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Welcome to Herpes Treatment Site. Our mission is to bring you the most up-to-date information on herpes treatments, remedies and “cure”, including HSV1 (commonly cold sores), HSV2 (commonly genital herpes), and shingles (herpes zoster).

With so much information available on Internet, our goal is to provide you with a one-stop destination you can come to for all of the latest news and developments about the herpes virus. We focus on information that will give you better insights on how to prevent viral outbreaks and shedding, and eliminate or lessen the impact of the virus on your life in general.

We are dedicated to keeping you informed!

08 Jan New Study Suggests Sunglasses and Sunscreen May Decrease Recurring Outbreaks

Sun And HerpesThe herpes virus has two forms. The first form is herpes simplex virus 1 – also known as oral herpes or cold sores. The second form is herpes simplex virus 2 – also known as genital herpes.

Both herpes viruses are highly contagious and when a person becomes infected with either or both viruses the virus lives in their body forever. After this initial contraction, the first year the person typically has multiple outbreaks.

A study of UV radiation and its effect on herpes simplex virus 1 outbreaks was done by the Scientists at the Sun Clinic and Sun Care Institute Osaka in the Department of Molecular Medicine at Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine in Japan.

“Since excess sun exposure can trigger an outbreak, using a lip balm with sunscreen is a smart preventive strategy,” says, Rallie McAllister, M.D. of Kingsport, Tenn.

10.4% of the study’s participants had outbreaks triggered by the sun.

19.7% ofthe study’s participants had outbreaks triggered in the summer months; July and August.

The evidence that suggested herpes outbreaks may be triggered by exposure to the sun has caused some people to wonder if wearing sunglasses and sunscreen can work as a preventative.

The UV exposure can suppress the immune system and simultaneously set off viral activity.

Lip balms that contain SPF may insinuate that the SPF is meant to reduce lip outbreaks.

A clinical study in 2008 published in the medical journal Canada Family Physician stated that the data was inconclusive. Patients with oral herpes had mixed results when using sunscreen.

Herpes eye lesions when exposed to strong sunlight do have reoccurring outbreaks. Any studies that link the wearing dark sunglasses and the correlation between outbreaks haven’t been found, yet.

Lip balm and sunglasses are not strong forms of prevention although knowing that sunlight triggers herpes outbreaks will help patients work to avoid direct sunlight.

The University of Maryland found triggers such as sunlight, wind, fever, physical injury, surgery, menstruation, suppression of the immune system and emotional stress.

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17 Apr Burning Mouth Syndrome Caused by Herpes Simplex 1

Burning Mouth SyndromeWhat is “Burning Mouth” Syndrome?

Many people are affected by a syndrome known as “Burning Mouth”.  The syndrome causes a burning sensation in the mouth that can affect the tongue, lips, gums, throat and palate. Sometimes the sensation is noted as a tingling or scalding sensation. It can also cause dry mouth or an altered or metallic taste in the mouth.  The pain can start suddenly, and last for months or even years, causing constant pain every day.

When patients seek medical help for this condition, their doctor often cannot find a cause. There is no specific test that doctors routinely use to diagnose this condition.

There was a recent case in the news where a healthy 65 year old woman had burning mouth syndrome and reported her symptoms to her doctor and dentist, who were both stumped by her symptoms and what could be causing them. They could find no lesions or apparent cause for her symptoms.

They prescribed special rinses and mouthwashes, told her to avoid toothpaste and mouthwashes with whitening agents, but nothing alleviated her symptoms.

The Cause is Found!

Finally, after six months of dealing with the pain and irritation of this syndrome, the doctor decided to test her saliva for herpes simplex 1.
The test came back showing her saliva was teeming with herpes simplex 1 virus!
Once she began treatment with an anti-viral, her symptoms finally subsided and she has not had a recurrence of burning mouth.

What you can do about burning mouth syndrome

This case reveals how many people are infected with the herpes simplex virus without knowing it, and how it can affect you in unusual ways.  If the patient had been aware she was infected, if she had had a prior outbreak, perhaps the doctors may have been able to resolve her condition much sooner. But herpes simplex can be a “silent” virus, invading your body with no symptoms until low immunity, hormonal changes or stress activate the virus and cause symptoms. Unfortunately, doctors do not think to test for the herpes virus for this syndrome unless the patient has an active outbreak or history of herpes.

