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Genital Herpes Remedies

Last Modified on May 19, 2016

Natural Genital Herpes Cure and Treatment

Affecting both men and women and very contagious, genital herpes is a very common sexually transmitted infection that causes sores to form in the genital area. Contrary to popular belief, herpes can still contagious even without visible sores and be spread to the lips and gums of the face as well. There are two viruses that cause herpes, HSV-1 and HSV-2; HSV-2 commonly causes the genital variant, but both viruses can cause breakouts on both the mouth and genitals. The virus dies quickly outside the body, and mostly only spread through direct contact with a herpes lesion.

Genital herpes symptoms can be slight enough to go undiscovered, and a good portion of people with the infection may never know they have it. Typical symptoms are both pain and itching, and eventually small red bumps or white blisters can appear that can become oozing or bleeding ulcers. These ulcers dry up, form scabs, and heal. Sores can appear both externally on the skin and internally in the urethra of men and the cervix of women. Once infected, the virus lies dormant and may cause outbreaks several times a year or very few at all. Outbreaks can be triggered by stress, illness, and fatigue.

Natural Remedies for Genital Herpes

On this page are numerous user submitted home remedies for Genital Herpes. Some of our popular cures are apple cider vinegar, coconut oil, L-lysine, hydrogen peroxide, bach flower, and prunella vulgaris. Let us know what you try from Earth Clinic to treat genital herpes. Know of a remedy not listed here? Feel free to share your story with us.

Remedies for Genital Herpes

Genital Herpes
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The Popularity of Genital Herpes Remedies - Full List

Alphabetical Popularity Recent Post
Bach Flowers Remedies02012-06-06
Acetone Nail Polish Remover22008-10-10
Acetone Nail Polish Remover, L-Lysine12008-12-10
ACV and Zovirax12011-07-07
ACV, Flower Remedies, Diet, Tea Tree Soap12008-06-18
Aloe Vera32014-09-13
Andrographic Paniculate and Olive Leaf, ACV10000-00-00
Anti-Fungal Cream12010-09-05
Antiviral Cleanse22012-09-09
Apple Cider Vinegar162015-11-27
Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda12013-05-21
Apple Cider Vinegar, Coconut Oil22016-05-19
Apple Cider Vinegar, L-Lysine12007-11-29
Apple Cider Vinegar, Tea Tree Oil12012-05-07
Avoid Meat Injected With Msg02005-04-24
Bach Flower Remedies82007-07-25
Bbq Sauce12008-07-10
BHT, Oil Pulling02014-05-23
Bitter Melon22007-11-13
Black Tea22007-03-13
Black Walnut Hull12006-05-30
Choraphor, Zinc Gluconate12006-11-15
Coconut Oil92013-07-14
Coconut Oil and MMS12008-09-07
Coconut Oil, Oregano Oil12013-09-18
Colloidal Silver22014-11-23
Colloidal Silver, DMSO, Hydrogen Peroxide12013-04-30
Colloidal Silver, Grapefruit Seed Extract12007-02-24
Colloidal Silver, Ice02011-08-22
Coral Calcium10000-00-00
Diaper Rash Cream12009-06-30
Diet, Hydrogen Peroxide, Rubbing Alcohol, Oregano Oil12013-05-30
Dietary Changes42012-07-11
Dietary Changes, Olive Leaf, Cinnamon, ACV12010-05-25
DMSO, Hydrogen Peroxide12009-09-26
Edgar Cayce's Remedy12015-07-08
Epsom Salts Bath12008-12-05
Extra Rinse Your Underwear22009-03-18
Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide22013-08-23
Foods to Avoid02012-04-29
Four Thieves Oil12014-06-26
Garlic Oil12013-08-09
Garlic, Cayenne, ACV, Fiber, Distilled Water12007-03-15
General Feedback12015-03-25
Genital Herpes Advice12009-03-29
Genital Herpes Triggers12008-05-21
Grapefruit Seed Extract12008-07-13
Healthy Diet, L-Lysine, Lemon Balm12010-01-17
Herbal/Supplement Regime10000-00-00
Herpes and Sex Lube02008-05-29
Herpes Outbreak Prevention Tips02011-07-26
Hydrogen Peroxide102014-04-03
Hydrogen Peroxide, ACV, Colloidal Silver12009-09-19
Hypericum Mysorense12015-07-19
Iodine, Glycerin22012-06-20
Iodine, Prunella Vulgaris, Grape Seed and Neem Extracts22007-09-26
Kevin Trudeau's Protocol02014-09-29
King Coconut12008-10-29
L-Lysine, Apple Cider Vinegar, Cayenne12008-01-20
L-Lysine, Oregano Oil, Cell Food12008-04-06
L-Lysine, Red Marine Algae, H2O2, Dietary Suggestions12008-04-06
L-Lysine, Zinc, Pau De Arco Tea12009-05-29
Lemon Balm12009-01-24
Lysine, Echinacea, Vitamin C, Peroxide12007-05-02
Multiple Remedies62012-06-09
Neem Oil12009-10-09
Neem Oil, DMSO12013-12-03
Neem Seed Oil02015-10-27
Olive Leaf and Turmeric02015-02-09
Olive Leaf Extract22013-07-15
Onion Family (Onions, Garlic, Celery, Thyme)22011-12-31
Oral Pain Reliever12009-02-13
Oregano Oil62014-09-25
Oregano Oil and Coconut Oil02015-09-22
Oregano Oil, DMSO12013-10-10
Osha, Usnea and Echinacea12015-02-14
Ozone Therapy12014-12-09
Pepto Bismol12007-01-06
Permanent Cure for Genital Herpes02014-10-07
Prunella Vulgaris62012-07-27
Questions to Ask About the Herpes Virus12006-09-29
Red Marine Algae22014-06-12
Rubbing Alcohol32009-05-25
Saw Palmetto and Natural Oils12008-01-20
Sodium Chlorite12015-12-20
Stabilized Oxygen62008-06-09
Stabilized Oxygen Drops02015-03-10
Suntan Lotion12008-07-29
Support Groups02008-04-22
Taking Responsibility12013-06-06
Tanamu Oil12012-02-14
Tea Tree Oil42008-02-17
Ted's Remedies12013-06-25
Tepeschoite Powder12011-06-14
Topical Application of Vodka, Zinc12009-01-11
Urine Therapy22015-11-30
Vitamin C12009-05-17

