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#13457 - 06/20/12 12:16 PM STDs - Herpes
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Herpes is a rampant STD and there are some excellent solutions to prevent another attack.

The nuts and bolts about immune system issues, when you read about them stress is a big indicator, also diet plays a HUGE factor. If you are eating foods high in Arginine (see food list below) you can create an imbalance in the immune system. There is a need to increase the Lysine. The bottom line is that too much L-Arginine (an amino acid) in your system, and it creates an imbalance of L-Lysine and may cause the immune system to produce a flare-up of shingles or cold sores (also known as herpes simplex).

L-Arginine: Food Sources HIGH in Arginine Amino Acid Content

It is also suspected that eating foods rich in L-Arginine might help the virus survive better.

When possible, cut back on foods high in Arginine. These include beer, grain cereals, chocolate, seeds, nuts and peas. So the best option is to eat foods high in Lysine and low in Arginine.

But keep in mind that research data suggests that high levels of Lysine is more important when it comes to stopping the virus from spreading.

Foods High in Lysine


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I had to cut to the chase because reading is hard and scan this forum to figure out what to do, since they were all talking about the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) I decided to try it. I applied ACV to the spots every hour that I was awake and by the next day they had all but gone away.


Valtrex is what many Dr's will rush to give you and it has may side effects, the response I got to my refusal to take Valtrex was, "well they all have side effects". I found out my decision to not take Valtrex was correct because frankly being at risk for blindness I certainly wouldn't want a single one on the list of side effects. I also discovered that the only chance Valtrex might have if taken really early on and I was already full blown shingles on the left side of my face, left eye and head.

Basic logic to me says that the answer is Lysine and ACV. There is no money in natural cures. Valtrex is also a fairly pricey drug (it does nothing. I would really have to question the wisdom to use it based on what I can figure out and my current experience. It seems pretty straight forward to me, Lysine will counter the overload of Arginine and thus be your best defense to not only take on a regular basis as part of your vitamin regiment to ward off and keep your immune system in balance. If we are taking in an overload of Arginine via the foods we are eating, diet plays a huge role along with stress.

I couldn't find any side effects from Lysine and ACV, however Valtrex looks problematic to me.


Valtrex
Side Effects

Nausea, vomiting, fatigue, headache, dizziness, stomach pain, painful periods may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly. Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: mental/mood changes (e.g., agitation, hallucinations), confusion, speech problems, shaky/unsteady movement, vision changes. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: seizures, loss of consciousness, signs of other infections (e.g., fever, persistent sore throat). This medication may rarely cause a blood disorder (thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura) or a severe kidney problem (hemolytic uremic syndrome). These problems are more likely to occur if you have HIV disease or if you have had a bone marrow transplant or an organ transplant. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: change in the amount of urine, easy bruising/bleeding, unusual fever. A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing. This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

I now take Lysine when I have something that is high in Arginine. It isn't like you have to live like a monk, lol, I still enjoy my morning coffee but I take Lysine up to 3K mg. per day. I rarely eat any chocolate but if I do I just increase my Lysine to combat the Argine rise. At the first sign of any of the members of the Herpes Simplex family put Apple Cider Vinegar on the spots and increase your Lysine.

I have been free from any signs and am now healing thankfully for finding out about how the immune system works. I keep a bottle of Lysine (1K mg) in my bedside table and just pop a few during the day.

My neighbor who used to take Valtrex for her cold sores now is using Apple Cider Vinegar and taking Lysine and is having the same great results. I am thankful I found this information so have escaped scaring on my face. Even my Dr. started using Lysine for his cold sores and was amazed at how quickly they disappeared.

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#13459 - 06/20/12 08:18 PM Re: STDs - Herpes [Re: Dianne E.]
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I had to stop taking Valtrex due to the side effects that I experienced. I certainly plan to try these natural remedies as soon as possible.

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Edited by dazedandconfused (06/20/12 08:20 PM)

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#13467 - 06/22/12 11:30 AM Re: STDs - Herpes [Re: dazedandconfused]
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How Many People Have Herpes?

May 5th, 2011 | Published in Genital Herpes Fast Facts

According to a CDC data, genital herpes, caused by the herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2), is one of the most common STDs in the United States. But exactly how many people have herpes?
How Many People Have Herpes: Fast Facts

16.2%, or one out of six, people ages 14 to 49 is infected with HSV-2, the virus that causes genital herpes
Of those infected, 90% are unaware they have the virus
Genital herpes is highest among African Americans with a 39.2% positivity rate
In the past 10 years, the percentage of U.S. citizens with genital herpes has remained stable

How Many People Have Herpes: Men vs. Women

One in nine sexually active men, ages 14 to 49, has genital herpes
One in five sexually active women, ages 14 to 49, has genital herpes
48% of African American women are infected with the HSV 2 virus

Herpes transmission is more common from an infected man to his female partner than an infected woman to her male partner. Due to anatomical differences, women are more susceptible to contracting genital herpes.
How Many People Have Herpes: Why HSV-2 is So Common

A herpes infection can spread from person to person even without visible symptoms
Genital herpes is spread through skin-to-skin contact, including sex play
The virus often goes undiagnosed; a herpes infection can be asymptomatic or mimic less serious conditions such as jock itch, ingrown hairs, yeast infection, or a mild skin rash.

