Herpes Virus: HSV1, oral herpes, causes cold sores. It spreads by direct contact with fluids of a cold sore or skin eruption from someone who carries the virus. HSV2 genital herpes, is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by a strain of the herpes simplex virus. Oral herpes may come about in folks of any age, but largely younger persons.
Oral herpes occurs around the mouth, within the mouth, on the lips, gums and even the tongue. These irritating cold sores surface and can remain for a few weeks to a month. This virus enters the body through small cuts in the skin or mucous membranes.
When herpes is first contracted it does not normally result in a cold sore. This makes it difficult to determine when the virus was caught. It lies dormant in your body just waiting for your immune system to weaken and then the cold sore appears. The virus has found a small crack in your skin and infected the cells. The herpes simplex virus is always looking for new cells to infect.
In other people, they feel as if they're coming down with the influenza. The lymph glands in the neck and throat region will likewise swell. It might take a couple of days to several weeks for the signs to surface after contact with the virus. Oral herpes is uncomfortable when an eruption takes place.
Pregnant women can also pass this virus to their babies during vaginal delivery and it's particularly severe for newborn infants. Both men and women can become infected. Once an individual is infected by the virus it remains in the body, usually dormant, until some other factor such as stress, sun, infection, or weak immunity, triggers an outbreak.
Experts do not know exactly what causes the virus to lie dormant for long periods and then abruptly awake. Many think that a weakened immune system is the cause. Therefore, it would be wise for you to keep your immune system strong and under control with a well-rounded diet, lots of rest and relaxation, and regular exercise. This program below assists in acute outbreaks and long term care for HSV1 and HSV2.
Effective Treatments, Remedies for Herpes Virus
If you think your diet can’t play a role in helping to prevent future and speeding up healing cold sores, think again! L-Lysine is an amino acid that your body uses to make protein, and it is found in foods such as eggs, cheese, fish and meat. This particular protein is beneficial because it helps fight infections by producing enzymes, antibodies and hormones.
You likely know you are getting a cold sore before it ever appears, because you feel a little tingle in the area. When this happens, you can increase the protein in your diet or take 1000 mg supplement three times per day on an empty somach. There are also L-lysine ointments available that you can apply to the area for healing cold sores.
You can reduce the frequency and severity of oral herpes attacks by taking L-lysine as a daily supplement.
Another simple treatment for oral herpes is to put a drop of ether (diethyl ether) on the lesion. This promotes crusting and speeds healing.
L-arginine is an amino acid that has numerous functions in the body. It helps the body get rid of ammonia (a waste product), is used to make compounds in the body such creatine, L-glutamate, and L-proline, and can be converted to glucose and glycogen if needed.
L-arginine is used to make the nitric oxide, a compound in the body that relaxes blood vessels. Preliminary studies have found that L-arginine may help with conditions that improve when blood vessels are relaxed (called vasodilation) such as atherosclerosis.
L-arginine is also involved in protein formation. In larger amounts, L-arginine stimulates the release of hormones growth hormone and prolactin. L-arginine in conjunction with L-lysine cuts recovery time for the herpes virus in half.
Here is something that is in nearly every kitchen, but few people are fully aware of all the healing properties that it offers. Although you think of it as that delicious, sticky substance you add to your tea when you have a sore throat or spread on some toast in the morning, ancient cultures used this nectar-derived liquid to treat a long list of ailments, including healing cold sores.
Honey is rich in fructose and glucose so germs, bacteria and microorganisms have a very difficult time surviving in its presence. This is exactly why you put honey in your tea when you don’t feel good! It gives your immune system a boost, which helps speed up healing.
Not to mention, honey contains high levels of flavonoids and phenolic acid, so there are antiviral properties present as well to help with healing cold sores.
Honey was used to treat insomnia by ancient Roman physicians, and medical practitioners in Egyptian societies found it beneficial for burns and wounds. It is suggested that Hippocrates was responsible for finding it useful for fever blisters and cold sores. As a little note, it will zap a pimple away overnight too!
It is important to be aware that if you have a pollen allergy, honey is absolutely not a recommended remedy. Also, it should never be used on infants, because they are at risk of being infected by a bacteria that can cause botulism.
