of the above notwithstanding, I think we BOTH agree that an HSV-1 infection is not the end of the world, not a reason to cause tension or rifts between two lovers, and everyone should just have a Coke and a smile :)

      I'm not recommending that someone with a fever blister perform oral sex on their partner, just relaying the facts as they have been reported in the literature.

      take care :)

  35. QUESTION:
    Is HBalm for genital herpes a scam?
    I noticed on this site...a few folks mentioning HBalm to keep genital herpes outbreaks away...
    I ordered it (a bit expensive!)
    It worried me a bit when I received it - since baby oil, vaseline, bath oils....they all irritate me just enough to trigger an outbreak!!! And when I saw it was an oil - I decided to try it & hope for the best.
    HBALM TRIGGERED AN OUTBREAK!!!
    Anybody else tried it? Gotten similar results???
    We all need to know!
    I take L-Lysine also...
    heard on here recently that when you feel PRE-symptoms - chewing them makes them ACT quicker....and 1000 mg (2 tablets instead of 1) to clear an outbreak up & it did work to make this outbreak clear up in only 2 days!

    • ANSWER:
      It's a scam! Its expensive and works on new people's hope to stop this painful disease. I bought it a couple of years ago and it's still in my medicine cabinet but since it didn't work on me i stopped using it.

      The only thing that really works to prevent out breaks (beyond a prescription) is Lysine. I take that like a vitamin with every meal and it has worked wonders! No oils, no mess, just take it orally everyday and it will prevent the next outbreak.

      I take a high quality brand called Thorne Lysine vitamins. They are the best and for three months it was only . Best of luck to you!

      Oh and one more thing... all the lysine creams and junk don't work on me. I would just keep the area clean and dry, wearing cotton underwear and eat healthy meals along with the lysine. It will work and get the outbreak to heal faster. So I would up the amount of lysine you take with each meal during an outbreak, but if you're diligent taking it with every meal then you wont get outbreaks! And isn't that enough motivation to start taking Lysine everyday? ; )

      PS Just looked at my invoice for the L-Lysine and it was 7.70 for one bottle of 60 capsules.

  36. QUESTION:
    Discreet Herpes Treatment? .?
    I was diagnosed with genital herpes recently. I know that there are several different treatments and such but no cure. Is there anything out that that's more discreet than the creams or pills? I'm still really down about this :(

    • ANSWER:
      There is Lysine but you would have to take a lot of it in order for it to be effective. No one has to know about it besides your pharmacist and you doctor (they should keep any info about your health private), or whom ever else you decide to tell. Keep your treatment in a discrete location.

  37. QUESTION:
    Do's and Don'ts for a cold sore ?
    I have a cold sore on my bottom lip that just came this morning . What are some things i can do to speed up the healing process . Also what can't i eat that will irritate the cold sore ?

    • ANSWER:
      I am just healing up from my first cold sore ever.

      If you go to the drug store, you can buy L-Lysine vitamin pills that speed up the healing process. You need to take 3000 mg a day (I got 1000 mg tablets, so I took 3 tablets a day). It's just an amino acid, it's naturally found in all the foods you eat anyway, it's just a bigger quantity - so it isn't dangerous for you at all (just dont take more than 10,000 mg a day, or it can start to be bad for you!).

      I also bought Abreva, which is a cream you dab on your cold sore (the sooner the better) to prevent the virus from spreading to nearby cells -- so it doesn't get as "big." It also helps by moisturizing the cold sore so it heals quicker.

      Avoid starchy foods - pasta, rice, breads -- have some but not tons -- they have a different amino acid that actually helps the cold sore grow.

      Do not pick at the scab, but gently wet it at night (or during your shower).

      Super important: Don't touch it! It is contagious to other parts of your body. If you get the virus in your eye, you could actually go blind in the future. If you get the virus on your genitals, it can mutate into the other strain of genital herpes. For those two reasons, it is extremely important that you wash your hands with soap if you ever touch it - and don't kiss people.