Bach Flowers Remedies  

Posted by Layla (La, California) on 06/06/2012

I got infected with G. Herpes 8 years ago and suffered for 6 months, since then nothing nothing, thank god, everyone is different, I did douche and I got BV :(( I felt dirty, But Im taking zinc and that seems to keep that odor and discharge at bay, I never want to see anyone with any disease, a dumbass guy infected me and he knew, please ppl be careful, I did have condoms, he had it in his mouth (oral sex)... Watch out!!

Acetone Nail Polish Remover  

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Posted by Nina (Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada) on 10/10/2008
5 out of 5 stars

Just had an GH outbreak after going 9 years without one! It was a small cluster on the outside labia (not on the mucous membrane) I was devastated and didnt want to have to go through weeks of pain. I was willing to try anything, and i did! I tried the acetone remover trick and IT WORKED. I pressed a q tip to the small cluster of sores that had not broken open yet, about 10 times yesterday and kept the area VERY DRY with cornstarch all day and night. Today, they are healing over and almost gone! they didnt break open, they didnt scab over, they didnt get any bigger...they are healing and almost gone. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

EC: Read more testimonial about acetone nail polish for cold sores here:

Replied by Hope4cure
Cornfield, Ia
4 out of 5 stars

I was recently diagnosed with HSV-1 dont have cold sores but get cankersores.... Then after a stressful week I get a sore bump on my vaginal lip I tried popping it and it becomes a blood blister.... I make an appt to get std testing. On the 4th of november I get in and do a urine and blood test on the 10th if nov. I get a call saying that everything is fine and I have hsv-1... Cold sore type they never informed me that it would cause genital sores too! I was freaking out of course like I always do. The next day little blisters apeared around my red bump that I had been freaking out about. So to my horror I know I now have genital herpes :( so after reading eveything I could possibly read! I try the Apple Cider Vinegar and stings but helped alot then I decided to try the acetone nail polish remover... This I do believe is working the best but I have been alternating applications and it is crusting nicely. I hope this is my first initial outbreak of the hsv-1 and not a misdiagnosis of hsv2... Id rather have just the type 1 cuz it recurs less often...

So now by sunday I get another white itchy bump close to the area I was previously treating. I apply Apple Cider Vinegar and acetone to it several times a day... I am also taking alot of l-lysine up to 3000mg a day and lecithin 2800mg a day since I believe the post of the lecithin guy freddy.... I believe there is a cure! I am also waiting for my stabilized oxygen drops to come in the mail in a few days I will be taking these as I have read that virus' cant live in oxygen rich environment.... I also run (but was in a hiatus) and I am changing my diet to contain herpes friendly foods. I do not want this evil crap in me..... I long for a lasting relationship and this is not going to help me one bit im afraid. Sorry this is so long but the more detail is better I think... I will surely report back with my research as I am going to be a guinea pig for everyone! This sucks and I want it to end! I dont want to become rich I just want to fall in love..... Thank you for reading.

Replied by Hope4cure
Cornfield, Ia
It has been a month since my first breakout. And I am all symptom free. My regimine.... Stabilized oxygen drops in water 30 drops 3xday in 16 oz of water (u need to work ur way up to this) also take 3-4 l-lysine pills a day 1000grams... Lecithin softgels 8 400 mg a day and a zinc pill in the am. This is what I have been doing by mouth.

