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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,...
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1. Practice good hygiene. Keep your body clean, wash your hands
frequently and try to avoid touching the sores.
2. Take salt baths. This method can clean, dry and ease the pain
of blisters and sores. Mix a few tablespoons of salt in a shallow
3. Cool the affected area. Applying ice directly to the sores or
drying the area with a blow dryer on the cool setting can offer
4. Wear loose-fitting clothing. Loose clothing reduces
discomfort and promotes healing of the sores. Wear cotton, rather
than synthetic underwear.
5. Wear sun block. Keeping your skin protected can help prevent
the recurrence of HSV-1.
6. Urinate in a cool bath or shower. If you experience painful
urination, this process dilutes the urine and prevents burning the
7. Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water each day.
8. Practice abstinence when you are experiencing symptoms of
herpes. Help prevent the spread of herpes by avoiding sexual
activity when you are experiencing any symptoms, including
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