The facial nerves that the herpes simplex virus affects can cause many different symptoms, and as proven by this case, you can have herpes activate, even the first time, in an unusual manner such as burning mouth, instead of the typical cold sores.

If you suffer from burning mouth syndrome, an anti-viral may give you the relief you need!

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10 Apr Are canker sores herpes?

canker sore compared to herpes lesion

Are Canker Sores Herpes?

We often get asked “Is a canker sore herpes”? So lets take a look at what a canker sore is, and how to tell the difference between a canker sore and herpes.

Although they can appear on the inside of the lip, they are not caused by herpes simplex virus and are not related to cold sores.  A canker sore is actually a small ulcer inside the mouth. They can present anywhere inside the mouth, including the inside of the cheek, inner surface of the lips, base of the gums, tongue, or on the soft palate. They usually first affect people between the ages of 10-20.

Canker sores are extremely painful, and can be very bothersome when eating, drinking or even talking. They are usually small and round, with a white or yellowish center and red around the edges.  Many people confuse these sores with herpes simplex 1, or cold sores. But actually they are totally unrelated.

What are the differences between a canker and cold sore?
A canker is non-viral, and not contagious. A canker only occurs on the inside of the mouth, whereas herpes cold sores generally occur on the outside affecting the lips, though on occasion they may occur on the hard palate. A cold sore starts with small blisters. A canker starts with a red spot or bump that turns into an open ulcer.

What causes canker sores?
Some common causes of canker sores are sensitivity to sodium lauryl sulfate, a common ingredient in toothpaste, allergies, biting your inner lip or cheek, stress, trauma from hard chips or other foods, and a deficiency of vitamin B12, folic acid or iron. It is believed that the immune system also plays a part in canker sores, so boosting your immune system can help prevent canker sores.

If you suffer regularly from canker sores, try finding a toothpaste that does not contain lauryl sulfate, and try taking vitamins to ensure you are not deficient in the vitamins mentioned above.

To treat a canker sore, you can use a salt water rinse and swish it around the sore, you can also use a combination of half milk of magnesia with half hydrogen peroxide and apply it directly to the sore with a cotton swab four times a day.  It can also help to put some honey on the sore, the honey has anti-bacterial properties and can soothe the sore.

In closing, as you can see canker sores are an annoying but benign condition that is not contagious nor viral, and does not spread like herpes.

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23 Mar How to Keep Your Immune System “Tuned Up” to Prevent Outbreaks

healthy fruitsYour immune system is your best defense against outbreaks (as well as other illnesses) Here are some tips on keeping your immune system running it’s best!

Get plenty of rest- Preferably eight hours a night.  Sleep gives your body the chance to re-energize for the next day, as well as recover from the current days stress on the body.

Avoid Poor Quality Food – Fried, processed, high sugar and high sodium foods tax your body instead of supporting your immune system. Try to eat fresh foods prepared with as little fat, salt, trans-fat and sugar as possible to give your immune system the fuel it needs.

Avoid smoking, drugs and alcohol – the less your body has to deal with substances that are harmful, the more your immune system can work on keeping you healthy and avoiding outbreaks. Drink alcohol in moderation.

Get Regular Exercise – Exercise keeps your immune system up, so even if you just go for a walk around the block it will pay off! A little sunshine each day (careful to use lip balm with SPF if you are prone to cold sores) will also help by boosting your natural vitamin D.

Include Fresh Fruit in your diet – Fruits are rich in anti-oxidants, so be sure to include them in your daily diet whether it is eating them or juicing them.  Fruit is the easiest way to incorporate daily anti-oxidants in your diet!

Take an immunity boosting supplement – Supplements will insure that you are getting the nutrients that keep your immune system functioning.

Take care of your emotional health – Make sure you take time out for yourself, focus on the positives in your life, watch a funny movie or TV show, do what makes you happy for at least a few minutes every day. If you find you are dwelling on things that make you unhappy, consider therapy to help you break out of that pattern.

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23 Mar Top 9 Triggers for Cold Sore Outbreaks And How To Prevent Them

Top 10 triggers for cold sores

There are many triggers that can cause a cold sore outbreak.  Below are a few of the most common causes, and what you can do to prevent them.