      Good luck. It's been about 7 days for me and I have just a small dark scab left, but it will be gone soon.

  38. QUESTION:
    Oral herpes question! Help!?
    Hello please help me because I’m freaking out. I’m 29 and I have had a small amount of sex partners. I tested positive for HSV-1 1 year ago through a blood test. I was negative for genital herpes. I have never had a cold sore in my life. 3 days ago, I felt discomfort in my lip. I thought it might be a tingle, but it didn’t burn or itch. So yesterday I applied some abreva medicine on the area and the feeling went away. I didn’t get a blister. Can someone tell me what the tingle feels like, is it intense?

    What should I do? Should I continue to use the abreva for a few more days? Im allergic to chocolate, but I ate a lot of it prior to the discomfort in my lip. Could that have triggered it? Can deep kissing trigger a outbreak?
    Is Lysine effective for preventing outbreaks? Is yogurt effective? What type of diet is best to prevent outbreaks?
    I’m in a new relationship, and im scared of passing the virus. I have deeply kissed him several times already. What should I do? In the future, will I be able to perform oral sex without passing the virus?
    Can I reinfect myself with the virus in my genitals when I feel the tingling sensation? Am I contagious in that stage when I feel a tingle?

    Thanks for helping me! My doctor didnt share much info

    • ANSWER:
      The symptoms are different for every one for me it usually feels like your lips are going a bit numb.
      Don't freak out, cold sores are very common to have and they don't do any thing to your health besides cause an annoying sore or blister. They are often passed during child hood by being innocently kissed, so you could have had them long before you were interested in kissing boys or having sex.
      Eating things or doing things that lower your immune system or doing things cause you a lot of stress can trigger break outs. Kissing isn't likely to trigger a break out.
      Lysine can be affective but you have to take a lot of it, yogurt not so much (but it could help boost your immune system) because oral herpes is caused by a virus. Try living a more active and healthy life style, also try to reduce the stress in your life. When you boost your immune system you can help reduce and prevent break outs. Also try not to stay out in very hot or cold weather for long periods of time, that can also trigger break outs. The best things to use on a cold sore is Abreva or cold sore creams and antiviral medication but use either the creams or medication.
      You're not likely to reinfect your self once you al ready have it. When you have any signs or symptoms of a cold sore you are contagious until it completely goes away. So don't kiss any one or give oral sex while you have any signs of a cold sore.

  39. QUESTION:
    Herpes treatments? . .?
    I have had herpes for four years. I do not have any insurance for the medications. Is there any home treatments that can be done to help the discomfort (pain) during an out break?

    • ANSWER:
      I spent lots of time and research looking this up myself. There aren't may options. There this stuff called Herpecin and H-Balm and other related stuff I have never tried myself. If its a cold sore on your mouth Abreva worked pretty well for me. If its genital - what worked for me is 2 1,000mg lysine in the morning and 2 at night. Epsom salt and tea tree oil bath for 15-30 mins every other day. Using corn starch on a cotton ball throughout the day to keep it dry. Crushing up tylenol pm (u can put it in a baggie and use a hammer) mixing it with a TINY bit of hot water and cold sore medication (most people recommend Abreva but i've used L-Lysine+ cream its like 7 bucks instead and it worked fine for me) - put it on over the infected area right before you go to bed (i used a blow dryer to help dry it 1st). Sounds crazy i know but it worked for me.

      - also Ive been experimenting with mixing crushed lysene with the tylenol pm
      -and it will hurt when you 1st put the mix on as a warning - cuz the site failed to mention that

  40. QUESTION:
    newly diagnosed with herpes?
    I would like to know anyone who has experience with this disease. I'm well read on it but what real life answers. What is the best medication to use to prevent outbreaks, what topical creams help the itch and irritations? How do you protect your partner? Have you had herpes and never spread it to your partner? What do you do about oral sex? Any info would be helpful.
    Curious

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Curious

      Here are some answers.

