HERPES SIMPLEX - Oral (Cold Sores) and Genital Herpes
(E.g. Cold Sores),
What are Oral and Genital herpes?
Oral and genital herpes are a
sexually transmitted disease (STD)
Both types 1 and 2 of the
Herpes Simplex can infect one or both
of the oral and genital areas –
herpes infection can exist in a dormant form (i.e.
not showing symptoms)
(fever blisters) – infection
on or near the mouth; usually
Herpes Simplex type1; Up to 80% of
American adults have oral herpes
Genital herpes -
infection on or near the sex organs; 70-80% of cases are
Herpes Simplex type2. About 25% of American adults have genital
The herpes virus
lives in nerve endings – often living permanently and dormantly in
the body unless it is activated to produce symptoms
Herpes activation triggers
The herpes virus is activated by a general
weakening of the immune system and a rise in skin temperature –
E.g. from fever, sunlight, which
causes the virus to spread out
What are the Triggers for a Herpes outbreak?
Physical or mental stress
Excessive cold or heat, including fever
Exposure to strong sunlight
Local skin trauma
General ill health and other infections
E.g. a cold
Herpes Symptoms –
be aware that herpes may have no symptoms, even for years:
All active herpes infections
Tiny blisters form on the spot.
Blisters enlarge, burst, oozes fluid
and become painful ulcers after 2 or 3 days.
The ulcers crust over, form scabs. They
may crack and bleed easily.
Fade away in 7 to 10 days.
A tingling sensation
(itching and irritation) around the
mouth heralds a cold sore's imminent arrival, usually within a day or two.
The skin feels oversensitive to touch.
Raised, swollen red area usually around
the nostrils and lips.
Cluster of blistery sores —
usually on the vagina, vulva,
penis, buttocks, or anus
Burning sensation -
flows over sores
Urination is difficult when sores swell severely
enough to block the urethra
Itching / Pain in infected area
Herpes is highly
Herpes is spread by brief skin-to-skin contact -
E.g. touching, kissing, and sexual contact (vaginal, anal, and oral). It can be
passed from one partner to another and from one part of the body to another.
A common transmittal path is within families E.g.
Rarely, genital herpes can
be passed from a pregnant woman to her baby during vaginal birth
Herpes is most
contagious when sores are open, moist, or leaking fluid —
until the scabs heal and fall off
Herpes can also be spread when no symptoms are
and in fact, genital herpes
is mostly contracted
from people with no symptoms. Most people
with oral herpes were infected as children.
Areas easily infected with herpes are the lining
of the mouth, vagina, penis, anus, and eyes -
can be infected if it is cut, chafed, or burned, or has a rash or other sores.
Herpes infection treatments
Raw honey treats herpes symptoms better than the
antiviral drug acyclovir –
neither will cure herpes
honey to acyclovir in 16 adults with recurrent labial and genital herpes
attacks - they used honey to treat
one attack, and a commonly prescribed acyclovir cream for another.
healing times were reduced 43%
for labial herpes and
59% for genital herpes when using honey
instead of acyclovir
Pain and crusting was significantly reduced with
the honey, compared to the drug
of labial herpes and one case of genital herpes completely remitted with the
honey treatment - compared to none remitted using acyclovir
3 subjects developed local itching with acyclovir
– no side-effects with honey
Topical honey application vs. acyclovir
for the treatment of recurrent herpes simplex lesions.
Med Sci Monit. 2004
Honey needs to be:
Raw – not
refined / heat-processed;
Manuka honey is an
excellent choice -
made by bees
from pollen gathered from flowers of the manuka bush in New Zealand, having
super potency and healing properties
Apply honey directly to open sore at least 4
times / day – aim is to keep
sore in contact with wet honey
Other Natural Therapies
To prevent recurrence, boost immune system by
attending to diet, lifestyle and emotional issues utilizing the following
For some pain relief:
compress/ice pack against sores
Wear cotton underwear to prevent chafing
Keep sores dry to promote healing
Meridian Tapping Technique (MTT) –
tapping on certain meridan endpoints resolves
root emotional problems that caused immune
system to weaken.
Tapping Technique (MTT)
essential amino acid)
(potent antioxidant from grape seed)
(potent antimicrobial protein found in colostrum)
Steeped tea bag (For
cold sores) - purported to quickly reduce
swelling/blisters and cut healing time down by several days. Use a breakfast tea
teabag (E.g Lipton tea bag), steeped
for about 5 minutes. Squeeze out excess
fluid and allow to cool. Hold tea bag on the cold sore for a few minutes.
(Gel w/ DMSO)
– apply 9% hydrogen peroxide with DMSO
(Ozonated olive oil)
Chlorine Dioxide Therapy (Using MMS)
Wild Oregano Oil
Tea Tree Oil
For External use; Antifungal /
Grapefruit Seed Extract;
Ionic Colloidal Silver;