It’s probably no longer a little-known fact that herpes is the most common STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease) out there. It’s caused by a virus named the herpes simplex virus, and hence the condition is also commonly known as HSV (herpes simplex virus).
Herpes has two main types – HSV 1 and HSV 2. The first one is usually known as oral herpes, and affects the area around the mouth. The second one, however, affects the genital area, and is hence known as genital herpes.
While both the types of herpes are quite common, apparently genital herpes is much more common and plagues a really huge number of people across the globe. For those who aren’t much aware of the treatments that have been proven to work effectively at getting rid of the outbreaks, find it very hard to manage their condition.
Is There Really a HSV 2 cure?
That being said, rumors have been ripe about there being a HSV 2 cure, developed by Dr. ken Languin. Many web properties have mentioned that Dr. ken Languin has been doing a lot of research on herpes and a possible cure for it from a really long time now. And a large number of websites have recently started mentioning that they might have come up with a cure that may help get rid of the outbreaks for good, perhaps even the condition itself.
That being said, while we can’t share everything about what the possible HSV 2 cure might be about, we will be taking a look at some of the treatments that we think are related to it.
Treatments for Genital Herpes
Now, while there are actually quite a few treatments for genital herpes, we will be taking a look at some of the most popular and some of the most effective ones. The reason we mentioned this is that in our opinion, not all popular treatments are as effective as they probably should be. Not to mention, some of them are quite expensive, and only bring about temporary changes, which is obviously not ideal for a condition that can keep haunting you for even decades if not dealt with effectively.
So with that said, let’s go through the first treatment, which is probably the most popular one out there too.
If you couldn’t already tell, we were hinting to this particular treatment above. However, we won’t try to be biased here and simply try mentioning the facts, and leave the decision to you whether using herpes medications is something you would want to do.
As far as most doctors’ opinions go, taking herpes medications is one of the most effective treatments for people suffering from genital herpes, as well as HSV-1 or oral herpes for that matter. They are believed to help reduce both the severity and duration of the outbreaks.
It can be really relieving, of course, especially during the initial stage of the condition when the outbreaks tend to be quite severe and may last for two to three weeks.
However, the doctors also don’t hesitate to mention that these drugs aren’t a cure to herpes, but simply a solution to control the outbreaks and make the condition more manageable. But again, as we mentioned above, it seems to be just a temporary solution, as once you stop taking these drugs, you may again start experiencing severe outbreaks and even the duration they last for may start getting longer.
Similarly, another huge downside of these drugs that we have already touched upon is that they are quite expensive. This, coupled with the fact that you need to take them very regularly in order to control your outbreaks, means that this treatment may cost you quite a lot over time.
Some of the popular herpes drugs used to treat HSV-2 include valacyclovir (Valtrex), acyclovir (Zovirax) and famciclovir (Famvir). These drugs are available in pill form.
Now, the treatment process using these medications that your doctor may suggest you to follow is usually as follows.
Initial treatment: This usually lasts for around 10 days. Once you start experiencing the genital herpes symptoms such as sores and blisters, the doctor may ask you to take the aforementioned antiviral medications. It may help provide relief from the symptoms, which can be very severe during the initial period, and also prevent them from getting more severe.
Now, while this stage may usually not last longer than 10 days, if your symptoms don’t improve, your doctor may ask you to stick to it for a few more days or perhaps even a few weeks.
Intermittent treatment: This stage usually doesn’t involve very active use of medications. However, your doctor may prescribe you a particular drug just in case you see signs of an outbreak coming.
In such a case, you may be prescribed to take the drug twice daily for two to five days. It may help prevent the flare ups, and/or make the outbreak less severe and even make it heal faster.
Suppressive treatment: Well, this is exactly the treatment stage we were referring to above. It involves daily use of antiviral drugs.
If you’re suffering from frequent outbreaks, your doctor may ask you to take an antiviral drug daily. If you don’t, you may start experiencing severe outbreaks again. Doctors usually refer to this treatment as the suppressive therapy.
When it comes to people having more than six outbreaks a year, the suppressive therapy may help reduce them by as much as around 70-80 percent, or is at least believed to.
Finally, it’s important to note that it isn’t necessary that only people having frequent outbreaks may be prescribed the suppressive therapy. It depends on several factors, including the severity of your outbreaks.
There seem to be many different home remedies out there that have been proven to be quite effective at controlling outbreaks while dealing with genital herpes. The beauty of these home remedies is that some of them hardly require much effort, yet may bring about surprisingly positive changes.