      Herpes refers to a class of viral infections of both a sexual and nonsexual nature. There are actually over 70 different types of herpes, all of which are caused by one or more herpes viruses. Overall, herpes viruses are very common in the population at large. In fact, some health experts estimate that 90 percent of all Americans are infected by one or more strains of herpes virus.

      Herpes viruses, once they gain a foothold in the body, can remain dormant for years before symptoms manifest, usually after being triggered by stress to the immune system. In addition, symptoms can come and go, and even when symptoms are no longer noticeable, it does not necessarily mean that the viruses have been eradicated.

      Types of Herpes
      Although there are more than 70 known herpes viruses, the two most common types of herpes are herpes simplex 1 (HSV1) and herpes simplex 2 (HSV2), or genital herpes. Herpes simplex 2 is a sexually transmitted disease, or STD, while herpes simplex 1 is often present in the body simply due to a weakened immune system, not as a result of sexual contact. Both types are very widespread among the population of the United States.

      Cause
      Herpes is caused by one of more than 70 infectious herpes viruses. Outbreaks caused by herpes are most often triggered by physical or emotional stress that suppresses immune function. Nutritional deficiencies can also increase the risk of contracting herpes.

      Quick Action Plan for Herpes

      1. Emphasize fresh, organic foods, with plenty of non citrus fruits and vegetables, complex carbohydrates, free-range, organic meats and poultry, wild-caught fish, and an abundance of pure filtered water.

      2. Avoid all commercial, processed, and nonorganic food, as well as alcohol, coffee, sugars, artificial sweeteners, preservatives, food dyes, milk and dairy products, and wheat and wheat products.

      3. Avoid all arginine-rich foods, including all nuts, sunflower and sesame seeds, coconut, chocolate, wheat and wheat byproducts, soy, lentils, oats, corn, rice, barley, tomatoes, and squash.

      4. Be screened for food allergies.

      5. Supplement with vitamin A, B-complex, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, vitamin C, zinc, adrenal glandular extract, quercitin, and the amino acid lysine.

      6. Drink plenty of organic, fresh-squeezed carrot, celery and beet juice.

      7. Apply salves of aloe vera gel or calendula cream.
      Hot baths if you can tolerate them, followed with a short cold bath or sitz bath. Do this daily.

      8. A useful herbal remedy for herpes is to combine tinctures of Echinacea, goldenseal, nettle and Siberian ginseng in equal measures. Take half a teaspoon three times a day to boost immune function.

      9 Take precautions when you are in an outbreak to avoid spreading the virus to others.
      To ensure you are following the most effective treatment plan, work with a qualified holistic health professional.

      Prevention Guidelines
      As with all sexually transmitted diseases, the most effective response to chlamydia is prevention. To avoid herpes, do the following:

      1. Be careful about choosing a sex partner and find out about his or her health and sexual history before engaging in a sexual relationship. Have sex only if the person has no apparent signs of infection and is willing to assure your protection during sexual intimacy. Be prepared to talk and inquire about past experiences. Be direct and persistent. Make conversations about health a natural part of the sexual relationship.

      2. Limit the number of people you have sex with. The risk of contracting an STD rises exponentially in direct relation to how many sexual partners you have.

      3. Avoid sex altogether if your partner exhibits open lesions or swelling on his or her body.

      4. Always practice safe sex. Men should always use a latex condom, especially when engaging in sex with someone new. As an alternative, women can consider the use of a latex female condom. When engaging in oral sex, use a latex dental dam. Long-term, monogamous sexual partners should also use some form of protective contraceptive unless planning a pregnancy.

      5. Avoid swallowing semen, as it acts as an immune suppressant and thus can increase the risk of STDs caused by infectious microorgamisms.

      6. Avoid anal sex, especially without protection.
      Urinate after you have sexual intercourse in order to help clean the urethra and prevent infection. This applies to both men and women.

