TREATMENT OF HERPES – a self-search for everyone. Made with big love
There are two kinds of Herpes. HSV-1, which is mostly oral and HSV-2, which is mostly genital. The treatments described are for both.
There is no method to eradicate herpes virus from the body, but there are several kind of treatments that can significantly reduce the frequency, duration, and severity of outbreaks.
1. Lysine (Supplement - The most efficient treatment !)
Protein is composed of amino acid chains. Your body breaks down protein and extracts amino acids for use. Lysine is an amino acid. Your body cannot manufacture lysine, so you must get it from your diet. Lysine has been shown to successfully treat recurrent herpes outbreaks.
• Lysine supplements (e.g. 1,000 mg taken three times a day) may help to shorten the duration of cold sores.
• Lysine ointment - a pilot study by the Southern California University looked at the effectiveness of a lysine-containing ointment in 30 people. Researchers found that the ointment produced full resolution in 40% of participants by the third day and in 87 percent by the end of the sixth day. No adverse effects were reported.
Researches on Lysine
1) A study published in the volume 175, 1987 issue of the journal "Dermatologica," reported success with 1,000 mg three times daily. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, the recommended dose to treat an active herpes outbreaks is 3,000 to 9,000 mg daily in divided doses and 1,000 mg three times daily to prevent recurrence.
2) F.A. Tomblin and K.Lucas, both pharmacists, reported in Medscape News for Nurses that in a literature review on the use of lysine, they found six studies that supported using lysine to prevent recurrence of outbreaks. However, only two of the studies reviewed reported lysine as effective in helping during an actual outbreak.
3) Beauman notes that Lysine may be effective in suppressing repeat outbreaks, and recommends daily administration of lysine at 1,000 mg orally in three doses for that purpose. Tomblin and Lucas also found one study in which patients who took 1,000 mg of lysine a day had fewer recurrences of genital herpes.
4) L-Lysine supplements are beneficial in controlling the severity of herpes outbreaks and may even prevent outbreaks altogether. Regular use is critical, though, and dosages less than 1,000 mg have not been found to be effective.
5) L-Lysine ointments generally apply to cold sores. The amino acid is delivered in a natural oil-base, and includes zinc oxide as an active ingredient. Vitamins A, D, and E are frequently included, and beeswax, honey, and herbal extracts are added for their soothing and healing properties. Application will speed healing and decrease scarring.
6) Rakel recommends 1 g per day to prevent outbreaks and 3 g per day to treat them. The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center recommends 3 g of lysine per day all the time, in conjunction with a diet that limits arginine-rich foods like nuts, seeds, gelatin and chocolate. The University of Maryland Medical Center goes even further, suggesting 3 g of lysine per day to prevent herpes outbreaks and 3 to 9 g per day to treat them.
Posts on Lysine
This next link includes all the info about using Lysin (amounts, suggestions, frequency) from ppl that use it
2.Antiviral (preventing herpes)
Antiviral medicines may significantly reduce the severity of an outbreak of genital herpes and decrease the time it takes an outbreak to heal. It also decreases the number of days of painful symptoms. And for some people, this medicine decreases the number of days you can spread the virus. Some of the names are aciclovir (acyclovir),valaciclovir (valacyclovir) and famciclovir .
After the first treatment, work with your doctor to come up with the best way to take antiviral therapies. There are two options:
• Intermittent treatment. Your doctor may prescribe an antiviral drug for you to keep on hand in case you have another flare-up; this is called intermittent therapy. You can take the pills for two to five days as soon as you notice sores or when you feel an outbreak coming on. Sores will heal and disappear on their own, but taking the drugs can make the symptoms less severe and make them go away faster.
• Suppressive treatment. If you have outbreaks often, you may want to consider taking an antiviral drug every day. Doctors call this suppressive therapy. For someone who has more than six outbreaks a year, suppressive therapy can reduce the number of outbreaks by 70% to 80%. Many people who take the antiviral drugs daily have no outbreaks at all.
Taking daily suppressive therapy may also reduce the risk of transmitting the virus to a sex partner. Antiviral drugs reduce viral shedding, when the virus makes new copies of itself on the skin's surface.
A recent study of people taking daily doses of valacyclovir shows the drug may help protect sex partners from being infected, although you should still use a condom. Half the partners of people taking daily valacyclovir became infected with the virus, and half did not. Moreover, 75% of the partners did not show any symptoms of genital herpes, even if they had acquired the virus.