Skin damage – Laser treatment for hair removal or other skin treatment can trigger an outbreak.  So can dental treatment, chapped lips or even razor burn from kissing a partner with stubble.  Keeping your immune system running at top notch can help mitigate a reaction to skin damage.

Pregnancy – The hormonal changes during pregnancy can trigger an outbreak.  While there is not much you can do about the hormonal fluctuations, a strong immune system will help.

Menstruation – The hormonal changes during your monthly cycle can also trigger an outbreak. As with pregnancy, there is little you can do about the hormonal fluctuations that come with your cycle, but you can try to keep your immune system strong.

Fatigue and Lack of Sleep – Fatigue and stress can lower your immune system and make you more susceptible to an outbreak.  Make sure getting enough rest is high on your priority list!

Stress– Stress is a big trigger for outbreaks as it lowers your immune system and allows the virus to rise to the surface.  Try to reduce stress and focus on immune system boosters by eating healthy and including immune system boosters in your regimen.

Cold Weather – Cold dry weather can be a big factor in outbreaks. Lip balm provides good defense against the dry cold air, make sure to use it every time you are exposed to cold dry air..

Sun – Just like cold dry air, intense sun can also trigger a cold sore. Lip balm with a high SPF factor will help protect your lips from the sun and avoid outbreaks.

Sickness – If you have a cold, flu or fever you are more vulnerable for an outbreak. Taking a fever reducer can help lower the risk.  Keeping your immune system boosted will help prevent outbreaks.

Lowered Immune System – Anytime your immune system is compromised, whether it is from lack of sleep, stress or an illness, you are prone to an outbreak. Try to keep your immune system boosted with a healthy diet, plenty of rest and immune boosting supplements can help.

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25 Feb Herpes and Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter can trigger outbreaks

It may be hard to believe, but eating a simple food like peanut butter can cause a herpes outbreak! Whether you experience HSV1 that causes cold sores, HSV2 that causes genital herpes, or herpes zoster (better known as shingles) you need to know what foods to avoid so that you can reduce your risk of outbreaks, or lessen them.

We heard reports of people saying they thought outbreaks might be triggered by peanut butter, and after researching the issue we found there is a scientific reason this can happen.

It has been discovered that foods high in an amino acid called arginine can trigger herpes outbreaks or prevent an outbreak from resolving. The arginine actually “feeds” the herpes virus and allows it to reproduce.

The reason peanut butter is an offender is the high arginine content in peanuts. Peanuts, like other nuts, are very rich in arginine.
Foods besides peanut butter that are high in arginine include chocolate, drinks that contain arginine, protein shakes and oats. Some multiple vitamins or muscle building formulas also contain arginine.

Arginine naturally occurs in the human body, so you can’t avoid it totally, but reducing your intake of arginine can help avoid outbreaks, and if you are having an outbreak it is even more important to avoid arginine.

It is essential to be aware of the arginine content in the foods you eat, so that you can limit the arginine in your food and drinks as much as possible. You can search online to see the arginine content in food, so that you can adjust your diet to eating foods low in arginine.
This doesn’t mean you can never eat foods with arginine in them, but if you are aware that a food you commonly eat (like peanut butter!) has a high arginine content, keep your portions small and don’t eat it every day.

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21 Jan Stop Genital Herpes Outbreak

An estimated 81% of people who have genital herpes are unaware of their condition. Are you one of them?

Genital Herpes Virus MagnifiedBecause there is no herpes cure, genital herpes is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases. Genital herpes, most commonly caused by herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2), affects 16% of the U.S. population – meaning statistically, one out of every six people you meet or walk by on the street may have genital herpes. What is more alarming is what the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has determined: an increasing number of people are getting genital herpes from HSV-1, the virus responsible for causing cold sores which appear on and around the mouth.

Since an estimated 81% of people who have genital herpes do not know they are infected, and because HSV-1 genital herpes has been on the rise, the CDC estimates that the percentage of the population infected with genital herpes could be much higher than 16%. Since the general public is not very educated on this condition, many people do not recognize their symptoms or misdiagnose themselves, and thereby unwittingly spread the condition to others.

 What Can Be Done About Genital Herpes?

Even though herpes symptoms are on the skin, the virus itself resides in the nerve cells, often hidden away in the spinal column. For this reason, many topical remedies are widely regarded as ineffective because creams only soothe the skin, and cannot penetrate to the nerve root.