      7. Have an annual checkup to be screened for STDs that you may not know you have.

      8. If you know that you have a sexually transmitted disease, be responsible. Inform your partner and insist that he or she be examined and treated as well. Follow the treatment regimen that your physician prescribes as completely as possible, and always use protection whenever you engage in sex.

      Best of health to you

      Cheers

  41. QUESTION:
    genital herpes, itchiness, soreness?
    Hey guys, im having my second out break of genial herpes

    Iv had i now for 2 weeks and have been on tablets from my doctor for 3 days

    When i pee and poo the pain is unbearable
    And its itching me. But its one of them itches that just has to be itched.

    Im fine during the day as i can ignore the itch but on a night time i must have been itching it in my sleep, then when i wake up on a morning its even sorer.

    Any ideas of how to stop the itch? and how to stop the pain?
    Haruhi!

    DONT COMMENT ON MY QUESTION CALLING ME A SLAG TO GET 2 POINS WHEN YOU DONT KNOW ME AND YOU DONT KNOW HOW I GOT THE STI, BECAUSE TRUST ME YOU WOULD BE APPOLOGISING IF YOU NEW HOW F U C K I N G A R S E H O L E

    • ANSWER:
      Hey,

      I have it too and now only get outbreaks about once a year so hang in there, it gets better and easier to manage. Now, whenever i get the slightest symptom, i take the acyclovir for a few days and it all clears up. No pain or itchiness. I know that doesn't help you short term tho!

      So.... coldsore cream helps - zovirax I think it's called, and yes, it does say not to apply it anywhere other than your mouth but my doc recommended it for me and it does work. Also try luke warm salt baths to pee in as that helps with the sting. Also drink lots of water as it dilutes your pee so it's not so stingy when it touches your skin. Upping your intake of fruit and veg to keep your body healthier and cutting down on alcohol too helps long term. Try more exercise to stress bust - I find i only get an outbreak now when something stresses me out enough to make me cry! Oh, and when i was first pregnant - I got one then!

      look up on google for teabags as well - i'm fairly sure there's something in cold tea put on the sores that helps. Also, I took multi vitamins with added Lysine which I ordered online when i first got it, I'm not sure if they helped as I was getting outbreaks pretty much every week to start with (5 years ago) but can't hurt to try!

      Good luck, it does get easier, i promise :)

      Oh and Haruhi - grow up!

  42. QUESTION:
    Is this good enough?
    I HATE COLD SORES. When i feel one coming i ice it for 5-10 minutes. Then goes abreva. i take 1,000 mg of Lysine I believe it's an amino acid supposed to prevent cold sores. Then I take 1,000 mg of vitamin c, then I use a liquid capsel of vitamin E and apply that to the infected area. Am I doing everything correct. This is NOT done all at the same time

    • ANSWER:
      You seem to be doing most of the right things, to treat your outbreaks. I have to say. " COLD SORES SUCK!" I hate them! Herpes is caused by the hominis virus, a viral infection, of the skin. It is most likely something you have had and carried most of your life. The reason for outbreaks, is because when the virus clears, it hides in the nerves and is never completely removed from the body. Cold sores are herpes simplex 1 (HSV-1) Many people are infected and don't even know it. Unfortunately, they carry the virus, spread the disease and infect other people without knowing it. HSV-1, is NOT the same as genital herpes but CAN be spread similarly, by kissing, sharing personal items etc...Also, Exposure to the sun, fever (thus the phrase 'fever blisters') and menstruation can also trigger an outbreak.The virus is EXTREMELY CONTAGIOUS! I know you didn't ask for the 'reasons' WHY you get the cold sores but I thought it may help you. I don't know if it is mentioned anywhere else but I personally notice, I get them from stress too! There are A LOT of different things you can do/use to cure or relieve cold sores. Things work different, for different people.Some work better than others. I think you are doing some of the best things you can do, short of prescription medication,or going to see the Doctor. I've heard of prescription pills you can take on a regular basis, to prevent outbreaks. There are SO MANY ways to treat the cold sores. You should look some up online.The reason I say this, is because you may find something better than I suggest here. My personal way to treat cold sores is this; at the first sign of my cold sore, I pop the blisters, put rubbing alcohol on then to dry them out, disinfect them and stop the spread. Then, I put my 'Retin -A cream (only by prescription) on them and they peel off in a matter of a few days. There are other things besides retin-A, that heal them also.I know some people put 'ointments' of some kind on to heal them too but for me, ointments alone seem to draw out the healing time. I prefer to dry them up a.s.a.p. and then put the ointments on to soften and heal. So...I guess it's all about how fast you want them to heal and how you prefer to treat them. May be the healing 'ointments' are better in the long run, I don't know. Good luck to you hope you find a good regiment for yourself. sorry so long!