Concerned About Having a Herpes Infection?

Since genital herpes (HSV 2) is highly contagious and often has no symptoms, it is no wonder how many people have herpes. The CDC and STD experts recommend annual herpes testing for sexually active adults or testing for those who may have been exposed to the virus.

Herpes is best managed when diagnosed and treated early. Click here for more information about genital herpes or to order a private genital herpes testing.

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#13468 - 06/22/12 11:37 AM Re: STDs - Herpes [Re: Dianne E.]
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Genital Herpes - CDC Fact Sheet
What is genital herpes?

Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by the herpes simplex viruses type 1 (HSV-1) or type 2 (HSV-2). Most genital herpes is caused by HSV-2. Most individuals have no or only minimal signs or symptoms from HSV-1 or HSV-2 infection. When signs do occur, they typically appear as one or more blisters on or around the genitals or rectum. The blisters break, leaving tender ulcers (sores) that may take two to four weeks to heal the first time they occur. Typically, another outbreak can appear weeks or months after the first, but it almost always is less severe and shorter than the first outbreak. Although the infection can stay in the body indefinitely, the number of outbreaks tends to decrease over a period of years.

How common is genital herpes?

Results of a nationally representative study show that genital herpes infection is common in the United States. Nationwide, 16.2%, or about one out of six, people 14 to 49 years of age have genital HSV-2 infection. Over the past decade, the percentage of Americans with genital herpes infection in the U.S. has remained stable.
Genital HSV-2 infection is more common in women (approximately one out of five women 14 to 49 years of age) than in men (about one out of nine men 14 to 49 years of age). Transmission from an infected male to his female partner is more likely than from an infected female to her male partner.

How do people get genital herpes?

HSV-1 and HSV-2 can be found in and released from the sores that the viruses cause, but they also are released between outbreaks from skin that does not appear to have a sore. Generally, a person can only get HSV-2 infection during sexual contact with someone who has a genital HSV-2 infection. Transmission can occur from an infected partner who does not have a visible sore and may not know that he or she is infected.
HSV-1 can cause genital herpes, but it more commonly causes infections of the mouth and lips, so-called “fever blisters.” HSV-1 infection of the genitals can be caused by oral-genital or genital-genital contact with a person who has HSV-1 infection. Genital HSV-1 outbreaks recur less regularly than genital HSV-2 outbreaks.

What are the signs and symptoms of genital herpes?

Most people infected with HSV-2 are not aware of their infection. However, if signs and symptoms occur during the first outbreak, they can be quite pronounced. The first outbreak usually occurs within two weeks after the virus is transmitted, and the sores typically heal within two to four weeks. Other signs and symptoms during the primary episode may include a second crop of sores, and flu-like symptoms, including fever and swollen glands. However, most individuals with HSV-2 infection never have sores, or they have very mild signs that they do not even notice or that they mistake for insect bites or another skin condition.
People diagnosed with a first episode of genital herpes can expect to have several (typically four or five) outbreaks (symptomatic recurrences) within a year. Over time these recurrences usually decrease in frequency. It is possible that a person becomes aware of the "first episode" years after the infection is acquired.
What are the complications of genital herpes?
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Genital herpes can cause recurrent painful genital sores in many adults, and herpes infection can be severe in people with suppressed immune systems. Regardless of severity of symptoms, genital herpes frequently causes psychological distress in people who know they are infected.

In addition, genital HSV can lead to potentially fatal infections in babies. It is important that women avoid contracting herpes during pregnancy because a newly acquired infection during late pregnancy poses a greater risk of transmission to the baby. If a woman has active genital herpes at delivery, a cesarean delivery is usually performed. Fortunately, infection of a baby from a woman with herpes infection is rare.

Herpes may play a role in the spread of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Herpes can make people more susceptible to HIV infection, and it can make HIV-infected individuals more infectious.

How is genital herpes diagnosed?

The signs and symptoms associated with HSV-2 can vary greatly. Health care providers can diagnose genital herpes by visual inspection if the outbreak is typical, and by taking a sample from the sore(s) and testing it in a laboratory. HSV infections can be diagnosed between outbreaks by the use of a blood test. Blood tests, which detect antibodies to HSV-1 or HSV-2 infection, can be helpful, although the results are not always clear-cut.

Is there a treatment for herpes?
There is no treatment that can cure herpes, but antiviral medications can shorten and prevent outbreaks during the period of time the person takes the medication. In addition, daily suppressive therapy for symptomatic herpes can reduce transmission to partners.

How can herpes be prevented?

The surest way to avoid transmission of sexually transmitted diseases, including genital herpes, is to abstain from sexual contact, or to be in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with a partner who has been tested and is known to be uninfected.

Genital ulcer diseases can occur in both male and female genital areas that are covered or protected by a latex condom, as well as in areas that are not covered. Correct and consistent use of latex condoms can reduce the risk of genital herpes.

Persons with herpes should abstain from sexual activity with uninfected partners when lesions or other symptoms of herpes are present. It is important to know that even if a person does not have any symptoms he or she can still infect sex partners. Sex partners of infected persons should be advised that they may become infected and they should use condoms to reduce the risk. Sex partners can seek testing to determine if they are infected with HSV. A positive HSV-2 blood test most likely indicates a genital herpes infection.

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