Genital herpes is a virus that once contracted lays in the nerve cells. It can stay dormant for months and even years, and reappear when immune system is weaken. Stress, illness, surgery, sunburns, etc. often trigger painful herpes outbreaks. The most common symptoms of HSV outbreaks are fever, blisters,headache, muscle and back pain, itching in genital area, pain during urination, etc.
The initial herpes outbreak is typically the most severe and painful one compared to recurrent outbreaks, that are usually more mild. However, recurrent herpes outbreaks also cause pain and discomfort, and many people feel depressed, frustrated and confused because of it.
There is still no FDA approved cure for herpes, and once infected a person may have to learn how to live with the virus for the rest of their life. Using antiviral medicines such as Acyclovir, Famcicocir and Valacyclovir may help shorten the healing time after herpes outbreak and relieve the pain during outbreak. it is also advised to use Valaciclovir daily as suppressible therapy to reduce the risk of infecting partner in monogamous relationship. All antiviral drugs have potentially serious side effects (full list may be obtained at a pharmacy). After some time, antiviral drugs may become less effective as herpes virus can become resistant to drugs, and also because http://www.resolveherpes.com/ immune system may be damaged after prolonged use of medications. It is important to consult a health professional before taking any medication or making any drastic lifestyle changes, because certain changes may cause stress and lead to yet another painful outbreak. It is extremely important to take proper supplements especially when herpes virus is in an active state.
Latest research shows, that vitamins and supplements can help strengthen immune system naturally and let body do it's job. Aside from taking vitamins and supplements, it is also recommended to adopt some new healthy habits:
- Avoiding foods that are high in arginine, such as nuts, seeds, chocolate and wheat; corn syrup, highly processed foods and foods containing fructose syrup, "junk food".
- Adding lysine-rich foods and foods that help clean the body and strengthen immune system to a diet.
- Stress management: doing yoga, tai chi or meditating in the morning helps stay calm and focused even under a great amount of pressure during office hours.
- Doing regular physical activity that won't cause stress to the body, such as long walks, slow flow yoga, morning stretching and breathing exercises.
Recent studies also reveal various natural ways to relieve herpes symptoms and control outbreaks. For example, many doctors suggest, that taking l-lysine can shorten the length of herpes outbreak, while olive leaf extract is a very powerful natural supplement that can boost immune system. Oregano oil has natural antibacterial and antiviral properties, and wheat grass has been proven very effective in preventing the severity and frequency of HSV outbreaks.
Healthy immune system can suppress herpes virus and control outbreaks. It is important not to just stick to best diet or take supplements daily, but rather to understand what body needs and gradually switch to a healthier lifestyle without causing any damage to a body.