Herpes Pain Relief / Herpes Outbreak Triggers
Health Conditions Mistaken for Herpes
The Ask A Healer Herpes Information Section
Ask A Healer HSV-1 and HSV-2 Articles
Afraid you have herpes?
Links to Herpes Pictures
Herpes triggers, pain relief tips, diagnosis and testing info. Some of this content is courtesy of Dynamiclear.
Strengthening the Immune System - Diet and life-style changes designed to support strong immune response
can be beneficial in managing herpes. In fact, it's a very good idea
to strengthen your immune system, to help your body combat hsv.
Good rest, exercise and a diet rich in antioxidant-yielding fresh fruit and vegetable juices will help
strengthen your immune system.
With any disease or health condition an
approach to improving diet and nutrition should be taken. An appropriate diet
high in lysine and low in arginine, with vitamin supplements, may be beneficial
for those suffering from viral diseases, in particular the herpes
There is scientific research to
support a theory that arginine, an amino acid, can aggravate herpes and
bring on an outbreak. Foods containing arginine include nuts, chocolate and
caffeine. If herpes outbreaks are a problem for you, see whether cutting back on
these foods or eliminating them from your diet helps relieve your
symptoms. It has been found that the amino
acid, Lysine, retards virus growth, so you should include in your diet
foods high in Lysine and decrease the foods high in L-Arginine (an amino
acid that supports the herpes virus). High quality Lysine supplements
Pain relievers for herpes simplex sufferers
outbreaks, for some people, can be quite painful and discomforting. Below are
some simple self-help remedies:
* Salt Baths: Used to wash the genital area salt
baths can clean, soothe and dry the sores. Use 1 teaspoon of salt in 600ml of
water or a handful in a shallow bath.
include simple analgesics
such as aspirin and paracetamol
* Ice can be soothing if applied
directly to the sores
* Wear loose
underclothes: By wearing loose underclothes that are preferably cotton
(not nylon) during an outbreak, you can help minimize discomfort and allow
* Water Relief: For anyone
experiencing extreme pain when urinating, the process can be less painful when
done in a cool bath and it is important to remember to drink plenty of fluids as
this dilutes the urine.
* Bach Flower Remedies:
May be prescribed to ease the emotional stress of herpes, particularly Rescue
What triggers a herpes outbreak?
Sunlight is known to trigger cold sore outbreaks.
Stress is another big herpes outbreak trigger. Managing stress is a must for anyone who has contracted herpes.
Genital herpes is generally considered to be sexually transmitted but recurring infections can be triggered by stress or high-arginine foods.
Is genital herpes common?
Yes. An estimated 40 million people have genital herpes which makes it a chronic viral infection. About 500,000 new people get symptomatic herpes each year and there are even more people without symptoms.
It has been estimated that about 20% of the population have genital herpes and 90% have oral herpes (cold sores). The Herpes Combat Kit must be applied when the outbreak is most
active (which is commonly when the blisters or sores have opened up and are
How is Herpes Spread?
Common Herpes Symptoms
Herpes Diagnosis and Testing
are several tests that are used to diagnose herpes, some are more accurate then
others. Lots of people need to be tested more than once.
symptoms are present and the sores are not healed one should request a specific
virus culture or assay for the herpes virus. A Viral culture looks for the
presence of the virus in the lesion. This method is very specific and does not
frequently give a positive result when something else is the culprit.
viral culture often misses herpes even when it is present. Often a patient
who has received a negative culture result will be asked to come back again when
a new genital lesion appears so the culture can be tried a second or third time.
Blood tests are generally used in cases where no visible symptoms are
present. A blood test works by detecting the presence of herpes
antibodies. There is a possibility that the virus will not show up in a
blood test, and a positive result is not always indicative that a person has
Firstly, after the first exposure to herpes, a person
may take several weeks to develop the antibodies that the test looks for.