  43. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of very painful genital herpes blisters?
    I just had my first outbreak starting about 6 days ago and if anything it's gotten worse. The blisters are around the inside of the "lips" of my vagina making it extremely painful to pee because it makes them burn badly. I've been putting a lot of vaginal cream containing benzocaine on the blisters because that's the only thing that makes the pain bearable. I've been taking acyclovir since Saturday and also added Lysine pills. I've read a whole bunch of ways to try and get the blisters to go away but they've all consisted of keeping the area dry which due to the area, I don't see how that's possible because I'm naturally moist in that area. To make matters worse, I just got my period. I'm unable to wear a tampon due to the pain and I honestly don't know if the blood is making it worse as it keeps coming in contact with the blisters. I know it can take around 2 weeks for them to go away or something like that but is there anything I can do to speed the process or at the very least make sure that the 2 weeks is all it takes? I just feel like they aren't anywhere near improving and that more just keep showing up and I feel dirty and like they'll just be there forever (I know the disease will be unless someone discovers a cure but I mean the blisters themselves) because maybe the moist atmosphere will just be a permanent breeding ground for them. I don't know what to do and was hoping for advice.

    ETA: I asked this last night too and while there were helpful people, I've already been to the clinic. That's how I got the pills but the best advice she had was soaking in Epsom salts for the blisters themselves (which I don't feel comfortable doing when it's a bath my brother and sisters use and I'm paranoid about giving them this torturous disease) and that doctors the one who told me it's best to try and keep it clean and dry but she had no advice to give on the fact that it's a naturally moist area and that I'm on my period so that's why I was hoping to get more opinions here.

    • ANSWER:
      My first outbreak lasted 1 month and two weeks. It was extremely painful and i ALSO got my period during it. I chose to take vitamins rather than anti-virals. The best vitamin to take is Propolis. There have been several studies that show propolis kills herpes. You can buy it at whole foods, sprouts, vitamin world. I took it by mouth and I also purchased the ointment to rub directly onto the sores. It burns really badly at first, but then the pain goes almost completely away for several hours! I fought through the pain and used tampons, because your outbreak can get even worse if it's really wet down there. I also used Benadryl gel sometimes. Now, I take lysine, zinc, propolis, astragalus and acidophilus to prevent outbreaks and it seems to be working great! I really feel for you :( I wanted my boyfriend (whom I live with and has herpes as well) to take me to the emergency room several times because of the pain :( make sure you drink lots of water, get plenty of sleep and take Advil every six hours. I found it easier to urinate in epsom salt baths, so i took one twice daily to relieve myself. It will go away and the next outbreaks won't be nearly as painful!

  44. QUESTION:
    Herpules is it for herpes only !?
    is it a supplement ? I hera it works for shingles too.

    • ANSWER:
      Not the same viruses at all.

      Shingles (Herpes ZOSTER) comes as the result of a prior infection of chickenpox (VZC) varicella zoster virus. HSV-1 (oral herpes) and HSV 2 (genital herpes) are from the Herpes SIMPLEX family of viruses.

      Save your money. L-lysine is one supplement people take to help with herpes. Most of the other advertisers fail to give you the ingredients for a reason--they're worthless! This is probably one of them.

