There is an old misconception Herpes Simplex 1 only infects “above the belt” by manifesting as cold sores. Herpes Type 2 was previously considered “below the belt” and caused genital lesions. However, the medical profession has found oral-genital contact can spread either so that types of herpes have become virtually insignificant.
Let’s define Herpes. It is very contagious. It transmits through bodily fluids. Wash your hands to keep the virus from a cold sore from spreading to the genitals. The first time herpes symptoms appear is the primary occurrence and it is worse than recurring outbreaks.
- 1 Oral Herpes Symptoms
- 2 Genital Herpes Symptoms
- 3 Natural Treatments for Cold Sores
- 4 Natural Treatments for Genital Herpes
- 5 Why does Herpes break out?
- 6 How to Keep Herpes Away Forever
Oral Herpes Symptoms
The classic symptom of oral herpes is the blister on the lip. Before a blister appears, the area will sometimes tingle, feel slightly raised and may appear red and inﬂamed. This pain or tingling sensation typically occurs 1 to 2 days before the cold sore appears. This doesn’t have to be the case, however — I’ve never had any warning symptoms before an oral herpes outbreak.
Herpes can, however, also appear as a tear on one side of the mouth. Many people don’t know this and wonder why they have a cracked side of their lip that hurts.
Symptoms generally occur within 4-7 days after contact. Initial symptoms are burning, chronic itch or tingling. In a couple of days, pimply sores pop up on the reddish skin. Later, the pimples metamorphose into agonizing blisters. When the blisters burst, they secrete blood and yellowish pus.
Approximately a week after the first symptoms, scabs form, which signals healing has begun. While it is rare, it is possible for Herpes to spread to the eyes. This requires the speedy attention of a medical professional. A person can be infected and be aware of it. Symptoms may not show for some time following contact, yet the person can still be contagious. This is because viral shedding occurs during the tingling stage.
Genital Herpes Symptoms
During the first outbreak, it is common to feel ﬂu-like symptoms, such as swollen glands, headache or fever. Aching or ‘tingling’ sensations in the groin, thigh and buttocks muscles may also occur.
Itching, pain and tingling sensations typically occur 1 to 2 days before any sores appear. For me, it was always an itching sensation at the exact same spot.
A genital herpes infection will generally appear as a small, ﬂuid-ﬁlled blister which goes through a cycle of phases. The blister will usually open up and leak ﬂuids, then form a scab or ‘crusting’, before healing and disappear completely.
However, as with oral herpes, genital herpes symptoms can vary from person to person. Sometimes it can resemble blisters, bumps, cuts, sores, or a rash in or around the genital area. I never had an open blister, but more something that resembled a group of small, itchy bumps.
Natural Treatments for Cold Sores
These are small lesions appearing on lips, nostrils, gums and/or roof of the mouth. Once a person is infected with Herpes Simples 1, it can remain dormant in the body until a flare-up. Extreme temperatures can also cause cold sores. Anyone susceptible to breakouts should limit/avoid foods containing arginine, an amino acid that sustains the virus. Arginine-rich foods include peanuts, chocolate, beer, peas, and chocolate.
Lysine counteracts arginine. (Health food stores carry this amino acid supplement.) Some foods are lysine-rich but low in arginine, such as figs, apples, pears, and papaya. Lentils, soybeans and black beans contain a whopping 2,500 milligrams lysine. There is a probability cold sores won’t erupt if ice treatment is begun immediately. Just rub an ice cube over the affected area for 10 minutes, 3 times per day. Put a little salt on your fingertip and apply to affected area.
Apply pressure and hold for a couple of minutes. This treatment is the most painful, but also the most effective in the speedy healing of cold sores.
Lysine is an amino acid that you obtain naturally through your diet. It is one of the amino acids that can only be acquired through your diet. Taken in adequate dosages, this amino acid has been scientifically proven to stop the growth of the herpes virus. Viral replication is when the virus grows and multiplies in larger numbers. Studies have shown that supplements of Lysine can reduce the frequency and intensity of herpes and cold sore outbreaks.
You will get better results if a supplement is taken that contains Lysine along with other nutrients. This includes Vitamin C, Bioﬂavonoids, and Zinc. They have all been proven in clinical trials to improve healing time and reduce the frequency of episodes.
How does Lysine work?
There are two amino acids that have been found in signiﬁcantly inﬂuence herpes; lysine and arginine.
Lysine can be a valuable weapon in reducing outbreaks and in healing the infection quickly. Whereas Arginine can provoke outbreaks and is required by the herpes simplex virus to replicate and cause symptoms. Tissue culture studies show that Lysine works by repressing the metabolism of Arginine. Arginine is an amino acid that is essential for the herpes virus to replicate and become active.
Foods that contain high amounts of Lysine:
- Most vegetables and fruit
- Particularly beets, avocados, mangos, tomatoes, apples, apricots, pears, ﬁgs, and papaya
- Dairy products such as milk, yogurt, and cheeses
- Brewer’s yeast
- Chicken, Fish, Beef, and Lamb
Don’t pass on the Bioﬂavonoids, because they work in synergy with the other nutrients. Bioﬂavonoids help stop an outbreak before it starts. You can get Bioﬂavonoids from food such as berries, ginkgo bilboa, onions, parsley, pulses, tea, and red wine. These nutrients work cohesively together and along with Lysine can help to suppress outbreaks and strengthen the skin.
