Self Help Tips – It is also helpful to wash the area of infection with and gargle with Hydrogen Peroxide dilutions. Vitamin C is also great for tissue repair and to improve immune function. Cooler & Alkaline (Yin foods) such as Vegetables are most helpful. Alcohol / Sugar / Smoking / Spice are best avoided. It is extremely important to stop smoking. However, guilt, stress and fear about anything are not necessary. Breakout periods represent times when our emotions, stress levels, eating habits or viral manifestations are imbalanced. Keeping cool is beneficial. Bathing in Cold water and doing the healing meditations help a great deal. ‘No anger’ and ‘no stress’ are the key.
Herpes ulcers are very sore and often patient needs immediate relief from the pain. Many herbs have been used to soothe the burning, itching and tingling sensation. Herbs such as Santalum album, Cedrus devdar, Cyperus rotundus, Tinospora cordifolia, Ficus group plants like Ficus bengalenis and sacred fig (Ficus religiosa), Hemidesmus Indicus, Glycirhiza glabra or Liquorice, are well known for their cooling effect on skin. A mixture of powder with equal quantity of each mentioned above can be prepared and used in the following manner to help soothe Herpes ulcers and blisters.
Decoction: 1 tsp. of the powder is to be boiled (on a low flame) with 16 ounces of water. This is boiled till 4 ounces is obtained. This is to be used to wash the affected area.
Paste: Mix the powder with milk, rose water or plain water. Apply this paste to the affected area. Paste is to be used when there is severe pain and burning.
Direct application is advised when the affected area is moist.
Not everyone with herpes experiences symptoms. Some people go through life with this virus and infect partners without realizing it. Herpes symptoms are called outbreaks. Herpes symptoms vary from person to person and outbreak to outbreak. Some common herpes symptoms include: Read the rest of this entry >>
There are mainly 3 antiviral drugs used to treat genital and oral herpes. They are:
- Acyclovir (Zovirax or generic)
- Valacyclovir (Valtrex)
- Famiciclovir (Famvir)
These drugs are used either a) to treat symptoms once an outbreak has already begun, or b) on a more or less continual basis to suppress outbreaks, for severe cases. Some doctors peg this at more than 6 outbreaks in a year. Read the rest of this entry >>