      If you are looking for some natural help with shingles, try Earth Clinic--it's a community of people who have tried a variety of home remedies to relieve the pain. I found that an aspirin paste (aspirins+water, mixed and applied with a cotton ball-discard after using!) helps relieve the pain and dry blisters. So does aloe vera gel and/or generic asper-cream Am including a source link for you--and it is NOT a spam/phishing site like some I see on here!

      Other than that, ask your physician for a prescription for Lyrica. It definitely helps with the pain and post-herpetic neuralgia common with shingles--used it myself!

  45. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of very painful genital herpes blisters?
    I just had my first outbreak starting about 6 days ago and if anything it's gotten worse. The blisters are around the inside of the "lips" of my vagina making it extremely painful to pee because it makes them burn badly. I've been putting a lot of vaginal cream containing benzocaine on the blisters because that's the only thing that makes the pain bearable. I've been taking acyclovir since Saturday and also added Lysine pills. I've read a whole bunch of ways to try and get the blisters to go away but they've all consisted of keeping the area dry which due to the area, I don't see how that's possible because I'm naturally moist in that area. To make matters worse, I just got my period. I'm unable to wear a tampon due to the pain and I honestly don't know if the blood is making it worse as it keeps coming in contact with the blisters. I know it can take around 2 weeks for them to go away or something like that but is there anything I can do to speed the process or at the very least make sure that the 2 weeks is all it takes? I just feel like they aren't anywhere near improving and that more just keep showing up and I feel dirty and like they'll just be there forever because maybe the moist atmosphere will just be a permanent breeding ground for them. I don't know what to do and was hoping for advice.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to go to a sexual health clinic and have a consultation with the Dr and then a range of tests as you may have picked up an STI as well as these genital herpies, also you should be tested for HIV, The clinic will give you a course of antibiotics if You have an infection and counseling/treatment if unfortunate enough to be HIV positive. The genital herpies is very contagious you must use separate towels when bathing and refrain from sex as its transmitted by skin to skin contact. Its important that you inform the clinic of your sexual contacts so they can be tested and receive treatment. The genital herpies will subside after a month, and move to a stable state and I'm sorry to say you have the virus for life, as so far there is no permimamt cure. I'm really sorry for you and hope you feel some relief soon.

  46. QUESTION:
    Have you experienced anything unusual since being diagnosed with genital herpes?
    I have had herpes for 3 monthes now....I'm still trying to learn and get used to it! I had a second outbreak a week ago. the sore appeared hours after intercourse. Is this usually? The sore was a little painful...didn't itch and I would forget that its there. Also I experience itching occasionally in between outbreaks which is relieved with monistat vaginal cream. I too sometimes get this feeling of tiny insect bites all over my pubic area buttocks and thighs(-__- irritating)....I assumed it was my hairs being pulled at by my jeans because it was worse when i walked, so I shaved. it was little relief. I also experienced some shedding of what appear to be the skin down there, which from my understanding is viral shedding. Has anyone experienced these? Also what are some of the different things you experience, now that you've been diagnosed?

    SNs: The lesion was in the exact same spot (crease between lower vaginal lip and thigh) as the first but it was smaller. It didnt crust/scab. I cant remember if the first or this outbreak was a blister (never seen a blister but i assumed it burst before I got a chance to really observe it).

