As I am sure most of you are, I am very sceptical about people writing on forums - especially when they endorse a particular product.
However, I would like to emphasise that I am not affiliated with anything which could affect you or your condition.
I am here simply to tell you what I believe helps and what I believe doesn't....
For the past 10 years I have suffered with both types of herpes and only in the last year did I decide and have the opportunity to try to do something about it - with positive results
As most people agree it is about living a moderately or increasingly healthy life style - eat well, sleep well, avoid drugs and tobacco etc.
Well I have always done this and have never smoked or taken drugs.
I find that alcohol is an instant way to become very unhealthy and prone to attacks.
Regardless of what you may read about benefits of wine, it is complete nonsense. Avoid all alcohol at any cost.
I brought a gadget called Virulite. I did not read about it or see it on TV. I just saw it on the counter in a chemist when I went in to buy some other meds. It was 28 euros where I live. I had never heard of it.
I think this has worked really well to prevent any attacks on my face for the past year. You need to always use the highest strength battery you can find (usually + or plus)
I have always eaten quite well every day - fresh meat, fish, fruit and veg mostly in salad form
But I have always had a really bad sweet tooth
Since last November (2012) I have made a conscious effort to not eat ANY sugars ( there is no such thing as good sugar it's all bad) and I think this is has a major effect on my health in a positive way. I still eat fruit and make mixed fruit and veg smoothies (All fruit smoothies have too much sugar)
Chocolate is especially bad because of the cocoa so avoid chocolate. White chocolate is not so bad but has a lot of sugar so is bad for you in general. Again, despite what you read about the health benefits of cocoa it is all complete nonsense in order to sell more chocolate
I did cut down a little on my red meat but this was more due to my cholesterol level.
I use a sunbeds from time to time and have not noticed that this brings out any attacks. Sometime 2 or 3 in a week with no problems. I also spend a lot of time in the sun during summer - again no noticeable negative effects.
I have not taken any acyclovir tablets or used cream or taken any L-lysine which some say helps prevent attacks. When I used to take it, I did not find that it helped
Anyway for the past 6 months and have not had any attacks.
I put this down to - no alcohol , no sugar and virulite
I do sometimes get stressed and sometimes do not have many hours sleep, but this does not seem to affect me
I go to gym and play football quite regularly
I occasionally lapse and tuck into some ice-cream but found this did not have any negative effects
It was only when I drank alcohol - red wine and whisky with coca cola , that I had almost immediate outbreaks - I first thought it was the coca cola but just drinking wine had the same effect.
It once also happened when I ate a fast food take away (Md's) - within an hour - so try to avoid that also
If your lifestyle is not particularly healthy then experiencing cold weather when you are tired or have not eaten properly, will of course leave your body very vulnerable to attacks and this is why we call it "cold-sore" because we experience them more often during and associate them with, cold weather
But we must look at this in a positive way because having herpes in your system is like having a health monitor - if you can keep attacks away then you are living a healthier lifestyle than if you are getting repeated attacks
Remember - our body is in a constant battle against ageing, disease and life itself from the moment you are born, so try to to do the best you can do, to assist in the battle.