The Herpes Virus - Facts and Information



Herpes virus, also called HSV, is a virus that plagues many, many people.

The virus family is made up of nearly 100 kinds of different kinds of viruses, eight of which can cause disease in humans.

Many people are exposed to HSV, without ever knowing it. One day you're going along in life without care, and the next minute, you have symptoms you don't understand. You may become irritable, fidgety, or even lose your temper for no apparent reason. Finally, you break out in bumps that itch and burn and you realize that you've been infected.

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Herpes is a virus that spares no one. Everyone is at risk and everyone is susceptible to catching it.

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It is estimated that Herpes will affect some 80 million people in America. At least one in five adult men and one in four adult women in the United States has genital herpes. The more information you get about the herpes virus, the easier it will be to manage.

Herpes Simplex Virus - causes Cold Sores and Genital Herpes. Herpes virus is a virus that remains dormant in the body until it is aggravated and becomes 'live'.

  • You can contract Cold Sores/Fever Blisters by kissing someone who has an active or passive case of it.

  • You can contract Genital Herpes much the same way.

  • You can be infected by someone who has an active or passive case of it also.

  • Genital Herpes can be spread by someone who has or has had cold sores and then has oral sex with you. In other words, herpes can be spread from the mouth to the genitals or from the genitals to the mouth.

    One typically sheds the virus right before breaking out with sores, when it's hidden from plain sight. Unfortunately the 'shedding stage' is the most dangerous time for catching it too.

    Herpes does not care who gets infected or where! So be very careful if you have an outbreak. Wash your hands if you touch any infected area. Herpes can be spread to any part of the body, including the eyes, and can be exacerbated by stress! (Although I doubt many people who catch it are cool, calm, and collective!)

    HSV can cause problems in daily life and can make working or socializing almost impossible, or at least until the lesions are under control.

    If you are taking prescription drugs, you may be throwing money away! While prescriptions do have their place for advanced cases of HSV, they do not solve the underlying problem. The underlying problem is what needs to be addressed.

    You can also buy OTC medications for cold sores (but not genital herpes) which helps clear up the sores. However, they are not unlike prescription medications. They do not solve the underlying cause of the symptoms.

    You can give yourself the best possible chance to limit recurrences by maintaining general good health and by keeping stress to a minimum. Take care of any affected skin areas you have. Keep the area dry and clean during outbreaks to help with the healing process.

    Avoid physical contact with the area from the time of the first symptoms (tingling, itching, burning) until all sores are completely healed, not just scabbed-over. There is also a possibility of shedding or 'asymptomatic transmission', even after the sores have healed.

    Since Herpes can be transmitted to other areas of the body, be sure to wash your hands with soap and water if you touch a sore. Better yet, don't touch the sores at all if you can help it. Wear protective latex gloves when you touch the area or when you apply medications. If you use home remedies, use cotton balls or q-tips to keep your hands and fingers clear of the virus.

    Cold sores are much easier to eliminate with simple over the counter cold sore remedies. However, genital herpes is a horse of a different color. If you have genital herpes, please use protective products like condoms, especially if you're having sex or worried about spreading it to a partner during sex.

    There is a way to prevent herpes, regardless of what you've been told. It's an inexpensive yet effective OTC supplement that helps block ALL herpes related viruses and helps alleviate or at least diminish their conditions altogether. It's the easiest, most convenient treatment available. The best part is that it resolves the underlying cause of herpes.

    It's called L-Lysine.

    Lysine is an essential amino acid that your body needs for growth and repair. You can obtain lysine from the foods you eat or drink or from a simple inexpensive supplement.

    Lysine and one other essential amino acid called arginine, compete with each other for cell absorption in your body. When Lysine is present, it helps block out the herpes virus, (HSV), by blocking out arginine.

    Foods that contain high amounts of arginine include chocolate, peanuts, almonds, seeds, cereal grains, gelatin and raisins. Avoid foods that contain arginine if you are prone to outbreaks.

    Consuming lysine helps to control outbreaks of herpes and other related viruses. Foods that contain the most amounts of lysine are milk, eggs, ice cream, provolone cheese especially (and other soft cheeses), and pork. Be sure to include at least some of these foods in your daily diet. The more you eat, the better your chances of a speedy recovery.

    If you suffer from herpes I or II, its highly recommended that you get started taking lysine to help stop herpes sores from getting worse or spreading! Better yet, stop it before it starts by taking it daily to prevent outbreaks.

    Many people with the herpes virus describe a itching or tingling sensation before their outbreaks are visible. If you feel it 'coming on', start on a HIGH dosage of this supplement and you may prevent it altogether. It's simply impossible to over-dose on lysine and there are no known contraindications for taking it!

    Lysine Recommendations for Herpes Treatment:

    Canker Sores – Take 500 mg. THREE times daily or more if needed.

    Cold Sores/Fever Blisters/Genital Herpes – Take 1,000 mg. THREE or more times daily during outbreaks.

    For herpes prevention - Take 500 mg. lysine daily.

    You should also immediately stop using any products that contain aspartame, the artificial sweetener. Many people report that aspartame makes them break out very quickly. Products that contain sugar or high fructose corn syrup also seem to contribute to breakouts. Eat a healthy diet and try a raw foods diet for the best long lasting results.

    Whatever herpes treatment you choose, be sure not to infect others while you're in an outbreak. In the case of herpes, two is not always better than one!

    Herpes unfortunately affects many people negatively! And it's no wonder! Outbreaks can be extremely embarrassing and cause low self esteem. The herpes virus isn't going anywhere though until a cure is found. Until then, there are lots of things you can do to deter the onset of outbreaks. Use the pages listed below to find out more about the virus and it's prevention and treatment.



    Herpes Virus Pages

    Home Remedies for Herpes - Relieve Herpes Naturally

    HSV – The Difference Between Type 1 and Type 2.

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