Are there any effective herpes treatment methods?
There are some very effective ways of managing and treating Herpes, although no cure has been found. Being treated with anti-viral drugs can enable people to stay symptom-free for longer periods of time. They also help to lower the severity and the duration of the symptoms whenever they do appear. Again, drug therapy is no cure, but helps to make it manageable.
You will find 3 major drugs being commonly used in treating genital herpes symptoms. They are Valtrex (valacyclovir), Famvir (famciclovir), and Zovirax (acyclovir). They all come in pill form. There are severe cases that are sometimes treated using an intravenous drug (acyclovir) through an IV. Topical formulas for the skin provide very little benefits, and are rarely recommended by doctors.
When doctors first diagnoses you with genital herpes with symptoms like sores, they usually will give you a short course of antiviral therapy for relief from the symptoms. After that they will work out the best antiviral treatment for your specific situation. You will have the option of either ‘Intermittent treatment’ or ‘Suppressive treatment’.
The intermittent treatment is an effective way of treating herpes. The doctor will prescribe a specific antiviral drug that you will keep close-by in the event of a flare-up. That is Intermittent therapy in a nutshell. Once a flare-up occurs, you can begin taking the pills for anywhere from 2 to 5 days, after noticing sores or simply feeling an outbreak coming on. The Sores usually will heal up and disappear by themselves, but the drugs can speed up the process. They are an effective way of dealing with herpes.
Suppressive treatments are for those who experience outbreaks quite often. That calls for more intensive action, like taking the antiviral drug daily. This is known as ‘Suppressive therapy’. Anyone who suffers over 6 outbreaks per year, can take suppressive therapy and lower that number by as much as 70% to 80%. Some people who are involved in taking antiviral drugs, experience no outbreaks whatsoever.
Effective Alternative Treatments
There are certain dietary adjustments, supplements, and remedies that have proven to be effective and beneficial in treating herpes. They can be used either as stand-alone treatments, or in conjunction with the prescribed antiviral therapies.
Lysine supplementation shows the greatest effect for combating HSV-1, however, it might not be active in regard to all virus variants. It is most effective whenever corn-based products containing high Arginine amounts are avoided during an outbreak. These would be things like popcorn.
Aloe vera is effective for increasing the healing speed for affected areas of the skin. Lemon balm possesses antiviral activity that works against HSV-2 within the cell structure, and can lower the HSV symptoms for herpes infected people.
Some other effective treatment compounds are Resveratol, Garlic, the Prunella Vulgaris plant, Lactoferrin (found in whey protein), and dietary supplements containing vitamin A, C, E, and zinc.
Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) which has been found to inactivate the herpes virus in cell structure and in animal studies, has not yet been clinically tested or approved for human treatment. It does, however, show good promise for the future.