I have also experimented with different foods... Which dont effect me. I dont eat artificial sweetners cuz they are bad news no matter what I try to eat healthy tho but damnit if I want a cookie im going to have one or the whole box!!!!! :) I go to the gym and lift wts and do cardio 3-4 times a wk.... If and when I had any sores I applied Apple Cider Vinegar the first few days... Stings like hell. Then id apply hydrogen peroxide a few times a day and or acetone polish remover..... This is what helped me.

My second breakout was taking forever to heal... 2wks so I read some info on garlic oil homemade stuff didnt want to make it so I had some odorless garlic pills poked the gel capsel and squeezed the med on a qtip and rubbed it on the sore... Didnt sting at all. This made the sore disapear in a day or 2 of once daily application!!!! Was so excited I would have done a back flip if I could :) so 1 wk has gone by and I dont have any sores! Nothing has come back yet! I will post back with a follow up. Im going to continue my pill regimine cus I believe this is the most important part! Be positive people :) we can beat this.

Replied by Rhio
Enola, Pa
Do you have an update on this?

Acetone Nail Polish Remover, L-Lysine  

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Posted by PJ (Gold Coast, Queensland Australia) on 12/10/2008
5 out of 5 stars

Hi,, I only found your site last week, and was very very interested to read what others suffering with H2,had found to be beneficial, then as luck or not would have it, i had an OB, stress driven i think, i take a valtrex daily, multi-vite, and try to eat healthy, etc ,, normally my OB'S take up to 4-8 days to fade and go away , but i feel dirty and out of sorts, it is really a strange feeling, anyway i tried the acetone nail polish remover,, dabbed it onto the dam thing,3-4 times a day ,, bought a bottle of lysine, threw back about 3 grams a day, and doubled my valtrex for 3 days, and ill tell you, it started to fade the next day , smoothed out, and started to shrink, i can only really put it down to the acetone nail polish remover, didnt sting, but tingled a bit,, who ever thought that up,, give them a medal, you need the preventative stuff for sure, but when OB happen, use the nail polish remover,, dam good stuff

EC: OB = Outbreak
H2 = HSV-2 or Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2

Replied by Brokenme26
Saudi Arabia
Nail polish remover really helps? I'm afraid to put it.

ACV and Zovirax  

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Posted by Suckered (Las Vegas, Nv) on 07/07/2011

This will be long because I scoured the net looking for all details. I want to help people figure out what they have and what helped me. I had unprotected sex on 6/18. Felt sick right away but thought I was just hung over. After spending a day at the beach on 6/21 I felt like I had sever sun exhaustion. For the next 3 days I had a bad fever off and on. I noticed what I thought was a canker sore inside my lower lip. By Friday I started to suspect I had herpes and was noticing evidence of one or two sores on my genitals (Im female).

After searching online I was sure but it was now a Saturday. I called different clinics but had to wait weeks to get in. By Monday I was in the midst of a full outbreak! Sores all over my labia and anus and mouth. I was very, very distressed and even at moments sucidal.

On Saturday I started to try EVERY thing I could find online. L-Lysine, Abreve with Tylenol pm (this worked for easing pain) baking soda, peroxide, aloe, Bachs flower essences, garlic cloves, garlic oil, tea tree oil, and carmex. I also tried baths with epsom salts and peroxide. None of these remedies had any visible results. Carmex was very useful for when I had to do physical activities. It eased the pain and protected the area. When I finally saw a doctor, 7 days after exposure, I was perscribed generic Zovirax (Acyclovir). It was only $11. I also started soaking cotton in ACV and keeping it on the sores for as long as I could. Sometimes a few hours.

Within 2 or 3 days I finally saw good results. I also took a multivitamin, vitamin D and Lysine to boost my immune system and quit drinking coffee and nuts. For inside my mouth I used listerine mixed with peroxide a few times a day and rinsed with salt water too. It is now 7/6 and I have one sore left on my genitals and my mouth is almost all healed. I got the results of my blood test and found out that I tested negative for HSV2 and positive for HSV1 even though my outbreak was mostly (and severely) on my genitals. This, I think, was due to oral sex. My partner was not aware that he had herpes. He had no visible sores. He was not honest about how many unprotected sex partners he had but he was very understanding and supportive when I told him that he gave me herpes. This was a hard lesson for me to learn not to trust people so freely with my body. I got through it by reading the supportive and loving messages on here. The first really is the worst but soon it will be over and behind you! Be strong.

Replied by Jul
Redding, Ca
Believe me's not over! I was infected with genital herpes by my husband 31 yrs ago and I still have frequent two a month. Tried everything...still searching!
Replied by Bambi
Just wondering. You say you've had it for 31 years and tried all of these methods using hydrogen peroxide and apple cider vinegar and it never worked for you?
Replied by Alex
That's right...Tried everything. The best thing is ACV. but don't OD on it. Mix it with Honey 4 times a day during OB's and daily when not. Lysine will make the skin tougher but you need to be consistent with it. Daily. Stay off the nuts... No nuts...Or OB's every month for sure.
Replied by Ucantcy
Newark, De
I have HSV1 with occasional genital symptoms, rectum and left butt check. Initially, I would get swollen glands, low-grade headaches and such. I only take Valtrex when I feel an oncoming out break to prolong it's effectiveness. I also begin dosing with Zicam, which has proven to be very effective. I use a small amount of Desitin around my anus, which has been very effective, too.

