When I was first diagnosed with herpes, I feverishly researched everything I could about managing herpes and herpes treatment. I was shocked at how much misinformation and myths were out there. It seemed like everywhere I turned there were false promises of a herpes cure. I was confused, overwhelmed and felt quite vulnerable.
In the beginning, I fell for scams in hopes of eradicating herpes from my body. Over the years, I spent tiring hours attempting to find the magic bullet, only to find my pocketbook dwindling and my hopes diminishing.
I spent thousands of dollars with acupuncturists, Ayurvedic practitioners, Qi Gong masters, pills, salves, psychics, Reiki masters, tonics and website scams hoping to cure the incurable.
Let me speak clearly- There is NO cure for herpes.
AND….some “cures” found online can actually harm you!
The Good News About The Bad News: Herpes Treatment
While there is no cure, women from around the world are managing their herpes symptoms using a combination of natural remedies and/or pharmaceuticals.
The herpes virus can be treated either topically or internally. Most pharmaceuticals (Valtrex, Acyclovir etc.) and natural remedies work by decreasing the replication of the virus. The less power the virus has to replicate, the weaker its power to create an active infection.
Suppressive Vs. Episodic Herpes Treatment
Some women use suppressive or daily therapy while others use episodic.
When the virus is not active at the surface of the skin and symptoms are not present, the virus considered to be dormant in the body.
During these dormant phases, some women choose to use a natural or pharmaceutical antiviral as a preventative measure for decreasing transmission and decreasing potential reoccurrences. This is considered daily or suppressive treatment.
This differs from episodic treatment in which a person only uses antivirals when symptoms are present.
The potential downside of using pharmaceutical antivirals on a daily basis is that some people have side effects when using the drugs, some people develop a resistance to the drugs and finally, the drugs can be hard on the liver and kidneys over time.
No matter which herpes treatment you choose, life with herpes can be managed.
Every healthcare provider would agree that the best defense against the herpes virus is a strong immune system.
Adequate sleep, a proper diet, regular exercise, stress management, avoiding known herpes triggers and supplements specific to the herpes virus are some of the key tools to support a strong immune system.
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