So without further ado, let’s take a look at a few of them that are commonly used to get relief from outbreaks and symptoms and also to control them.
A warm bath: As simple as it may sound, a warm bath is believed to be a simple solution to many types of body ailments. It may not help you much as far as controlling outbreaks is concerned, but it can definitely bring you precious comfort and relief while dealing with the symptoms.
However, something important to note here is that if you’re using a tub or shower, you would want to clean them properly after using. It’s because there may be shedding of the virus while taking a bath, and it may end up infecting others not infected with herpes who use the same tub or shower.
Finally, you may also want to clean the area after having a bath, as moisture in the area may make it easier for the virus to cause outbreaks.
Baking soda and cornstarch: As noted above, keeping the infected area as dry as possible may make it difficult for the virus to cause outbreaks, or at least make them shorter in duration.
This is where baking soda and cornstarch come in. Both are very commonly used for various things, are quite inexpensive, and serve great when it comes to drying the infected area.
You can simply apply them on the open sores. However, you would ideally want to use a cotton ball, as it is soft and you do not want to irritate the infected area. Similarly, you shouldn’t be double dipping the cotton ball into the powder, as it may lead to contaminating it.
Tea bags: This is one effective home remedy for preventing flare ups. You can simply put a wet, cold tea bag on your sores, and leave it there for a while. When you’re done, you need to throw it away and clean the area properly to make sure it doesn’t leave any moisture there.
This remedy may turn out to be especially helpful if you are experiencing frequent flare ups.
Aloe vera: Well, this particular plant has been used for its healing and other medical properties from thousands of years. To your surprise, it may work pretty effectively for speeding up healing of your sores, too.
You can either use aloe vera directly from a plant or a commercial gel, and apply on the open sores. It comes with a cooling effect that will make you feel relieved. More importantly, however, it will make the sores go away sooner than they otherwise would.
Finally, however, as with pretty much every remedy that leads to making the infected area wet, including this one, you need to clean it thoroughly in order to keep the outbreaks under check.
These are just some of the home remedies you can try. There are many others, with some being way more effective than these, and capable of getting rid of the outbreaks for good. The HSV cure that we are talking about involves following certain similar, but very little-known and tremendously effective treatments.
Those treatments, which are probably a result of years of research, may be capable of getting rid of the outbreaks. Many of them are linked to Dr. ken Languin.
Well, as with pretty much everything related to your health, your lifestyle can play a major role when it comes to dealing with herpes as well. If you have a poor, unhealthy lifestyle, you’re sure to find it very challenging to keep the outbreaks under check.
On the other hand, making certain positive changes to your lifestyle and trying to live a little healthier may go a long way in controlling the outbreaks and increasing resistance to the herpes virus. In fact, it may even help improve the effectiveness of the treatments you may be following to treat genital herpes.
So without further ado, let’s talk about a few lifestyle changes that are considered a must to make if you’re experiencing frequent outbreaks, or simply want to get rid of genital herpes for good.
Alcohol and Smoking: The first one is quitting smoking and drinking completely. These habits come with a long list of health issues, and make it more difficult for you to manage your condition.
First, they tend to take a toll on your immune system over time, making it easier for the virus to reproduce and cause outbreaks. Similarly, a weakened immune system may also result in a lowered effectiveness of the treatments you may be following to fight the herpes virus.
Secondly, these habits may even lead to frequent flare ups, especially if you’re doing them in excess. Finally, they may even lead to other health issues, which is probably the last thing you would want while dealing with herpes. Managing herpes while dealing with other serious conditions may well turn out to be a nightmare to say the least.
Stress: The other important lifestyle factor that needs your attention is stress. You would probably be surprised to know that stress can be a major factor for outbreaks. There are many out there suffering from herpes who end up having an outbreak when they get too stress about something.
Needless to mention, stress also leads to a poor mental and physical health, and a weakened immune system over time, all of which need to be avoided in order to deal effectively with herpes.
In fact, there have also been some studies that suggest that a higher level of stress in your life may lead to frequent outbreaks. Similarly, long-term stress can be one of the biggest factors for recurrent outbreaks.
There has also been a published research that provides evidence that the herpes virus tends to reactivate when you’re dealing with too much stress. Surprisingly, the study also revealed that when someone suffering from herpes is not under any kind of stress, it gets considerably difficult for the virus to reactivate, given they are taking certain treatment measures to restrict it.
Just like stress, negative moods, too, can trigger an outbreak. This is probably one of the major reasons why many who fall prey to herpes find it difficult to control the outbreaks.