I appear to be seven years younger than I am and have been exploring enemas as a way of staying clean, and the other benefits of enemas ( sustained youthful appearance, listed among them). One of the popular types of enema is ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar).

I bought pharmaceutical grade zinc some time ago and I'm wondering if there might be a benefit to mixing the ACV enema with the zinc powder in an effort to eliminate symptoms (the theory being that the zinc would be absorbed into the blood stream through the walls of the rectum). One has to be careful not to over do it with minerals.

Has anyone tried this combination? Any thoughts?

Posted by Darcy (Phuket, Thailand) on 09/13/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I had been looking for remedies and cures for my GH (I had it just 2 months ago) here in Earthclinic and it has been a great help! I also want to share my experimentation which had shorten the time of the outbreak. every morning and before I go to sleep, I soak a cottonball with Apple Cider Vinegar and put/pat it on my sores for 3-5seconds (it can be very stingy, I almost cried the first time i did it), then washed it with a feminine wash with tea tree oil, then I dry it up using a hairdryer (or sometimes just with a towel) then apply Zovirax on the sores. You can feel and see the results just the next day! This is all possible because of the prayers I made, for asking all the medicines I use will be effective for curing my disease.

I hope this will help anyone who will try this suggestion of mine.
God bless!

Replied by Cured
Windy City, Usa
I understand how great the results of ACV can be but why no one is mentioning, or maybe no one knows that Oil of Oregano kills the virus that causes any kind of herpes outbreaks. I know we have been fed the idea that there isn't a cure for it but please check around the web and see what others have to say about the effects of Oil of Oregano to herpes virus. You can take the oil of oregano both orally and apply it topically. You could find it in any health food store and even cheaper over the net.

Some argue that Oil of Oregano works so well because it kills fungal cells and infections and many think herpes infection is similar to fungal ones therefore it would be hard if not close to impossible to kill it with traditional antibiotic prescriptions.

So, do your homework and find out what others have to say. Take the recommended dose orally and apply with a qt topically. Healing should begin immediately. Take the oil orally for up to 20 days to kill the core of the infection (Inside of you, usually within the nerves system, and you may never ever have to deal with this disease again.

Try combining with L-Lysine and ACV and stay away from red wine, chocolate, and citrus fruit during the time of the treatment. Alcohol, cigarettes and coffee would not be helpful either.

P.S. try to find a good source of oregano oil. Some brands are better then others. Again, do your homework if you want to be free from suffering. I wish you health and happiness and I send you love and blessings.

Namas te.
Replied by Earthgirl
Atlanta, Ga, Usa
Hi, I just wanted to verify if the Oil of Oregano actually cured your HSV2 Virus or is it just maintaining the outbreak? Basically are you virus free now? Did you go back to the doctor to have test done to see if it is still in your system, the reason that I ask is b/c I was told that there is no cure and that you live with it for the rest of your life. Thank you so much for sharing the info that you've previously provided, it's a huge help!
Replied by Jc
Seattle, Usa
Was curious how long it takes for the Oil of Oregano to completely kill the infection, since it was mentioned that it takes 20 days for it to kill the 'core of the infection'? Thanks.
Replied by Leyla
Columbia Falls, Mt
Just wanted to share my success story with oregano oil to give others hope as it really is key in fighting off this nasty problem. Mind you, the post will be a bit long.

I hooked up with my ex-boyfriend of one and a half years before he moved away for school. One night. Bad idea. I had of course imagined he had been seeing other people since we weren't together, but I never, EVER expected to contract STIs from him. He left me with both genital herpes and genital warts.

Now I also have had gastroinestinal problems since the age of 13, and it has left my immune system in horrible condition. I cannot stress how bad my outbreaks were. Every single one lasted for a minimum of three and a half weeks. I'd be clear for 3-4 days, then it would return again. Each outbreak was just as bad--if not worse--than the last. There would always be a period where the pain and itching was so severe that I was unable to walk. The warts were equally bad, and anytime I had them removed, they'd be back within a single week of the skin healing over. This went on for about 10 months, and it was definitely the worst period of my life. The emotional suffering is really the worst part of it all.

From my very first herpes rash I had begun taking mass amounts of supplements. Olive leaf extract, bitter melon, andrographis, echinacea, astralagus, ginger, Lysine, red marine algae, monolaurin, coconut oil... You name it, I've tried it. Even acupuncture and chinese herbs. It didn't seem to do much of anything. Applying tea tree oil, propolis, or melissa oil on the rash burned like hell, and would help with the pain and itching temporarily but the outbreaks were still just as long. One particular outbreak, I remember not taking anything, just to see what would happen. The rash persisted for nearly 7 weeks. Sorry for rambling but I really want to emphasize how bad my condition was.

