There are eight different strains of this virus, the most widely diagnosed is Herpes Simplex (HSV1) causing genital and oral sold sores and the other is Herpes Zoster (HSV2) which is the cause of shingles. It affects men and women and can be passed on to newborn babies. Herpes treatment can be done homeopathically or by taking conventional medication to keep outbreaks at a minimum. There is no cure for the disease.
The word herpes comes from the Greek word herpein which mean creep. Creep is what this virus does as it enters one’s body and stays dormant while it is multiplying. It is difficult to control and the severity of the disease varies from person to person. It resides in the nerves where it flares up occasionally. The stages are primary, latent and shedding.
Outbreaks, or symptoms, can occur when the body is under stress. When the virus is first contracted symptoms are absent and this is the incubation period. In about 2 or more weeks red bumps will appear on the skin and they will turn into fluid filled blisters that are painful and can burn or itch. These blisters can then break and cause sores to form.
Oral herpes can cause pain, burning and tingling around the mouth, tongue or on the lips. A fever can accompany these symptoms and eating can be difficult. The first episode of genital herpes is usually the worst, it can cause pain, swelling and itching in the genital area.
Having a blood panel or a blood test can tell if you have one or both types of the disease. There are no vaccinations to prevent contracting the virus and there is no cure for it. There are antiviral medications on the market to treat symptoms and minimize outbreaks. Holistic therapies offer immune system support and balance out the energy levels in the body to prevent recurrences.
Alternative treatments are often very helpful. Self-hypnosis can assist in easing the pain. Acupuncture eases and targets neuralgic pain. Ayurveda medicine, one of the oldest known medical sciences, treats the patient with roots and herbs. Holistic therapies include eliminating stress, deep breathing and guided imagery.
About 80 million people or one in 5 people in America have been diagnosed with the virus. This diagnosis can have a strong emotional effect which only makes one more prone to getting outbreaks. Participating in counseling and finding a good treatment plan is important. The more educated one is about the disease the less fear they will have and the more balance they will feel. When an outbreak occurs know how to treat it and abstain from sexual contact when symptoms are present. Wearing cotton underwear and avoiding tight clothing will also aid in keeping one comfortable.
Keeping the body in balance will help prevent outbreaks and minimize the length of them when they do occur. Take Vitamin C to strengthen one’s immune system and to aid in tissue repair. A vegetarian diet is best if you can do it, if not include lots of fruits and vegetable in your diet. Avoid spicy foods, alcohol, sugar and do not smoke. Practice being calm and eliminating fear, herpes treatment depends a lot on how you manage your symptoms and take care of yourself.