    • ANSWER:
      I had read on the internet that you can buy a bottle of hydrogen peroxide and kill it right away after each breakout. If you kill it with hydrogen peroxide once before you shower in the morning, and once at night before bed, the breakout will die instead of infect. You have to stay away from all foods containing higher amounts of L-Arginine. Nuts, peanut butter, all chocolate, raw coconut, grapefruit, purple fruits, grape juice and grape soda, don't drink orange juice anymore, some sodas with citric acid, do not eat blueberries, no raisins, grain cereals like shredded wheat, eat bran flakes only minimal, whole wheat pasta is a grain that may cause a breakout in some cases, Gelatin may also be a cause (jello, some yogurts). test yourself to tolerance to what you eat. Eating things with more L-Lysine helps suppress breakouts. Eat some dairy products daily. You can buy a bottle for .00 at Wal-mart. If, and when you infect you will be in pain, and using mouthwash with alcohol ingredients irritates also. Herpes thrives on L-arginine, so by eating foods with L-Lysine will help suppress breakouts. Mangoes and dried apricots are on the good list along with cheeses, cottage cheese, ice cream, yogurt without gelatin (not Yoplait), Dannon is good, Milk. Do some dairy everyday and if you accidentally eat something with higher L-arginine ratio in it then hurry up and eat a lot of cheese. Yes, meat is ok to eat, but stay away from too much white flour. see links below for ratios-> http://nutritiondata.self.com/foods-000083000000089000000-w.html and http://search.yahoo.com/r/_ylt=A0oG7meJ8ENPGDoAiYxXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTE2dm9scGZiBHNlYwNzcgRwb3MDMTMEY29sbwNhYzIEdnRpZANNU1kxMDFfMjA4/SIG=12pi7d9ls/EXP=1329881353/**http%3a//www.sandiegohomeopathy.com/downloads/Lysine_Arginine_Foods.pdf

  47. QUESTION:
    herpes simplex 1????
    ok i had herpes simplex 1 for the last 2 weeks, but now its gone, but the doctor said that i'll still get it every 6 or 7 months but only as one or two spots on my lips, so what i want to know is if right now i dun have anythin on my lips cuz its gone n im better, if i kiss my girlfriend can she get it since its contagiuos?? or is it only contagiuos when it takes affect n show's up on my lips?? thanks for any help.

    • ANSWER:
      Nothing for you or your gf to freak out about, most people get them or have antibodies which keep them from having outbreaks. Again MOST of the population has HSV-1 antibodies! Health professionals estimate that 90% of the population has been exposed. It is more contagious when you have an outbreak, but there is a possibility of transmitting it when you are outbreak-free.

      I, personally, got tested and am negative for both. My sister got tested and she has antibodies to HSV-1, but has NEVER had a cold sore. When you are exposed, you can break out, but sometimes people just have a good immune system, and never do. They just have the antibodies to it. She could already have antibodies against it and never break out.

      So if she were to get it, it's not a horrible, horrible thing. IT IS NOT GENITAL, where you would have to worry about having sex and transmitting it to your partner.

      You can get a cream medicine from a doctor that will help when you has a cold sore. Also, both of you can get a pill called lysine without a prescription from Walgreens or Walmart or some other drugstore. That will help with outbreaks and help prevent future ones.

  48. QUESTION:
    Herpes treatment please.? ...?
    My mom has herpes and she has it bad. She has an outbreak usually once a month and it even hits her nerves. She is in a lot of pain when this happens. She is 59 years old and the otc meds for it have awful side effects including liver and heart problems so with her age it's too risky. Does anyone know of something else to help? A cream? An herb? Anything??? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I spent lots of time and research looking this up myself. There aren't may options. There this stuff called Herpecin and H-Balm and other related stuff I have never tried myself. If its a cold sore on your mouth Abreva worked pretty well for me. If its genital - what worked for me is 2 1,000mg lysine in the morning and 2 at night. Epsom salt and tea tree oil bath for 15-30 mins every other day. Using corn starch on a cotton ball throughout the day to keep it dry. Crushing up tylenol pm (u can put it in a baggie and use a hammer) mixing it with a TINY bit of hot water and cold sore medication (most people recommend Abreva but i've used L-Lysine+ cream its like 7 bucks instead and it worked fine for me) - put it on over the infected area right before you go to bed (i used a blow dryer to help dry it 1st). Sounds crazy i know but it worked for me.