I hadn't tried the oregano oil, as it was pretty expensive. I read that it tasted bad and I'm a total wimp. Can't even take cough medidcine I'm so sensitive to taste. On top of that, I believed my doctor when he told me there was no cure so I thought the whole Cure in a Cupboard thing was just a scam. One day I just decided why not give it a try, I've already thrown thousands down the drain in supplements so another couple hundred won't hurt.

Orderd super strength in a small bottle. Begun with the protocol, which was 5 drops under the tongue twice daily. At first, I had to do it in 1 or 2 drops at a time. My eyes would water and my mouth would start salivating like crazy from the burn, but it was by no means unbearable. Hold it under the tongue for as long as you can then wash it down with water. Over time, I increased my dosage. I had no bad side effects, but I believe that was due to me taking the olive leaf extract everyday. I got INSANE die-off reaction the first time I took that stuff, I was shaking with chills and fever and vomitting for 3 days with OLE.

As a side note, I read somewhere that a small bottle lasts you a long time. It barely lasted 2 weeks for me! Buy the bigger one if you're going to try it. I started upping it to 5 drops under the tongue 3 times a day within about 2 weeks. After a month, 4 times a day. Usually 8-10 drops. Experts can't seem to agree on a safe dosage for this stuff so just work your way up slowly. For the first 2 months of taking it, I noticed no improvement in my state. I got discouraged, but I remembered reading that it takes 1-3 months to heal so I stuck to it.

Just past the 2 month point, I suffered from the worst outbreak I have ever had. It covered a massive area, my genitals and it even went down a bit into my anal area. It was bright red. I remember crying myself to sleep one night the pain was so severe. But something surprising happened. It cleared up in about 8 days. That was the shortest outbreak I have ever had, and it was also my last.

That was 2 months ago, and to this day, I still have not had another outbreak. Oregano oil has been a miracle worker for me. I know a lot of people are going to question it being healed without a DNA test. I've gotten a few done in the first stages of my infection, and even though I was 100% positive I had genital herpes my tests would come back negative. (Both blood test and a swab of a lesion) So doctor's tests aren't as reliable as you may think.

I don't need a test to tell me I'm cured, I know I am. I continued to take the oregano oil for a full 4 months. Not one day did I miss a dosage, as I was completely determined to rid myself of this virus. My advice to you is to try it. And take it in LIQUID under the tongue if you want results!!! Best way to get it absorbed into your bloodstream. I'm no doctor, just an average 21 year old girl that suffered from the same problem as everyone else on this board. If it worked for me, I'm sure it can work for someone else. I wish good health and best of luck to all of you.

Replied by Musiclover
Philadelphia, Pa
What brand of Oil of Oregano did you use???
Replied by Info
Atlanta, Ga, Usa
Can you tell me what is the best Wild Mediterranean Oregano Oil to purchase. How should I take it. Diluted with water or undiluted. Also, Olive Leaf seems to aggravate my symptoms. The tingling in my anus area.
Replied by Anonymous
I was just wondering if this is really a cure? I am very interested in knowing because I have been dealing with this problem since 2008 and I have been trying to research a lot of different home remedies that I can use to get rid of this issue. Although I don't have outbreaks on a regular basis, but I do have them, but only in my genital area.

I have been using acyclovir and recently I started using Olive Leaf Extract, the Pills, which I got from a all natural medicine shop. Just recently I researched that pure Unrefined Coconut Oil helps dramatically. I personally have not yet tried it for a long period of time, but reading your story, I feel like it is very similar to mines. I would love for you to reply back to me and maybe help me through this process.

I would love to have my life back and maybe possibly even one day, have a family. I am scared that I might never be able to have kids because of this problem. If this, what you wrote above is accurate and very true. Also if the test have proven that it is completely gone from your system, body, blood-stream and etc. I would love to speak to you and really find out if this is all true. I have read a lot of stories about people finding cures for HSV2 and some of them are not TRUE at all. Your story however seems like it could be true just because like I said our stories are very similar. So please let me know if you could help! Thank you.. and if everything is correct and this is true that you have been cured, well then congratulations to you!

ACV, Flower Remedies, Diet, Tea Tree Soap  

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Posted by Anon (London, UK) on 06/18/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I caught the dreaded GH a few years ago actually from oral sex, not even a shag for the pleasure! Anyway, symptoms came regularly, each month with the usual burning sensation up my thighs, small red sores on the penis, etc - hassle is an understatement! I was 32 at the time, and it def slows you down in your tracks! Tried the usual remedies, Apple Cyder Vinegar, Bachs remedies as recommended on this site, diet change etc. I'm generally pretty fit and eat well, but to be safe I totally cut out anything with artificial sweeteners and stopped eating bananas / peanuts. By following the Organic Apple Cyder Vinegar route and the Bach route for months on end, the results were not really obvious - did lose a bit of weight though - probably the ACV and the cutting out of artificially sweetened food - also cut out booze almost completely to test the alcohol theory. All of the above may have helped slightly but it's hard to say. One thing I did notice about ACV was if you apply it directly to the sore areas with a cotton ball, or tissue - it would bring out the blisters/sores very quickly - almost instantly - maybe speeding up the clearing cycle, but once again it's hard to say if it helped. I'd also generally drink ACV twice a day, morning and evening (a lidfull in a glass of water) it's pretty good for you anyway so no harm giving it a bash.

