Ok. So you've tried the antivirals to control your herpes and are looking for something else. Or, you want a natural approach to managing your symptoms. I get asked this all the time. It's SUCH a difficult question to answer. While I love the idea of an over the counter vitamin or supplement that can improve a person's symptoms or reduce their risk of disease, its difficult as a scientist to find any clear evidence of true benefit for most. However, I do recommend some supplements to certain patients - glucosamine for people with osteoarthritis, for example. Here's my take on a few supplements that may be of some benefit to people with herpes. Lysine has been used to help treat or prevent both oral and genital herpes lesions. There is evidence that lysine, taken as a supplement or by increasing lysine in your diet (from fish, chicken or eggs) may speed recovery of the ulcers and may reduce recurrence rates. However, this evidence is far from conclusive. More importantly,...
If you or someone you love has just been diagnosed with genital herpes, you may be experiencing a variety of emotions, and you’ve probably got questions—lots of them. It is important to be open and honest with your partner and to know the facts to keep you both healthy and safe. What is Genital Herpes? Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease caused by the herpes simplex viruses (HSV) type 1 and type 2. Most genital herpes is caused by HSV type 2. Symptoms Most people do not show the symptoms of genital herpes but can still spread the virus. In fact, the herpes virus stays in the body even after all symptoms have subsided. Read more about the common symptoms of genital herpes. Prevention and Treatment Some drugs can lower the frequency and length of outbreaks, but there is no cure for genital herpes. However, suppressive therapy combined with safe sex practices can decrease your chances of passing the virus to your partner. Learn about th...
One of the frequent questions I've seen here and on other asthma websites is whether asthma can be safely treated with (cheaper) over the counter medicines. So, I thought I'd use this post to explore the answers to that question.
Before I get started, though, let's refresh your memory about a couple of asthma facts:
Asthma is very treatable. While asthma is a chronic, long-term illness that often can't be avoided in the first place, the good news is that it is fairly easily treatable in most cases. With the right treatment, people who have asthma should be able to live full, active lives without many -- or any -- limits.
The best treatment for the majority of people with asthma is a daily or twice daily inhaled steroid. Of course, no one medicine works best for everyone, but research has shown that inhaled steroids are generally the most effective asthma medicine. If they are used correctly, as prescribed, they should control your symptoms most of the time.
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