      - also Ive been experimenting with mixing crushed lysene with the tylenol pm
      -and it will hurt when you 1st put the mix on as a warning - cuz the site failed to mention that

  49. QUESTION:
    Why do people say genital hsv 1 is no big deal?
    I know oral to genital is very prevalent. My friend caught the cold sore virus on her genital from her and had a culture done and was + for hsv 1. She was told by her gyn that it wasnt a big deal and she can live a normal life she is just one of the few people who knows she has the virus and will be able to take more precautionary measures. Her doctor told her that everyone has some form of the virus but dont know which kind they have.

    Is this true and is genital hsv not a big deal? Also will I catch it from her being that we share a bathroom, soap and sometimes eating utensils?

    • ANSWER:
      It IS a big deal and it is horrible to have Herpes, the medicine is expensive to. Herpes virus can live on the edge of a glass for a period of time. Do not share eating utensils with her or razors. Some people don't believe it and some people say it has occurred. She can never have unprotected sex and should not. It still spreads to her partner even if she is not currently broken out by skin shedding. It is highly contagious. She will also have to go C-section when she has a baby. I had read on the internet that you can buy a bottle of hydrogen peroxide and kill it right away after each breakout. If you kill it with hydrogen peroxide once before you shower in the morning, and once at night before bed, the breakout will die instead of infect. You can buy a bottle for .00 at Wal-mart. You have to stay away from all foods containing higher amounts of L-arginine, because herpes feed on L-arginine. Nuts, peanut butter, all chocolate, raw coconut,and onions are among the worst to eat, and grapefruit, purple fruits, grape juice and grape soda, don't drink orange juice anymore, some sodas with citric acid, do not eat blueberries, no raisins, grain cereals like shredded wheat, eat bran flakes eat only minimal, whole wheat pasta is a grain that may cause a breakout in some cases. Gelatin also may be a cause (jello, and if gelatin is in some yogurts too). Test yourself to see the tolerance to what you eat is. Eating foods with more L-lysine such as dairy products help suppress breakouts. You should eat some daily. When and if you infect you will be in pain and using mouthwash with alcohol ingredients irritates Herpes also. Herpes thrives on L-arginine, so by eating foods with L-Lysine will help suppress the breakouts. Mangoes and dried apricots are on the good list along with cheeses, cottage cheese, ice cream, yogurt without gelatin (not Yoplait), Dannon is fine, and of course milk. Do some dairy everyday and if you accidentally eat something with higher L-arginine ratio in it then hurry up and eat a lot of cheese. Yes, meat is ok to eat, but stay away from too much white flour. see links below for ratios-> http://nutritiondata.self.com/foods-000083000000089000000-w.html and http://search.yahoo.com/r/_ylt=A0oG7meJ8ENPGDoAiYxXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTE2dm9scGZiBHNlYwNzcgRwb3MDMTMEY29sbwNhYzIEdnRpZANNU1kxMDFfMjA4/SIG=12pi7d9ls/EXP=1329881353/**http%3a//www.sandiegohomeopathy.com/downloads/Lysine_Arginine_Foods.pdf

  50. QUESTION:
    My 2nd Genital Herpes outbreak Only 1 bump?
    My first outbreak was 2 and a half weeks ago and it was hell! i finally feel better and cleared up few days ago. And today i got 1 bump on the Mons Pubis area, with no signs of feeling of warning outbreak like fever or tenderness like the first outbreak i got. It was just like oh its there.. but i dont feel anything at all only when i touch it then it does feel a little painful.

    So now my question is, is this normal to just have one bump come out of no where and feel no early signs of outbreak? And how do i just cure that one bump? are there any liquid or cream or any type that i can apply to heal faster? I am still currently taking Acyclovir 400 4x times a day along with L-Lysine 1000 1x a day and some multivitamins to keep my immune system up. Please if you have any good suggestion please tell me. thank you!
    i just had my last period yesterday, so do you think that can trigure it too?

    • ANSWER:
      maybe you have warts too

      no because ur period has nothing to do with std's or triggering them


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