I have not tried any doctor prescribed medicine at all - in fact on both tests at the STI clinic I came up negative for G-Herpes, amusing really, I didn't have a blood test but it shows the swab tests are scarily poor! There is no question though, it is def Genital Herpes I have.
I researched the web everywhere for help and found this site to have the most sensible suggestions and promised myself that I'd comment on here in the future. My symptoms were not as bad as the pictures you see on the web, but we're more than enough to put me off sex for a while, general inflammation of the skin near the head of the penis (redder than it should be), slightly itchy tingles like you have a pubic hair caught in your foreskin, tiny blisters which seeped a little for the first few months, these died down a bit to a less obvious soreness, but still obvious to me! As time goes by the symptoms seem to naturally slow down and come out less aggressively which makes sense - but they still appeared each month or even every few weeks. Just as I thought probably gone this time - there the usual redness/tiny sores would pop up again.

I tried using non-scented soaps - the usual high street suspects, I'd wash my penis each morning and night, but you get a bit worried about aggravating the already seemingly angry Virus so I was always cautious what I washed with! I found the Bach remedies to be a bit of a hassle, you'd end up going to the bathroom at work, putting a few drops on the areas which were aggravated, then standing there with your penis out waiting for it to dry, the Bach remedy also left you a little sticky as it is sweet, but none the less worth a try!

Anyway, cutting a long story short I was in Waitrose (English Supermarket) about 9 months back and picked up a bar of soap as part of my continuous attempt to find something that helps. The soap was made by Tisserand and is called Tisserand Organic Tea-Tree Soap. It comes in a cardboard packet and is a 100g bar of green soap. This soap which says it has "naturally antiseptic properties" seems to have worked at cutting down my symptoms, in fact it's almost eradicated them. Costs about %3 a bar. I wash my penis in the morning and evening with the soap, just lather the soap up in my hands and then wash myself with it, I also use it for the rest of my body as it's really nice soap anyway. I've not had an outbreak for ages, and the soap seemed cut outbreaks almost as soon as I started using it. It is possible that the timing of when I bought the soap coincided with my bodies natural defense to overcome the continuous virus outbreaks, (I started using it about 20 months into contracting GH - but I was still getting outbreaks roughly every 4-6 weeks at the time) but I would say it's more likely the soap does have something in it that helps massively. I can pretty much eat anything now and can go out on a drinking bender without worrying too much about the consequences.

In summary, get your body back on a healthy diet/lifestyle. Try and get good sleep hours to save you from being run down, don't go out drinking too much. If your system is run down then the virus is stronger. Cut out artificial sweeteners altogether, I didn't notice any obvious worsening as a result of consuming them, but everyone else seems to suffer so I just eliminated them from my diet - if you need sweets then eat things with natural sugars - honey sandwiches for example. Definitely try this soap Tisserand, make sure it's the bar of soap I've mentioned above as I think they do quite a few ranges in liquid form etc - I'm sure it's what helped me. I completely stopped Bachs remedies as soon as I started using the soap -they're really a bit of a hassle and people always ask you what they're for. I still drink the ACV every few days or so just because it's quite good for you, I also drink a lot of green tea as it's an excellent anti-oxidant.

It may be the amount of time I've had it, but at 20 months in I was convinced the GH was going to keep recurring regularly and was finding it was really controlling my life, I planned everything around it. Now 29 months in it's no longer really a hassle for me at all and hasn't been for the last 9 months since I first started using the soap. So my conclusion is it's either time or the soap that's done the most for me - so if it's time then there's light at the end of the tunnel for most of us, and if it's the soap then I'd recommend you at least try it - I'm not going to stop using it (ever!) - so Good luck Team H, my thoughts are with you!!!! Two other things; I also cut my pubic hair pretty short as I found it would get caught in my foreskin on occasion and cause unnecessary itching - guess that's a guy thing! And also I only wear loose cotton underwear, generally Ralph Lauren as I'm pretty cool like that ;-) Good Luck!

Replied by Shesawaterfall
Southampton, Uk
Mr Waitrose Soap man, I can't tell how happy I am to read your message. Not so much about the soap as I'm in the middle east currently and waitrose's upper class clientele isn't to be found here! But just generally your experience gives me hope. I'm coming up for my 2 year anniversary of getting this wonderful virus, and in the last 6 months my outbreaks have increased to about 1 a month- it's getting ridiculous and to the point where it's all I think about! Plus, I've been off the booze (due to the country I'm in) for 6 months, yet that has made it worse. My diet is pretty good although I do eat a lot of peanuts so I just hope if I continue to keep a decent diet it will get easier. OF course when I get back to blighty I'll try this special soap and some apple cyder vinegar for shits and giggles as well.
Replied by C
Detroit Metro, Mi
Hey Shesawaterfall, Lay off the peanuts man. Peanuts contain lots of arginine. The herpes simplex virus requires the amino acid arginine to metabolize and multiply.

