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Besides antivirals, there are other ways that may help preve

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Hello friends. Besides antivirals, there are other ways that may help prevent or shorten outbreaks. While there is no "cure", there are ways to help keep this pesky virus dormant. Remember, some individuals do not have to change their lifestyle at all as they may never get outbreaks or not often enough to make them change it...but for others, lifestyle/diet change may be a necessity. Hope this helps someone.

Remember, HSV is not the end of the world... Think of it as a skin condition that has a bad stigma. There are different ways to help manage it and it's all about trial and error to learn what helps you best. Since we are all different, what works for some may not work for others but I am hoping some of you may find some helpful tips here in this post and many others on this site. GOOD LUCK!!


We all know that stress is a major trigger, but unfortunately we cannot completely control that. It is easy to say not to stress, but doing it is a different story. We can try to lessen it by taking up a hobby, exercising(even if it's simple Yoga), or doing something we enjoy when we can…but it can be a hard thing to manage.


Outbreaks may occur if your immune system is compromised. For example, if you get sick, if you did not get adequate rest or sleep, if you are not eating right and getting the nutrients your body needs and so on. For some, even drinking alcohol can compromise the immune system. Keeping your immune system in tip-top shape will help fight off this virus and keep it dormant.


There are many things you can do to help that immune system of yours.
Multivitamins, probiotics, Supplements such as garlic, olive leaf extract, oil of oregano, zinc, and Echinacea are just a few that can help the immune system. Licorice root and Siberian ginseng may help the body deal with the internal effects of stress. RMA(Red Maraine Algae) has antiviral properties as well as helping the immune sytem. Just make sure that you read up on anything that you take as some should be taken in intervals and not on a permanent basis.

Adequate water, exercise, rest, and sleep are a few more ways to help your body be strong and suppress this virus.


For some, taking lysine supplements or getting more lysine in their diet can help reduce the chance of outbreaks and shorten the length of them. I personally have used Quantum Super Lysine + Immune System. It has added immune system boosting supplements.


1. HIGH L-Lysine, LOW Arginine foods

2. Avoid Arginine elevating foods(alcohol, caffeine, junk food, and so on)

3. Alkalize your diet


There are some otc products that we can use to either quicken the healing process, help soothe the area, or help shorten outbreaks. Remember, EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT but I hope that you may find something that works for. Also, please research some products to make sure that you will not have any adverse reactions. Some may interfere with certain medications or you may have an allergy. Just double check before trying something new, better safe than sorry!

-Topical Type Products-

Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) is available in ointments or creams. It can be applied directly to lesions to reduce itching and inflammation.

Coconut oil…LOVE THIS STUFF! Besides cooking, it has tons of different uses...from hair treatment to eczema and even HSV. The use of it may speed up the healing process and shorten the outbreak. I like to use extra-virgin, unrefined coconut oil.

Cornstarch baby powder or a similar product can help keep blisters or sores clean and dry and may help soothe. Ladies, do not use talcum powder in the genital region.

Epsom salts can be used in a warm bath for those with genital herpes and can help soothe and control itching and inflammation. If you do not have access to a bath, you may want to try a sitz bath that can be placed on the toilet.

Dermoplast(blue can)- Pain relieving spray

Some have used Lanacane Cream for pain and itching with success, others complained of pain when using it. Everyone is different.

Super Lysine Plus Cold Sore Ointment or Abreva can help cold sores…. Although, I have used the super lysine on the genital area with success. I get mine from Amazon.

Tea Tree oil, Oil of Oregano, and Melissa Oil can be mixed with Vitamin E, Coconut oil, grapeseed oil or another type of carrier oil to create a mixture to apply topically.


More tips to come!! :)

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Oct 27

@Rachel86 just make sure you wash your hands anytime you touch the itchy area and its so hard to pin point where your going to get one but they do form a pattern and tend to come back in the original places but warm baths with Epsom salt helps and lidocaine gel for numbing instant relief

a_survivor's picture
Apr 27

this post is from 2015. many members from this thread have long since gone on to live their normal lives.

to address your question, your itchy feeling may be from something else.... much like seeing a movie about bugz and creepy critters that give you that itchy feeling, it may be self induced. check back in a few...

BrandnouX's picture
Nov 10

This may not work for you but when I have an outbreak I like to suffocate it by putting very little triple antibiotic ointment on it and bandaging it. I wash in the shower n reapply after I dry well. I feel it also stops it from spreading to other areas of you touch it by accident.


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