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HERPES SIMPLEX - Oral (Cold Sores) and Genital Herpes

Oral herpes (E.g. Cold Sores), and Genital herpes (Herpes Simplex)

 

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 – a herpes infection can exist in a dormant form (i.e. not showing symptoms)

 

         Cold sores (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 herpes.

 

      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

         Menstruation

         Local skin trauma

         General ill health and other infections E.g. a cold

 

Herpes symptoms

 

      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.

 

-       Cold sores

         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.

 

-       Genital Herpes

 

         Cluster of blistery sores — usually on the vagina, vulva, cervix, penis, buttocks, or anus 

         Burning sensation -  if urine flows over sores

         Urination is difficult when sores swell severely enough to block the urethra

         Itching / Pain in infected area

         Open sores

 

Herpes is highly contagious

 

      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. by kissing

 

      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 present — 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 -  Skin can be infected if it is cut, chafed, or burned, or has a rash or other sores.

 

Herpes infection treatments

 

Raw Honey

 

      Raw honey treats herpes symptoms better than the antiviral drug acyclovir – neither will cure herpes

 

-       Study compared  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.

 

          Mean 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

 

          Two cases 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

 

Al-Waili NS. Topical honey application vs. acyclovir for the treatment of recurrent herpes simplex lesions. Med Sci Monit. 2004 Aug;10(8):MT94-8. PubMed

 

      Honey needs to be:

 

         Raw – not refined / heat-processed;

         Semifluid

 

-       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

 

Raw Honey –“Natural Antibiotic”

 

 

Other Natural Therapies

 

         To prevent recurrence, boost immune system by attending to diet, lifestyle and emotional issues utilizing the following protocol :

 

NEWSTARTS

 

         For some pain relief:

         Warm baths

         Hold cool 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.

 

Meridian Tapping Technique (MTT)

 

         Homeopathic  herpes simplex formula

         Lysine (an essential amino acid)

         Vitamin C

         Aloe Vera

         Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)

         Resveratrol (potent antioxidant from grape seed)

         Garlic

         Lactoferrin (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.

 

          Hydrogen Peroxide Therapy (Gel w/ DMSO) – apply 9% hydrogen peroxide with DMSO ;

         Ozone Therapy (Ozonated olive oil)

         Chlorine Dioxide Therapy (Using MMS)

         Wild Oregano Oil

         Tea Tree Oil - For External use; Antifungal / Antibiotic;

         Grapefruit Seed Extract;

         Ionic Colloidal Silver;

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