Aloe Vera  

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Posted by Sammie (B'dos) on 09/13/2014
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20+ years in: Fresh Aloe gel from the plant works well to IMMEDIATELY bring relief to irritated sores. First clean area with hydrogen Peroxide, then apply Aloe (you can actually sleep in peace)1000 mg Vit C , Zinc supplements daily has reduced frequency of outbreaks for me to about twice a year and outbreaks are about 2-3sores. Use No peanuts. My outbreaks tend to come around menstrual period time(body stress) so I make sure during ovulation and period time to be taking my Vit C and Zinc. Initial onset warning sign is pain to the back of my leg and I take a pain killer and up my Vit C dose to 2twice a day(No sores appear). I had always promised myself to post here if I found a routine that worked for me because I have found so much useful info here. Oh... Eating more natural foods has helped too...I try really hard to stay away from the snacks and packaged food/fast food(simply because there are too many created substances whose effects on my body I can't account for) but I do indulge occasionally and have alcohol as well.

Replied by Nicholas
Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
Well the peanuts thing is indifferent to me because is free in most restuarants, beer almost all enjoy a cold beer especially in hot climate. I live in Mexico Southern. Tea Tree Oil soap or oil is excellent helper, Apple Cider Vinegar, there are no health food stores here. I use apple vinegar, topical apply, drink cool. Comments - I am not in a case with big break outs or something. I have a couple sores that may not even be herpes. I like the study of medicine and yes - cut out cigarettes, coffee. I agree, don't do either. Use a natural cure, not pills. I am a dentist and mouth herpes I haven't seen at all; very rare here anywhere. Well amigos Nicholas from Colorado, USA out here in Mexico working along.

Posted by Jimi50 (Surabaya, Indonesia) on 08/18/2009
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I have had GH for many years,but usually an outbreak only 2 or 3 times a decade. Upon moving to Indonesia, my outbreaks increased to 5 or 6 a year. After racking my little brain, the only thing I do different here is use SOY OIL for cooking.

Any imput or ideas,from anyone?

I have found that fresh Aloe Vera, both orally and topigraphicaly, seem to have an immediate effect, healing sores, burning, and the funky overall feeling.

I will change my cooking oil,but again, any ideas would be welcome.

Thanks and good luck to ALL.!

Replied by Artisan
New Paltz, Ny, Usa
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I have found aloe vera gel to be very effective at healing sores usually overnight or in a day or two - apply several times a day if possible. L-Lysine as a pill also helps me as does L-lysine cream applied topically. Lemon balm cream also helps. Lemon balm TEA helps oral sores. Lemon balm is a known herpicide, tho I don't see it on this site.

Replied by C
Detroit Metro, Mi
Jimi50, Cease with the soy oil. No good. Better to use coconut oil, it has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties among many other desirable properties. Much information on it here on this site. More better!
Replied by Bcnu147
Anacortes, Wa, U. S. A.
It is my understanding that in Indonesia, peanut oil is used in cooking some things.

NOTE: the quote from earlier on the page, above your post.

"Lay off the peanuts man. Peanuts contain lots of arginine. The herpes simplex virus requires the amino acid arginine to metabolize and multiply."

Asian foods are often cooked in peanut oil.

Replied by Alexandra
United States
Soy is almost always GMO. GMOs (genetically modified organisms) are toxic and will only make it worse.

Andrographic Paniculate and Olive Leaf, ACV  

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Posted by Kathy (Boston, MA)
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Andrographis paniculata and Olive leaf with Apple Cider Vinegar... Maybe it can totally kill the virus. AP, usually cannot take beyond ten days, 4x/day, but a 2 week break then resume. Check with health person before trying this.

Anti-Fungal Cream  

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Posted by R. Howard (Lihue, Hi) on 09/05/2010
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I have used a anti-fungal cream from my doctor for years for genital herpes. It's highly effective and usually clears up the sores in less than a week. I also use topical 3% H202 solution applied with a cotton ball. Though they say herpes is a virus, the anti-fungal cream works best for me instead of drugs. RH

Antiviral Cleanse  

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Posted by Think2 (Northeast, Md, USA) on 09/09/2012
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I used [an] antiviral cleanse from within a month of the first outbreak 05/2012 initial hsv1. It does require an all raw diet -and a lots of distilled or alkaline water for 21 days. The herbs did not make me sick. I needed to probably do this cleanse and although I was hoping my nightmare would've ended immediately... It didn't BUT I realize that it might have helped me with not getting new outbreaks. I think it has helped alot. I don't have lesions that I can see, everything is inside I guess. (I had one bad 4 day period a month ago that I was completely not feeling well all over.)

