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Herpes, once contracted, is like getting mold in your house. It is your unwelcome guest for life.

How you got it, why you got it, becomes moot once you have it.

The herpes virus travels from the infection site(s) to your spine, where it takes up residence and becomes dormant. Periodically it rouses its ugly head and returns to the original infection site(s) to make your life miserable again.

Cleanliness is of paramount importance if you have herpes. Washing your hands is important after you toilet, yes, but it is even more important that you DO NOT touch any other area of exposed skin, especially mucous membranes such as the eys, nose or mouth, or open wounds, between the moment you touch your infectious areas and the moment you wash your hands.

This is because, when active, the virus can be easily spread to any other part of your body.

And here's the saddest part. You are always active.

Research has found that, even if you don't have open sores, you can still transmit the virus through blood, saliva, and mucous.

Thankfully, there are ways to minimize outbreaks. Supplementation with L-Lysine, an amino acid, in a higher ratio than L-Arginine, will help suppress outbreaks.

But you need to accept the fact that you are always active, and take steps to diminish spreading the virus from the initial infection site(s) to other, more visible, areas of your body.

This means, if you have the itchies there, you MUST take a clean up break. You should carry cleansing wipes with you at all times (yes, even men) and go to the rest room and wash your itchy parts well. You may try either grapeseed oil or cornstarch to manage your itchies.

If you must scratch, ok, but remove yourself to the rest room immediately without touching ANYTHING that could spread the virus until you can wash with soap and water. If you can carry hand sanitizers in your pocket(s), do so.

Unfortunately, research suggests that supplementation with L-Lysine should not exceed six months. Once you have your outbreaks under some control, keep a generous bottle of L-Lysine at hand.

A bottle at home and another at work means you won't have to cart any around with you. (A few tabs in a ziploc bag are a good idea, though, and no, you don't need to label the bag.)

FYI, the limit is 1,500 mg per day during an outbreak. If you feel an outbreak commencing, go ahead and start popping those at every meal. Dose yourself for at least 3-5 days, as many as 7-10 days, the time an outbreak is likely to be active.

If the outbreak continues, and your dosing does not arrest its progress, then hit urgent care for a prescription. Take the prescription only long enough, 3-5 days, to arrest the progress of the outbreak.

Then, sit on those pills. The next time an outbreak commences, pop a prescription pill FIRST, just one, then commence supplementing with L-Lysine.

Those are plan A and plan B. Plan C is diet. Between outbreaks, between prescription meds and L-Lysine pills, it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with those foods both that suppress the virus and encourage it to return.

It's very simple. L-Lysine suppresses the virus. L-Arginine encourages its growth. The government, for once, did the world a favor first by testing numerous foods for their lysine-to-arginine ratio, and secondly by publishing that list.

That list is here, on this website, and organized in various fashions to make it as easy as possible for you to manage your Lysine-Versus-Arginine (LVA) Diet.

Go to my LVA Diet page to begin.

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