Herpes Treatment

11 Feb Lowering the Herpes Stigma

HSV Dating MarriageHerpes is common in the U.S. but many people struggle silently with psychological problems from ‘the herpes stigma’.  This refers to insecurities that are associated with having herpes.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has estimated 15.5 percent of U.S. citizens between the ages of 14 to 49 have HSV-2 or genital herpes. Of that same age group, over half of the people have had HSV-1, also known as a cold sore or herpes on the lip. Recently, more people are having mouth herpes on their genitals.

But herpes is herpes whether it is on the lips or on the genitals.  One part of the stigma is that people who have type-1 assume that this type remains on the lips.  This is not sure.  Type-1 can be passed to the genitals.

The CDC estimates that 90 percent of infected HSV-2 people have not been diagnosed. HSV can be passed on even when no physical symptoms are present.

Although, the statistics say that almost everyone knows someone with HSV, there is little discussion and support surrounding it, says Jenelle Marie Davis, founder of The STD Project. Those who have an STI (sexually transmitted infection) are seen, by society, as promiscuous and dirty, Davis said.

“People get infections all the time — colds and flu — and no one shames those people because there is no ‘[someone] did something bad to get this,’ ” Davis said.

“The more [society] shame and judge those ‘dirty people with it,’ the more ashamed they are of disclosing and saying that, yeah, it’s just a skin condition, it’s herpes,” said Adrial Dale, 36, life coach and founder of an organization committed to supporting people with herpes type-1 and type-2.

Dale was diagnosed with type-2 in 2005. After noticing a lesion, Dale immediately went to get checked out. From this moment on, Dale had felt like a different person. Having to share his status to prospective partners, with the fear of denial was the scariest part, Dale said.

“If [someone] feels undesirable and unwanted, then the way [they’re] disclosing it to potential partners has that undertone to it,” Dale said. “[Dale] was rejecting [Dale] way before anyone else had the chance to reject [Dale].”

“[Dale] was convinced that this was pretty much a death sentence to my love life,” Dale said.

Those with herpes simplex do not have to be abstinent because it is possible to have a healthy sex life without spreading the virus. But it is important to disclose information when beginning a new sexual relationship, Davis said. Condoms lessen the risk, but it doesn’t take the risk away entirely.

The importance of disclosing the infection is important in the case of a sexual partner becoming pregnant. Mariel David, had contracted type-2 from a previous husband, but didn’t find out until the birth of their first child. A week after the birth, David’s daughter started to have seizures. The doctors said these seizures were from herpetic encephalitis, a condition caused by the herpes virus.

Consequences of David’s husband’s dishonesty, doctors believed that David’s daughter wouldn’t live past puberty. Luckily, David’s daughter is turning 18 despite being blind, nonverbal and having abnormal bone growth. Davis had been able to give birth to two healthy babies after taking pregnancy precautions.

The virus doesn’t affect fertility or other organs unlike other STIs. Does herpes have a cure? No, but it does have treatments that help to shorten eruptions and lessen symptoms. A daily treatment is recommended in the prevention of spreading the virus.

Supporting those with the simplex virus can be lessen the stigma associated.  Hopefully, it will encourage proper precautions to be taken instead of shaming someone into hiding their infection.

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

Tune Up Your Immune System

Prevent Outbreaks

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Your 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 soresThere 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 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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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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29 Aug Herpes Simplex Vaccine Information

Herpes VaccineWhile there are still no herpes cures available, new advances in medicine may make it possible for infected individuals to stop herpes sores and even reduce the risk of transmitting herpes to others. The Center for Clinical Studies in Houston is current conducting trials on a new vaccine that may be able to boost immunity to herpes and in turn suppress outbreaks.

Current herpes remedies on the market can effectively do the same thing. They are able to boost the immune system in order to suppress herpes within the infected cells. These types of alternatives to dangerous prescription drug remedies are extremely safe and result in no unwanted side-effects.

The Center for Clinical Studies’ Herpes Simplex Vaccine Experiment

“There is new hope for people who suffer from genital herpes. A new vaccine is being tested in Houston.

If it works, it could stop the outbreaks and literally put the herpes virus in remission.

Patients get a series of three shots in this blinded study, and they aren’t told if they got the treatment or not.

“It’s based on studies of people who were exposed to the virus and didn’t get infected and so the idea is these three shots will boost the immunity such that people don’t have outbreaks in the future,” said Dr. Stephen Tyring with the vaccine study.

And Dr. Tyring says researchers believe it may also prevent people from spreading the virus.”

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The discovery of oral and genital herpes cures would not just be important to infected individuals and their sexual partners, but would benefit society in general. This type of injection would eliminate the need for expensive daily prescription herpes treatment and could lead to other important medical innovations as well.

Of course, natural “cures” for oral and genital herpes offer faster, cheaper, safer, and better over-all treatment than prescription remedies because of their lack of dangerous side effects. They offer the benefits of a boosted immune system comparable to the vaccination being tested in Houston without the pain of injections, either.

Until real cures that kill herpes labialis and genital herpes at the nerve root are created, natural herpes remedies are the best option to prevent cold sores, ward off viral shedding (infecting other when you don’t have active sores), and boost the healing time of lesions.

Additionally, be aware that many retailers make claims that their remedies for oral and genital herpes are true cures. Do not be deceived. If cures were created for oral or genital herpes, such treatment would be broadcasted world-wide. If Herpes Treatment Site is not reporting on so-called “cures,” then don’t bother with them at all!

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13 Jul You Can Control Herpes

control herpesOnce someone has contracted oral or genital herpes, herpes stays with him or her for life. Following the initial outbreak, herpes moves from the skin cells into the nerve cells where it remains permanently. To control oral and genital herpes, users often turn to antiviral herpes “cures” which can keep herpes dormant within the cells. Natural herpes remedies are often able to stop herpes outbreaks permanently, but in the event a blister does appear, the lesion heals much faster and is much less severe. Though the results are incredible, these remedies are not herpes cures. They can stop outbreaks from occurring by keeping herpes dormant, but the herpes itself cannot be killed without true cures.In addition to using herbal herpes remedies, an individual can use ice to relieve pain during an outbreak. Many people also find relief by washing their sores with soap and warm water.
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