If you are struggling with the symptoms of herpes this article can help you to understand your options. There is no need to lose hope. No matter how long or how frequently you experience outbreaks this information can help you.
There are many safe and effective ways to treat this virus, and although sometimes persistence and positive changes may be required, each and every person has the ability to be outbreak free.
Practical Steps on How to Stop Herpes Outbreaks
Pinpoint the factors that could be affecting your health
If you have tried numerous therapies and still experience regular outbreaks you may need to assess all areas of your life to determine where your health is being affected.
For example, if you are under a lot of stress, are not getting adequate sleep or have been affected by another health condition (such as the flu or an illness) then you need to address these issues and find ways to counteract these problems.
Do not underestimate the effect of stress on the body. Stress can be a big contributor to outbreaks and anything that may relieve this pressure can be helpful, such as deep breathing, taking a vitamin b group supplement, herbal teas, reducing caffeine, meditation and yoga.
Sometimes stress and late nights are unavoidable. If you know something is affecting your health and you are having trouble putting a stop to it, one approach that may help is to take a small daily dose of Korean Ginseng (Panax ginseng).
This is a powerful herb which can help to rejuvenate the body from stress and sleep deprivation. It can also help your body recover from a previous or recent illness, as well as counteract the effects of toxins, such as alcohol and recreational drugs.
You may want to consider taking Panax Ginseng if you:
- Have suffered from an illness, either now or in the past which may have had a profound effect on the body
- Are under a lot of stress or pressure
- Drink too much alcohol, smoke cigarettes or take other toxins regularly
- Do not get enough good quality sleep
- Regularly work your body to the point of exhaustion
Taking good care of yourself and paying attention to any strain on your health is the first step to reducing outbreaks.
Pay attention to your diet
Research has found that certain foods can trigger an outbreak for some people because of the high concentration of Arginine that they contain. Some of these foods include nuts, chocolate, gelatin, brown rice and lentils. Because this is an important factor we have a special section Amino Acids and Herpes that explains this in detail.
Eating a lot of junk food and not enough fruit and vegetables can also affect your outbreaks. It is a good idea to eat a healthy and nutritious diet to help keep outbreaks away. You can read our recommendations in the Herpes Diet section.
Begin a sensible supplement regime and stick to it
There are some herbs and nutrients that have been shown to help slow down herpes viral replication and reduce HSV activity in clinical trials. By incorporating these into your daily routine you could discover a safe and natural way to reduce your outbreaks.
Once you know that a particular supplement for herpes agrees with you and your body, the recommendation is to stick with it for a certain period of time and take it consistently according to the label dose. Most natural compounds require some time before they will work to their full potential and may not be able to prevent an outbreak if you only take the supplement occasionally.
Use an effective remedy when you experience symptoms
Here is a summary of the products that our support service have found to be consistently effective over the years, both conventional and alternative.
Antiviral Herpes Medications
These are available by prescription from your Doctor and can help you to manage your outbreaks. They can be effective in treating the symptoms, and if taken daily may help to reduce the chance of having another outbreak. You will need to talk to your Doctor to determine if a prescription medication is a suitable option for you.
More Information: Compare Herpes Medications
There are many simple ingredients found around the home which can provide great relief during a herpes outbreak, such as epsom salts, Aloe vera and tea bags. You will find a list of some of these innovative ideas in the Herpes Home Remedies section.
Let go of the emotional baggage
This is one of the most important and overlooked areas of treating herpes.
Part of the recovery means letting go of any negativity that feeds this condition, loving yourself truly and whole heartedly and moving positively towards the future. For practical advice on how you can do this please read through the Positive Thinking section.
You may also like to Join our Herpes Support Forum and talk to other people who are going through similar situations (or who have been there before). Let it all out! We are here to listen and offer support.