The HSV virus causes oral herpes or cold sores and genital herpes. They can get transmitted through sexual contact as well as other kinds of contact. It causes blisters and sores in the mouth, the face and the lips and in the genital areas.
Though there is currently no treatment for Herpes, the treatment focuses on providing relief for sores and reducing the frequency of outbursts. It is also possible that in some cases, the sores disappear even without any treatment. However, doctors can determine whether any medication is necessary, according to individual conditions.
These medications help the person from spreading the virus to others. Medicines also help reduce the intensity of outbreaks as well as the frequency. Some of the medications are in an oral pill form, whereas there are also others in the form of creams and even injections. There are some antiviral medications that need to be taken for treating the condition. These are acyclovir, famiciclovir and valacyclovir. These can generally be taken for seven days to ten days. In case of those who undergo frequent outbreaks, it needs to be taken daily. The medication is used for treating the recurring condition and is known as suppressive therapy.
Control through Diet
The recurrence of the infection can be controlled through dietary measures, whereby the lysine and arginine balance is regulated. Arginine tends to increase the replication of the virus, while lysine helps in managing HSV. However, it is a delicate balance and upsetting the balance might reduce the natural immunity of the body.
- Vitamin C along with bioflavonoids has anti inflammatory properties as well as antiviral characteristics. They can speed up the healing process of cold sores and blisters.
- Zinc also helps enhance the immune system and improves tissue repair.
- Vitamin B helps in reducing stress, which usually triggers HSV outbreaks.
- Vitamin E is also a helpful nutrient, as it relieves the pain in the nerves during the outbreaks.
- Food, such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cabbage contain indole 3 carbinol.
These are able to obstruct viral replication. It is important to get enough levels of these nutrients through the diet, as well as through supplements, in order to keep HSV in control.
Herbaceous Plants and Botanical Agents
Today, there are more and more new strains of the HSV virus; so it is important to bring in other potent medicines as well. There are many botanical and herbaceous plants that have anti viral properties. For instance, the Red marine algae, a sea dwelling plant, have the ability of stimulating the production of lymphocyte. This enhances the immune system and helps those suffering from herpes. Apart from this, other herbs, such as St John’s Wort and Lemon Balm are sources of polyphenols, which can help control HSV outbursts. There are many creams or ointments that contain these botanical herbs. When they are used on the cold sores or the genital sores, they can reduce the frequency and the intensity of the recurrence. Prunella vulgaris also has an effective action against herpes and reduces the viral growth in the cells. Aloe Vera offers great healing characteristics and contains L Lysine, helping to heal and soothe the sores.