Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Itis usually caused by the infection with Herpes simplex virus and can betransmitted to other people by the sexual or intimate contacts with the infectedpeople.
The infection can affect all sexually active people, andboth men and women have the same risk of developing the condition. First stagesof viral infections are not easy to recognize and only laboratory testing canshow the infection. Genital herpes can also be asymptomatic (without anyapparent symptoms). However, these patients do have herpes infection and transmitit to other people.
Symptoms of herpes infection can include fever, headaches, mouthand genital blisters, itching and pain in the groins and swelling of the groinlymph nodes.
There are no cures for herpes infections yet. Medications andtreatments used to in herpes therapy can only control and ease some of thesymptoms and prevent the recurrence. Doctors can recommend painkillers andlocal anesthetics to ease itching and the pain, and also some of the antiviralmedications. Some alternative methods are claimed to be helpful in treating of thegenital herpes. They can include supplements, such as L-lysine, Echinacea, Aloevera or eleuthero.
L-lysine is an essential amino acid. It can’t be synthesizedin the body and we have to provide it by the food for normal functioning of ourbody. This amino acid is important for carnitine production in the body, whichmaintains healthy cholesterol levels and help converting fatty acids into theenergy that can be used by the body. Our body needs L-lysine to absorb properamount of calcium and produce collagen. Without collagen, we won’t have healthybones. Our skin and tendons, as well as our connective tissue also needcollagen.
L-lysine deficiency can cause many health problems,including nausea, tiredness and red eyes. Sometimes, lack of this amino acid canbe the reason behind anemia, appetite loss or even reproductive problems andslow growth.
When used in patients suffering from genital herpes,L-lysine can affect the growth of herpes virus. It stops the replication ofherpes virus and prevents virus outbreaks.
The recommended daily doses of L-lysine in herpes treatmentstart with 1250mg and more. The dosage is different for every person and shouldbe prescribed by your doctor. The doctor will decide the dose suitable for you,in order to avoid side effects, such as protein synthesis disorders or gallstones.
Some specialists also recommend using lysine rich food ifyou suffer from herpes. Eat more cheese, yogurt and milk, use plenty of fruits andvegetables and try to incorporate more fish, chicken and eggs into your diet. Alongwith increased level of lysine, try to avoid food with another amino acid –arginine. Arginine has the opposite effect and can promote viral replication. Therefore,avoid food which is known to contain high doses of arginine, such as wheat(whole and white), oats, nuts, chocolate and gelatin.
L-lysine is proven to give best results pairedwith zinc and vitamin C supplements.