These are the things that are currently working for me, your mileage may vary, but I hope you too will have some success.
A reduced acid environment.
You will read it many times that virii love an acidic environment and based on my experience I would have to agree. Are you aware that as you get older your system becomes more acidic and your body tries to maintain a balance by releasing calcium from your bones in order to neutralize the acid – thus osteoporosis? Additionally, when you get colder your acid levels increase – hence the outbreak of cold sores in the winter. So, what can you do to reduce the acid in your system?
Tagamet HB (Generic Name: Cimetidine)
That’s right, something as simple as a $10 pack of Tagamet HB can seriously help your Herpes. However, I have found that this is NOT a long term solution. I was able to take Tagamet HB twice a day for one month before my body began to compensate. Therefore, I would only recommend Tagamet during an outbreak as it simply cannot be a lifestyle.
I believe Tagamet works two fold – it reduces the acid in your stomach and your system, plus food passes less digested into the colon. The body must increase its immunity in order to compensate for any parasites that may have made it through the stomach. On a side note, if you do take Tagamet I recommend increasing your fiber or taking a stool softner/laxative as your body will spend long attempting to digest the food in your colon.
Yep, your basic antacids do a pretty good job of reducing the acid in your system. You can do baking soda in water on occasion, but the sodium content is very high. TUMS and Rolaids work great and they give you a little extra calcium.
Stop the acid before it gets into your system. What is acid? If it taste tart or bitter, it is probably acidic. Things like coffee and vinegar (pickles, kraut, etc.) are great sources of acid so you will have to limit your intake of these items. Also, anything that is hard to digest will cause your stomach to produce more acid so easy on the red meat and large meals in general. Acids in your diet are fine, but be sure to balance them out with antacids.
Licorice & Aloe Vera
Licorice is awesome when applied topically and Aloe Vera may be having some effect. Please see What’s Working for more info.
Folks, I hate to admit it, but so far the only thing that has always worked for me are prescription strength drugs like Acyclovir, Valtrex and Famvir. I’m sorry to break it to you, but after 4 years, this is the only thing that I can count on 100% of the time to stop outbreaks. Valtrex at 1000mg/day gave me a horrible case of blurred vision and Arthritis (Arthralgia actually, but who cares, it still hurt like hell) so now I’m on Famvir which has its own issues. I hate them, I don’t want to be on them, they are expensive, and did I mention, I hate them.
Yes, stress on the mind and body will cause an outbreak. Don’t get enough sleep, bam! Have a bad day at work, bam! Get a sunburn, bam! In order to reduce stress, get plenty of sleep, relax and take a time released Multi B Vitamin.