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Decreasing Flareups and Relieving the Discomforts of Herpes
Increase the amount of Lysine (an essential amino acid) in your diet and
decrease the Arginine (an amino acid that supports the herpes virus). If
you eat foods high in Arginine, balance them with L-lysine foods or with
Lysine/L-lysine tablets that can be found in health food stores (500mg/day
Dietary sources of Lysine: fish, chicken, beef, meat, cheese, eggs,
milk and dairy products, yogurt, soybeans, brewer's yeast.
Dietary sources of Arginine: nuts and nut products, seeds, coconut,
brown rice, whole wheat bread, oatmeal, raisins, chocolate and caffeine
Increase Vitamin C foods.
Warm or cool shallow baths (called sitz baths).
Burrow's solution, cool compresses 2-3x/day.
Moist tea bags (black tea, non-herbal have tannic acid) to area.
Dry areas heal faster. Air dry sores thoroughly.
The following have been used with some success: Xylocaine spray or ointment,
Campho-phenique, Milk of Magnesia (dab on with cotton),Vitamin E capsules,
Lysine capsules or Aloe Vera.
Good hygiene is essential: bathe frequently, wash hands after going to
the bathroom, handling your genitals or engaging in sexual activity. Don't
share wash cloths, towels, glasses or eating utensils.
Chlorine kills herpes: use in the laundry, on towels and clothing, toilet
seats and bathtubs.
Abstain from intercourse when sores are present or when you feel a lesion
coming on to prevent the spread or reinfection to your body. Wash your
hands carefully if your partner has a lesion.
Refrain from kissing your newborn when you have sores, and wash your hands
carefully. Do not let others with an active cold sores hold your baby.
If the herpes virus gets into an open wound or your child's eyes, it is
very difficult to eradicate and your baby could become very sick.
QUIT SMOKING: smoking seems to cause tissue weakness and makes infections
Decrease stress: cut back on work hours, get adequate rest and exercise,
eat a balanced diet, practice relaxation techniques.
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