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What Is Herpes Simplex Virus - Know Your Enemy
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What Is Herpes Simplex Virus      -      Know Your Enemy

Herpes can be a frustrating condition to have, hence the reason for you to know what the Herpes Simplex Virus is and how this can then put you in control. There are two types of herpes virus: Type 1 produces infection of the mouth, lips, gums and skin on the face (cold sores). Type II, herpes simplex, virus is the cause of genital herpes, a condition which can be very resistant to treatment.

Master Of Disguise

The herpes simplex virus is a master of disguise. It spends most of its life dormant, hidden deep with the nerves in the body just waiting for the immune system to dip its guard. When you are least expecting it, it rushes to the surfaces of the skin, causing ugly, painful sores that can last a week or more. Then it retreats back into the nerves waiting for sometimes years before rearing its ugly head once again.

Contrary to popular belief, herpes does not appear only on the mouth and genitals. It can cause sores anywhere on the body. So if you already have herpes, the last you want is another outbreak.

How To Prevent A Herpes Outbreak

Food high in lysine such as eggs, baked beans, meat, milk and cheese contain an amino acid that can help prevent the virus from thriving. However, foods high in Arginine an amino acid that herpes relies on for building it protein coating can encourage its outbreak.

So if your diet is very high in Arginine, this might help the virus grow aggressively. High Arginine foods include chocolate, peas, nuts, and beer. You don’t have to give up these foods entirely but balance them by eating other foods that are high in lysine.

Natural Remedies For Genital Herpes

The following are home remedies for herpes virus. However, it makes sense that you first have a doctor confirm that you have the virus before starting to look for natural herbal remedies. . Every care and attention should be to maintain the optimum immune function such as avoiding allergic foods, limiting stress, optimizing your diets. It is important that you avoid precipitating factors such as exposure to sunlight and stress. Immunization against flu can also help those with recurrent herpes.

The following are simple treatment for both Type I and Type II

Taking the following:

  • Vitamin E has been effective in decreasing the pain and shortening the healing time of herpes lesions.
  • Vitamin C together with Bioflavonoids daily.
  • Amino acid Lysine daily along with a diet that avoids peanuts, chocolate, seeds and cereals. Lysine inhibits the growth of simplex virus. You see, the herpes virus uses certain amino acids to build the protein shield that surrounds it. Lysine inhibits the growth of the virus’ shield so the virus can’t flourish.
  • Using a local application of an ointment containing 8% Lithium and 0.5 Zinc sulphate together with a small quantity of Vitamin E.
  • Using a local application of iodine ointment for type I infection. Iodine is known to have powerful antiviral activity.

Natural Herbs for Herpes

In addition to balancing the arginine to lysine foods, eating foods with immune boosting properties can help protect you against a herpes outbreak.There natural herbal remedies for herpes which include Garlic and Thyme which can help prevent an outbreak or decrease the length of an outbreak once it occurs.


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