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Still new to this. Would like to know the treatments/remedies people use that are affected with HSV1 orally and genitally. When you feel an outbreak about to happen what do you do (precautions and treatments) Anything is much appreciated. 

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I find propolis the best thing, then st john's wort and after that olive leaf and garlic in that order of effectiveness. You can buy propolis in 1000mg or 2000mg soft capsules. I take 2x 2000mg a day when I feel an outbreak start and it stops it or reduces it to a day or two. 

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Just thinking about it makes me want to sigh.

I put on this Super Lysine Plus Cold Sore Ointment by Quantum prophylactically before I goto bed and if I feel something during the day as well.  It has been a miracle worker in deflating and quelling lesions.   Then there's St. John's Wort, which I cycle with and reserve for stressful times.  I think of SJW as healing literally stressed nerves.  And when there's just so much going on, it seems to be my silver bullet of solace.  Prodrome and other sensations/discomforts --> depressed and saddening feeling --> SJW => sensations and discomforts disappear + I'm uplifted and can productively carry on throughout my day.   SJW also has a slew of other amazing benefits that is also very helpful in living with herpes.  I was a bit more depressed about having HSV until learning a lot about SJW.  Sure, it doesn't thrill me to be reliant on a supplement, but SJW's benefits are outstanding compared to taking Rx antivirals daily, for the rest of one's life.   I'll make an updated post about SJW and it's benefits of importance for HSV folks.

Quantum makes a product called Super Lysine Plus, which are pills/formula containing Lysine, Garlic, Echinacea, Propolis, Zinc, Vit C...   Bottle says to take 3 daily, I just take 1 daily.  I think it's nice as the garlic enhances the delivery of the other compounds to the nooks and crannies of the body.  Garlic also helps with the immune system..  It helps move things more smoothly, it can thin the blood a little, which is good but is something to be aware of if you're physically involved in your day to day.

I also have a face cream-sunscreen if I'm going to be out in the sun for a bit.  The cream is one of those snazzy, no preservative brands that uses Zinc Oxide as the sun protectorant.  Zinc is very good anti-HSV as itself.

I have some other formulas that I use when needed, especially with recent happenings.   But between Super Lysine Plus pills and ointment and St. John's Wort, I don't think there's anything else you'd need.

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Propolis is good, but in a cream form is better.  Try Herstat, it's an over the counter cream which helps reduce the healing time.  I'd imagine that if you take it orally it will be destoyed by the stomach enzymes.

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Vitamin D3 emulsion drops (ingested) have been the single most effective non-prescription supplement. Of course I need to take it with a bunch of other supplements, but without vitamin D I might as well not be taking them.

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On 10/26/2015, 11:53:23, oneday said:

I find propolis the best thing, then st john's wort and after that olive leaf and garlic in that order of effectiveness. You can buy propolis in 1000mg or 2000mg soft capsules. I take 2x 2000mg a day when I feel an outbreak start and it stops it or reduces it to a day or two. 

I had never heard of propolis until your post. Read about it being used by bees to seal their hives or honeycombs or something. NIH says it's "possibly effective" for treating cold sores, genital herpes,  http://is.gd/ZAvPnO.

Why do you find it the best thing?

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I've been using Prosurx. It helps with itching and burning...gives immediate relief...it contains nano antimicrobial and herbs...


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