Natural Treatments for Genital Herpes
Genital Herpes occurs in a woman’s cervix and/or vagina. In men, the virus appears on/around the penis. It can materialize around the anus of either sex. Apply Tea Tree Oil to lesions after showering. Use one drop per lesion for quicker resolution.
Aloe Vera gel can also be applied to lesions following a shower. Homegrown Aloe Vera is preferable. Cut a few stems and store in the fridge until ready to use. The cold gel is comforting to the blister as it reduces pain, itching, and redness. Epsom Salt has been used in various home remedies for decades.
Soaking in a warm bath, with a heaping helping of Epson Salt helps calm itching and dry up lesions.
If you currently have a herpes outbreak, the bad news is that it won’t magically disappear in one hour. This is especially true if you are late in the life cycle of the herpes breakout. You need to first eliminate the virus locally, and then the area needs to heal.
When taken internally, oregano oil strengthens the immune system and improves digestion. When applied locally to a herpes outbreak, it eradicates the virus and promotes faster healing of the afﬂicted area.
You will notice that the morning and evening doses are very similar. The only difference is that in the evening, L-Lysine is replaced by olive leaf extract. The reason for this is that Olive Leaf Extract and L- Lysine cancel each other out. So it’s important to take them separately with at least 2 hours in between doses.
Oregano oil is a very powerful herb. Your genitals may be too sensitive to apply oregano oil directly on them. It works for me and my wife, but I’ve heard of cases where the burning was too much to bear. In this case, replace oregano oil with topical acyclovir cream.
Olive Leaf Extract
Olive leaf extract is growing in popularity as an effective herb for the management of herpes and is now being recommended by many natural therapists, doctors and herpes support groups around the world, and with good reason. This herb is showing impressive results against the whole spectrum of herpes viruses in both anecdotal and clinical trials.
Olive leaf extract has antiviral properties against both HSV Type 1 and 2.
Comprehensive clinical trials show it reduce herpes viral shedding and stop viral replication. Olive leaf extract has also been shown to have the ability to directly penetrate virally infected cells.
Barley Grass Powder
Barley grass is a potent source of vitamins and nutrients. It offers more protein than a sirloin steak, ﬁve times the amount of iron as broccoli, seven times more vitamin C than orange juice and 11 times more calcium than milk.
Consuming barley grass has also shown to balance the pH of the body. The average western diet is fairly acidic, especially when large quantities of processed foods are eaten. Raised acidity in the body may cause diseases and general ill-health. Barley grass is very alkalizing and useful for helping the cells in the body function optimally.
Herpes viruses love an acidic environment. This is why barley grass works effectively in ﬁghting herpes at the root level.
Why does Herpes break out?
Once you have contracted the herpes virus, you have it for life. During phases where you have no outbreaks, it hides in your spinal cord. The virus breaks out as soon as your immune system is too weak to keep it dormant. That’s why when you have the ﬂu, it’s common to get a herpes outbreak as well. It is because your immune system is busy ﬁghting the ﬂu virus.
But your immune system doesn’t have to be completely preoccupied with something else for the herpes virus to awaken. It just needs to be weaker than usual. For example, if you’re under extreme stress, or if you live an unhealthy lifestyle, your immune system isn’t working as well as it could.
If you have recurring herpes outbreaks, it’s important that you don’t just apply some cream locally, or take some tablet. You need to remove the factors that enable herpes to grow in your body in the ﬁrst place. This requires some lifestyle changes that I discuss.
There is no sure cure for Herpes. Certain treatments help relieve pain, burning, itching, etc. But, the virus is subject to reoccur for the person’s lifetime.
How to Keep Herpes Away Forever
Now you know how to ﬁght herpes when you have an outbreak. But just ﬁghting it when you have an outbreak won’t lift the burden from your mind of the next outbreak. In order to do that, you need to eliminate herpes at the root, by strengthening your body.
No matter what treatment approach you take, your immune system will be responsible to combat and control herpes.
Your body’s natural immune system is responsible for keeping you healthy and ﬁghting off invading pathogens, including herpes. The biggest beneﬁt of improving your immune system is that it not only stops herpes outbreaks from ever occurring again — it also keeps you safe from other sicknesses!
Freshly made fruit and/ or vegetable juices are a great source of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. They are essential for your body to maintain a strong immune system against viruses.
Moderate exercise, preferably at least 4 times per week, can help strengthen your immune system. Blood ﬂow to vital organs, good circulation, and mental wellness can improve your immune response. A half hour of brisk walking ﬁve days per week is an ideal training program for maintaining a healthy immune system.
The air you breathe can affect your immunity. Polluted environments are toxic to your system and can affect your health. Try to avoid living or working in polluted areas. If you cannot avoid pollutants, try supplementing your diet with antioxidants. Examples include fresh fruit and vegetables that are vibrant in color or an antioxidant formula that contains selenium. Avoid exercising near trafﬁc where you are likely to inhale large amounts of carbon- dioxide and other carcinogens.
Maintain a nutritious diet high in antioxidants, essential nutrients and micronutrients. An antioxidant supplement may help to meet your dietary needs.
Try to avoid or reduce stress in your life. Substitute caffeine-rich drinks with water and herbal teas and supplement your diet with B group vitamins, ginseng, and vitamin c. This will beneﬁt your body in times of stress. Added magnesium can assist in muscle relaxation.