Side effects with these drugs are considered mild, and health experts believe these drugs are safe in the long term
If Antivirals are not taken constantly, its important that patient will start taking it as soon as the familiar pre-outbreak "tingling" sensation occurs or at the very onset of blister formation. Thus, the antiviral drug must be provided for the patient in advance.
3. Alternative medicine (Including Topical treatments)
LEMON BALM (Melissa officinalis)Lemon balm is a perennial herb from the mint family. The leaves, which have a mild lemon aroma, are used to make medicine. Some people apply lemon balm to their skin to treat cold sores (herpes labialis).
Lemon balm contains chemicals that seem to have a sedative, calming effect. It might also reduce the growth of some viruses.
study showed that an ointment containing propolis, a waxy substance that honeybees make, may help genital herpes sores heal.
The ointment was applied to herpes sores four times a day. After 10 days, 24 of the 30 people using propolis ointment said their sores healed, compared with 14 of the 30 people using acyclovir ointment and 12 of the 30 using a placebo.
VITAMIN C AND FLAVONOIDS
Hudson says that taking a supplement that contains 600 mg of vitamin C and 600 mg of flavonoids three times a day for three days at the first sign of herpes 2 symptoms leads to "rapid" resolution of symptoms. Vitamin C and flavonoids also work well topically, according to Hudson. She claims that applying a cotton ball soaked in a solution of vitamin C, flavonoids and water for two minutes, three times on the first day of the outbreak alleviates discomfort on subsequent days and hastens overall healing.
Food including "L-Lysine" appears to be Good for reduction of occurrence, severity and healing time for recurrent HSV infection. These foods are: Fish, chicken, beef, lamb, milk, cheese, beans, brewer's yeast, mung bean sprouts and most fruits and vegetables
Food that includes "arginine" appears to have negative effect (High levels of arginine, another amino acid, can lower lysine levels)These foods are: Gelatin, chocolate, carob, coconut, oats, whole wheat and, white flour, peanuts, soybeans, and wheatgerm.
http://www.herpes.com/Nutrition.shtml - table of foods and ratio between Lysin and arginine.
4.Personal experience tips & tricks (hsv2 only)
"I recently had a first strong outbreak 'down under' and from this personal experience i d like to share some possibly useful tips & tricks.
One complaint i had from the start, peeing got very painful, like a stinging feeling of needles, similar to heavy blather infection.
It made me want to avoid drinking or going to pee, well that's definitely no solution!
Actually the opposite helped me, i drank a LOT of water and when able to pee more at once it is less painful and i believe it's also necessary to flow the ureter so it doesn't get blocked.
Next to water i had cranberry juice, nice to drink something else for a change, but especially cranberries have quality of removing bacteria out from the blather and a cleansing effect on it.
As well for making stool easier, i would recommend drinking plenty of water, and to eat more fruits, F.E kiwi, and general paying attention of diet.
Because toilet actions were painful, i found solution to pee in the shower -sitting or standing- which made it not necessary anymore to touch the blisters with paper, as i used the water to clean after. It also feels fresher and brings some relief in the area.
To dry the water, it felt softer with towel -doesn't stick to it- than paper, but even better is a quick blow from the hairdryer -put on cold air.
Sometimes blisters are located at the bottom which hurts as well, but had something helpful to lessen that pain.
Doctor prescribed me "Kamillosan", which is bottle of a liquid based on the flower Chamomile, to put a splash of this in a sitting tub with lukewarm water.
After coming from the toilet seemed to be the best timing to go sit in this.
I have find this an important aid to soften the burnings, and the softness lasts a while afterwards, a bit as if the blisters are at sleep and that gives relaxed feeling.
In my opinion that's what it's all about, to make yourself as relaxed and comfortable as possible during the period of an outbreak.
To prevent panties from touching the blisters and provoking pain / Irritation or itch, at night i wasn't wearing any. During the day if possible i chose long skirts and worn the panties low so they are not so much in contact with the skin. It felt best when more air and less fabric got to it, also this speeds up the healing process.
My last advice for relief when experiencing this, is to talk about it to a close one, as this offers as well a comfort that should not be underestimated.
Good luck and take care!"