Some people with genital herpes report nutrition and health to have an influence on outbreaks and their occurrences, and length of healing time. It may be beneficial to practice good health overall, including emotionally, and physically. Outlined here are some ways to practice good health. As always, you should talk to your doctor about any treatments you would like to try. There are no guarantees for treating this infection, but you might be able to find something that works for you.
In a study published in the Dermatologist Surgery Journal, Vitamin E and sodium pyruvate were found to decrease the length of healing time of lesions. Vitamin E can be found in foods such as cold-water fish, cod liver oil, egg yolks, and butter, among other foods. The amino acid lysine has also been shown to suppress the spread of the virus, and recurrences. Lysine can be found in cheese, milk, fish, lamb, and beef. Unfortunately, an amino acid called arginine has been linked to the growth of the virus. Arginine can be found in peanuts, chocolate, and cashews. Therefore, a diet low in arginine, and high in lysine and vitamin A can be beneficial.
There are, of course, other vitamins that may be beneficial to you. Vitamin C can help boost your immune system, which should help your white blood cells fight the infection. Vitamin C can be found in fruits, and vegetables, most importantly oranges, broccoli, and red peppers. The mineral Zinc can also help you out. Zinc also helps build your immune system. They help build T lymphocyte cells, which help your body defend against viral infections. Zinc can be found in seafood. Some doctors recommend an ointment with zinc oxide as an ingredient, which is applied to the blisters (for men only). Vitamin A can also help build your immune system.
It is also important to remember that some vitamins can be toxic in high dosages, and it is always important to consult your doctor before trying anything.
A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine showed that the greater a woman’s stress, the more likely she will have an outbreak. The study showed that long-term stress might cause outbreaks.
Counseling can also be beneficial for your emotional health. Being diagnosed with genital herpes can cause a variety of emotions, including depression, anxiety, and anger. Some patients benefit from counseling to help reduce their negative feelings.
A good exercise routine may also help.