Long-time sufferers of genital herpes will be able to attest that the best form of herpes treatment is an antiviral herpes remedy. Antiviral herpes treatments are not cures; they can “cure” symptoms by suppressing the virus, but they cannot actually degrade or destroy the virus.

Most people consider expensive prescription antivirals like Famvir, Zovirax, and Valtrex as their only source of relief for oral and genital herpes. These harsh chemical drugs have many side effects that can be nearly as discomforting as the condition itself – common side effects include diarrhea, vomiting, dizziness, and general feelings of weakness. Many people have also experienced alarming allergic reactions that can damage the skin (in rare cases causing lethal conditions like toxic epidermal necrolysis) and other organs.

Genital herpes is the most common STD; do not for a moment feel that you are alone when facing this condition.


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21 Sep Genital Herpes

genital herpesGenital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease borne of the herpes simplex virus type 1 (usually associated with oral infection) and type 2 (usually genital). Genital herpes is contracted most often by having sex with someone who has the condition whether they have visible sores or not. Many people who have genital herpes experience either no symptoms or very mild ones that can be mistaken for other skin conditions. Because of this many people with genital herpes are unaware of their infection and can unwittingly spread it to others. There are no cures for oral or genital herpes, but treatments exist that can help people with herpes limit the number of outbreaks they have.

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“Herpes viruses are a leading cause of human viral disease, second only to influenza and common colds. They cause overt cold sores and chickenpox, or they may remain latent for many years to be reactivated in later life, as in shingles.

The name herpes is derived from the Greek word herpein which means to creep. This reflects the spreading or creeping nature of the skin lesions caused by many herpes viruses.

There are 25 types of herpes viruses. Six types cause medical problems in humans.

Herpes simplex 1 and 2 can infect both humans and other animals, but only humans show the blisters typical of the disease. The hallmark of herpes its ability to infect epithelial mucosal cells or lymphocytes. The virus then travels up peripheral nerves to a nucleated neurone where it may stay for years and be followed by reactivation.

The site of the initial infection is usually the oral or genital mucosa, depending on the way in which the person acquires therpes. It is often noted that HSV-1 infects above the waist and HSV-2 infects below the waist, but either version of herpes can infect at either locale, and this reflects the mode of transmission rather than any intrinsic property of the virus. Both types of herpes can also persistently infect macrophages and lymphocytes.”

Original story here.

Genital herpes often appears within 4-5 days after sexual exposure to herpes. Some of the common symptoms include pain, itching, and burning. Other signs may include headaches, muscle pain, and swollen and enlarged lymph nodes.

Cures are unavailable for any type of herpes. Though research for cures has been extensive, there has not been any significant developments among the scientific community for truly killing the virus. Many remedies exist however that provide effective treatment for herpes symptoms. Treatment can vary from natural remedies to prescription treatment, but effective remedies are directly relative to the treatment’s antiviral capabilities. Treatment “cures” away sores by suppressing herpes in the nerve root where it subsides; topical remedies are usually not strong enough to do anything more than penetrate the skin. In other words, the best treatment you can find will come in pill form, and remedies the source of the herpes outbreak – the nerve root.

Until proper cures are developed, remedies are the only source of oral or genital herpes treatment and relief.

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17 Sep Herpes Treatment Site’s Tips for Managing HSV

herpes management tipsAs a herpes treatment expert, Herpes Treatment Site knows that it is possible for herpes-infected individuals to suppress herpes and prevent recurrent facial lesions or genital herpes outbreaks. While taking a daily antiviral is almost certain to suppress the virus, there are other precautions that can be taken to ensure herpes remains trapped within the infected cells and, in the event of fever blisters, there are methods to relieve pain and increase healing time. In an effort to help as many people as possible control their unwanted symptoms, Herpes Treatment Site has created a list of the top 10 tips for managing facial and genital herpes. …Read More»

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13 Sep What You Can Do About A Herpes Cold Sore

herpes virus cold soreA herpes cold sore, often called a fever blister, is a lesion or bump in or around the mouth caused by the herpes simplex virus. While typically a result of a herpes simplex type 1 infection, these lesions can also be caused by HSV 2 (genital herpes). A fever blister is not usually a sexually transmitted disease, but can be transmitted to the mouth through oral-to-genital contact with an infected person.

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