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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 viruslives 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

Atingling 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 — 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 herpesis 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 comparedhoney 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.gLipton 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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