Usually, it takes two weeks to three months after exposure to herpes for
antibodies to appear in the blood. Some blood tests detect antibodies sooner
than others. However, once antibodies are found they remain in the body for
Secondly, blood tests cannot tell the difference between the two types of herpes, HSV-1 and HSV-2. For this reason, anyone seeking an accurate diagnosis of genital herpes must be sure to get a "type-specific" serologic test, which can accurately distinguish HSV-2 from HSV-1 antibodies. Most commercially available kit assays currently cannot make this distinction despite their claims.
Please seek immediate professional help if genital herpes is suspected. Some of the available diagnostic procedures become less reliable the longer you wait.
If you are concerned that a diagnosis for herpes is incorrect you should consult your health care provider for their professional opinion, and request another test to be taken if you feel you require further confirmation.
Genital herpes should be diagnosed professionally. If the condition is confirmed to be herpes The Herpes Combat Kit should be applied to the soonest active outbreak. The Herpes Combat Kit must be applied when the outbreak is most active (which is commonly when the blisters or sores have opened up and are weeping fluid).
Identifying Your HSV Type
Not everyone knows whether they have HSV1 or HSV2 and in certain situations that information could be relevant. In a situation where both partners have HSV-2 precautions should still be made to prevent the spread of the disease to other 'uninfected' areas. If one partner has genital HSV1 and the other has HSV2, each might get infected with a second type.
Diagnosing genital HSV1 is difficult because the infection seldom recurs. Since many people have HSV1 orally, a finding of HSV1 by Western blot serology (blood test) would not positively identify genital infection. A Western blot confirms if you have HSV2. If you are seronegative (negative by blood test) for type 2, but positive for type 1, that gives you a strong clue as to the cause of your outbreaks (seropositive for type 1 but not type 2, with infrequent recurring genital herpes is probably genital HSV1). The Herpes Combat Kit is effective on both HSV1 and HSV2 infections.
Health Conditions Often Confused with Herpes - Listed below are conditions
that are sometimes mistaken for herpes:
Canker sores (aphthous
ulcers): Usually occur inside the mouth, are gray with a distinct edge and usually
heal within 10 to 14 days without treatment
Bacterial or yeast infections: Sometimes confused with
genital herpes, but do not usually produce blisteringImpetigo: A highly infectious bacterial disease, more common among children often
producing crusty blisters
Syphilis: A bacterial infection, causes chancres sometimes
mistaken for blisters caused by genital herpes. Unlike genital herpes, Syphilis
does not usually produce a cluster of blisters, and it usually responds well to
(molluscum): Like herpes, molluscum is a viral infection of the skin. Unlike
herpes, molluscum produces lesions that are raised, with a central
dimple. Natural remedies for molluscum contagious
you suspect that you have a health problem please consult your doctor or other
health care provider immediately. Genital herpes, and other conditions, should
be diagnosed professionally.
How can herpes be prevented?
These steps can help to reduce the risk of infection and
Partner. It is important to understand what herpes is and how it can be
prevented. You and your partner will need to discuss which precautions are best
and the social and emotional impacts of herpes.
Avoid sex during outbreaks as herpes is most contagious during this
time. Many couples have had sexual relations for years without transmitting
herpes. Some simply avoid having sexual contact when signs or symptoms are
present, while others use condoms or other protection between outbreaks to help
protect against asymptomatic shedding. The Herpes Combat Kit can be used to
dry up and heal the outbreak, quickly and effectively, and to reduce any further
Limit the number of sexual partners
having sex with a non-infected partner who has sex only with you (mutual
Latex Condoms between outbreaks. Condoms offer useful protection against herpes
protecting or covering the mucous membranes, the most likely sites of infection.
Pictures of Herpes Outbreaks
I've moved the pictures of herpes outbreaks to a different page, so that a concious click is needed to view them. These are graphic pictures. By clicking here, you are acknowledging that you know the pictures you are about to see
are of intimate areas of the body, as they appear during a typical herpes outbreak. You are also acknowledging you are of a legal age to see such pictures.
Click here to view the images