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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,...
Herpes medications are generally safe, whether you are
taking herpes antiviral medication to treat an outbreak or you're taking daily
But like all medications, the herpes antiviral DO have side
effects. Here's what you need to know about Zovirax, Valtrex and Famvir. You should know the difference between these different herpes medicines
so you can make the best decision for you and minimize any side effects.
Here's what you need to know:
The major drugs that doctors use to treat the herpes simplex
virus (HSV) are antiviral agents called nucleosides and nucleotide analogues.
They work by blocking reproduction of the herpes simplex virus. These drugs are
acyclovir, valacyclovir, famciclovir. These drugs are oral medications. There
are other antiviral similar to these drugs that are available in topical and
intravenous formulations, but they are generally used to treat different
Acyclovir, Valacyclovir and famcyclovir can lessen t...
There has been a lot of herpes talk in the media lately (and by “media” I mean gossip blogs and trashy online magazines) due to the recent allegations that R&B singer Chris Brown beat up his former girlfriend, pop singer Rihanna. The incident reportedly took place after a pre-Grammy party, and while people speculate on what sparked the fight, many believe it was over herpes. Rumors are flying that Rihanna not only gave genital herpes to Chris Brown, but that she got it from hip-hop mogul Jay-Z. Why is this important? It’s not. At least not unless you’re one of those involved. But the comments I’ve heard from people regarding this controversy tells me there’s still a lot of misunderstanding about herpes out there in the general population.
No one knows for sure what caused the fight between the two celebrities. My guess is that it had more to do with jealousy than an STD. I would imagine th...
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