Treatment and Diet
Herpes is a skin infection, where the virus survives in the ganglia. The virus passes to the skin nerves during the virus outbreaks and causes lesions that are contagious. HSV-1 causes cold sores and blisters on the mouth and other parts of the body, whereas HSV-2 is associated with genital herpes, contracted through sexual contact. The skin offers enough protection against the transmission of the infection in other parts of the body, but the genitals and the lips are more sensitive, being thin and the infection tends to occur either orally or on the genitals.
Diet can play a very crucial role in preventing the outbreaks associated with herpes infection. Controlling Herpes naturally can offer more hope to people infected with Herpes. Though the condition does not have any cure and the virus remains in the body forever, the symptoms can be minimized and kept in check.
In addition, eating the right type of food can protect the infected person from having frequent outbreaks.
- It is suggested that the person takes a diet that is rich in L-lysine and has a low content of l-arginine. L-lysine supplements can increase the lysine intake.
- Some other essential supplements that can help the condition are zinc; vitamin E; Vitamin C; B Complex and Licorice root.
- Foods like margarine, yogurt, cheese, apples, pears, mangoes, fish, poultry and meat are rich in lysine and are low in arginine.
- Some essential foods are fresh vegetables, preferably organic ones that are lightly cooked.
- An alkaline diet is also recommended, such as fruits like lemon and peppers, parsley or asparagus.
- Acidic foods like beer, beef and sugar should be avoided.
- There are also many herbs that boost the immune system, such as garlic, propolis, licorice, and olive leaves, Echinacea, which should be taken to reduce outbreaks.
Though these do not offer a cure for the infection, they can improve the condition and keep the outbreaks in check.
It is better to avoid foods that are rich in Arginine, such as many nuts and seeds; grains, such as wheat and oats; jelly; and chocolate as well as caffeinated beverages and liquids. The infected person should also avoid fried food and processed meat; peanuts as well as peanut butter; soft drinks and sugar.
There are many alternative treatments for controlling the episodes and for reducing the intensity and frequency of the outbreaks.
- Lysine supplements are able to inhibit the multiplication of herpes virus.
- An oral supplement of l-lysine can reduce the frequency of outbreaks, especially in case of oral herpes.
- Lysine ointments can also be very useful for reducing the healing time of cold sores.
- Propolis and some other ingredients are used in such ointments, which offer a natural healing product.