They perhaps simply start thinking negatively about themselves and their condition, which leads to triggering an outbreak, which again makes them tense and worried, and the cycle keeps running.
Some of the easy ways that can help you avoid getting too stressed include, but aren’t limited to the following.
- Getting sound sleep: While many suggest getting a lot of sleep, it probably won’t help much if it’s not relaxing enough. And it can only be relaxing if you relax your mind before going to sleep, without thinking about anything stressful.
- Having a balanced diet: While we will be getting to the importance of a healthy diet while dealing with herpes, for now let us simply say that a poor diet may lead to increased stress, too, which is of course just one more reason why you should be avoiding a poor diet.
- Exercise: While rigorous, very demanding exercise isn’t recommended for those suffering from herpes, it would actually be a pretty good idea to do some mild exercise regularly. It helps relieve stress and if you do it regularly, it may help you avoid long-term stress, which can help you quite a bit while dealing with herpes or even otherwise.
- Meditation and yoga: While it may seem like these activities may not make much of a difference, you would probably be surprised at how effectively you can control stress if you meditate and do yoga regularly.
Avoiding Coffee: Although this factor may not turn out to be as important as the other two mentioned above, it may still make a difference, especially if you’re a coffee addict. Coffee contains caffeine, which, too, is something that may lead to flare ups and trigger outbreaks.
You want simply want to replace coffee with milk, as the latter is actually beneficial to have while dealing with herpes.
Avoid Sunburn: Again, it isn’t one of the biggest triggers for outbreaks in most cases, but in some cases, it may be an important factor. Frequent sunburn tends to cause flare ups as well, and if it continues for a long time, it may lead to frequent outbreaks, too.
Hence, if you’re finding it difficult to control outbreaks and tend to be out a lot when it’s too hot out there, you may want to avoid sunburn as much as possible.
Diet – One of the Most Important Factors
We think one of the biggest components of the HSV 2 cure, that some believe is based on the research of ken Languin, is the diet factor. Shifting to a healthy, ideal-for-herpes diet is a must if you want to try to get rid of the outbreaks for good.
However, it’s not the same as simply including a few healthy foods in your diet and skipping a few unhealthy ones. There are certain other things to be considered as well, and we will be going through a few of them below.
Foods to be avoided
Firstly, we will be talking about the foods that are very important to avoid while dealing with herpes. These foods have not only been proven to cause outbreaks, but may also encourage the growth of the virus, which obviously means a lot more trouble for you.
Processed foods, acidic foods and foods with artificial flavors or ingredients, as well as everything in between, needs to be avoided. There are many reasons for it, but we would simply like to mention that they all eventually lead to frequent, and sometimes, more severe outbreaks.
Similarly, foods that are rich in arginine, an amino acid, are a big no as well. In fact, arginine is exactly what the herpes virus needs to reproduce, and hence it goes without saying that it’s an absolute must to decrease the intake of this amino acid as soon as possible.
This means that you need to avoid the following:
- Seeds and nuts
- Nuts (including peanuts)
- Gelatin (found in many processed foods and supplements)
- Wheat products
Similarly, as mentioned above, it’s important to avoid foods that cause acidity as well. So you also need to avoid:
- Red meat
- All junk foods
- Food additives
- Processed foods as well as products made using wheat flour
- Foods containing artificial sweeteners or other artificial ingredients
Foods to be included
Just as some foods tend to trigger an outbreak and encourage the growth of the herpes virus, some others turn out to be extremely helpful at fighting it. There are some foods that not only help control outbreaks, but also offer various other benefits such as strengthening your immune system, restricting the growth of the virus, as well as making it very challenging for it to cause outbreaks.
Usually, foods high in lysine are considered the best ones for including in your diet while dealing with herpes. Lysine, too, is an amino acid, but unlike arginine that helps the virus reproduce and cause outbreaks, it has been proven to restrict its growth as well as decrease the frequency, severity as well as duration of the outbreaks.
Some of the best lysine-rich foods to include in your diet are being mentioned below.
- Natural, home-made yogurt without gelatin or any other artificial ingredients
- Other dairy products, especially including milk
- Many fruits such as apples, mangos, apricots, pears and more
- Vegetables such as brussel sprouts, broccoli and beans, too, are rich in lysine
Finally, if you’re being plagued by stress all the time, including a few foods in your diet that help relieve stress may be a good idea. Those foods include:
- Brown rice
- Berries, whole grains, lemon and more are both stress-relieving as well as antioxidant-rich foods, and hence can be very beneficial while dealing with herpes