It is surprising that more people don’t turn to lemon balm to address not only healing cold sores, but indigestion, stress, anxiety and loss of appetite as well. It is suggested that this calming herb has properties that are capable of treating the herpes simplex virus.
In fact, in a study done by the University of Maryland Medical Center, 116 participants who applied lemon balm to their lips saw reduced redness and swelling in only two days. Patients and doctors agreed that this outcome was quite favorable.
While you may have never heard of lemon balm before, it is easier to find than you think. It comes in a variety of forms, including oil, capsule, ointment, extract and tea.
Castor Oil Packs
Apply castor oil packs to your abdomen. A strong immune system can keep the virus from acting up, and castor oil packs can fortify your immune system. Start with 1 cup of castor oil, with which you thoroughly soak a flannel cloth. Place the saturated cloth on top of your abdomen, and cover with plastic.
Over the plastic, apply a heating pad, set as high as is comfortable, and leave it on for 1 hour. Initially, do this once a day, every day for a month. Continue the treatments three times a week, increasing use of the packs during an attack.
Aromatherapy for Cold Sores
Aromatherapy can help in easing the pain, improving immune function, and relieving stress by reducing the severity and the length of an outbreak. Helpful are oils such as Lavender, Lemon, Tea Tree, Bergamot, Myrrh, Eucalyptus, Geranium.
Tea Tree Oil
You will quickly find that there are few things that tea tree oil can’t treat. New South Wales natives discovered that by extracting the oil from the leaves of a Narrow-leaved paperbark (Melaleuca alternifolia) tree, they were gifted a liquid that was quite beneficial.
It offers antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, antimicrobial, antiseptic, fungicide and insecticide properties, which means that there are not many ailments it can’t help with, including healing cold sores.
By applying a drop of tea tree oil to the cold sore, it can help speed up healing and even keep it from spreading. In addition to treating the herpes simplex virus, tea tree oil can be used for blemishes, yeast infections, burns, oily skin, sunburns, infected wounds, bronchitis, sinusitis, scalp disorders, viral infections, sweaty feet, lice, bed sores, bites, athlete’s foot, gum infections, tonsillitis and so much more.
Hydrotherapy is the use of water in any form, in the treatment of disease. Hydrotherapy was used by the ancient Greek physicians. The use of baths for such purposes as well as for religious purification, personal cleanliness, and private or social relaxation dates from at least the time of ancient Greece. A German, Vincenz Priessnitz, popularized the use of spas in Germany and elsewhere in Europe, where they are still popular today.
As with any sores, you do need to be concerned about developing a secondary (bacterial) infection, but soap and water is all you need or want to keep the area germ-free.
In addition, during your primary attack or bad secondary attacks, taking a bath or shower to get warm water over the genital area three or four times a day may prove soothing. It seems to work well for most people, but some find they don't like it.
When you get out of the shower or bath, blow the genital area dry with a hair dryer set on low or cool, being careful not to burn yourself. The air from the dryer will also prove soothing and may possibly speed up the healing process by helping the sores dry out.
Homeopathy for the Herpes Virus
Homeopathy is a medical system uses infinitesimal doses of natural substances to stimulate a person's immune system and body's natural defenses. These remedies are named for the plant or animal ingredients they are made from. This natural healing system not only offers relief from temporary disorders but, can provide long term healing of a person due to its individual and “wholistic” approach.
This often leads to a complete recovery from the dis-ease, as well as, providing an improved understanding of the patient's situation. This type of healing makes it easier and possible to avoid recurrence or relapses in the future and, it stimulates the body's natural defense system by reestablishing normal immune system and cell functioning.
Rhus Toxicodendron 6c for symptoms of outbreaks in any location, especially accompanied by burning and itching.
Arsenicum Album 6c if symptoms occur in the case of herpes zoster. The shingles have burning quality, restlessness, anxiety, worsening of symptoms after midnight.
Apis Mellifica 30c if symptoms occur when herpes outbreak is accompanied by stinging pain. Red swollen skin that burns.
Boost Your Immune System
Boosting your immune system with herbs offers a safer alternative than prescription medication. Echinacea and Viscum Album can both be used to temporarily strengthen your immune system. Olea Europea is also effective because it will work to fight off the herpes simplex virus.
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