I have been trying herbal treatments over pharmaceuticals because I'm still wanting to knock this out of my system for good. I still have hope that my life will be normal again one day. No external sores just bouts of what feels like vaginitis/or b. v. feeling. When I get that I put coconut oil on external area. I tried to take oil of oregano but it made me gag so I wasn't really going to keep that up. I'm going to try again on that I'm just afraid that its killing the good bacteria too. (need to research more). I eat alot of yogurt. I take an extract of astragulus(sp), echinacea, and goldenseal root. I also read about immunity building herbals like moringa leaf (vitamin c rich) and pau d'arco.

Also, one more thing - I have read that immune system is tied up with the colon so it makes sense to try to keep the colon clean as much as possible - I've eliminated beef (never eat pork) eat more fish, minimal chicken/turkey. I try to cook everything with fresh garlic gloves and I made my own apple cider vinegar /extra virgin olive oil/fresh garlic & spices salad dressing.

I think somewhere on here someone asked the question about addressing the nerve activity that seems to be how the virus lies dormant in the nerves. Anyone know anything about nervine herbs like st. Johns wort or anything? That seems to me to be the key to killing it. Are we able to block the replication with nervines?

I love this place earthclinic - finally I feel like I'm not alone... :|

Replied by Jay
Toronto, Ont, Canada
To Think2 from Northeast, Md, USA -- Pick up the little book titled "Olive Leaf Extract" by Dr. Morton Walker. Pages 100 to 103 discuss the 7 known herpes virus strains and page 103 discusses the work of a couple of doctors using extracts from olive leaf with significant treatment success.
Replied by Jay
Bombay, India
I, am suffering from genital herpes for over 4 years.. I m on valtrex 500mg.. I had outbreaks every week... I tried using all sorts of homeo meds and ayurvedic medicines as well but to no avail.... Then I came accross a miraculous remedy... Its 'wheat grass juice' therapy... I m on it for three weeks now and do not have outbreak since... I have 60 ml of it on empty stomach every morning... I also have 'chyawanprash'an ayurvedic herbal remedy with high content of 'aamla'... I would like to let millions of people across world know about wheatgrass juice and chyawanprash to get relief from genital herpes...God bless all
Replied by Pearl
Houston, Tx
@Think2 with the info that you gave, im assuming you did the cleanse through djheuty.. If so could you give any feedback about tests you may have done afterwards.. im really into healing my body and erradicating over simply minimizing symptoms.

Thanx in advance!

Replied by Think2
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Its been quite awhile; I should've checked back over this past 2 years I didn't even think my comment posted ...

Update: The igG tests will probably continue to show positive as they are very sensitive to the specific antibodies related to HSVs. Initially, both were negative; only a culture was positive. When I wrote in 2012, I was first diagnosed. I've not had any outbreaks, no yeast infections, and no bacterial infections. I am a woman so I cannot tell if anything is on the inside (should it hurt or burn? I don't know, I've not had this happen to me) So far, I don't see anything out of the ordinary. I have had some sporadic discomfort like tingling in genitals every once in awhile but it lasts maybe for a day or two. (I believe this is what is called asymptomatic shedding of the virus)..(??)

I would like to say I'm healed but I don't think it works that way. In the meantime, I'm happy to report that what is working for me is clean eating, periodic cleanses, supplements (I wrote them above), and Oil of Oregano >87?rvacol (sp) which I applied on the base of my spine (bottom) and the lymph gland area in the groin for about 8 mths.

Replied by Bj
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Olive Leaf Extract (OLE) didn't work for me. I broke out really bad with bumps everywhere including my hands. But the symptoms returned.

Replied by Looking4naturalcureforh2
Thank you for sharing information. It's been several years, but would you or others mind sharing info on test results. Mine is around 7.2 for H2. Want to bring it down to less than .91 for negative using natural way. I have been lucky not to have serious OBs, just minor, 2 so far.

Apple Cider Vinegar  

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Posted by Greed (Dc) on 11/27/2015

I have "undiagnosed" gential herpes. I am 23 and I contracted it when I was only 17. I've never had a cold sore or anything else like that in my life so imagine my horror when painful blisters started to appear on my sensitive clit and on the lips right above it. I haven't gone to the doctor to get it checked out maybe because I'm stupid, still in denial.. (Although writing this really helps) or just plain ashamed and afraid of getting a diagnosis and having a doctor look at me in my face and tell me I have gential herpes.

Anyways, I guess you can consider me lucky? Out of the 6 years I have lived with this virus I have only had outbreaks 3 times and it happens only once a year around the time I contracted the virus and in the same spot (either 1 or 2 blisters on my clit and/or a tiny cluster right above that on my vagina lip)

i am suffering from an outbreak right now as I write this and as I type this up on my iPhone I have a cotton swab with apple cider vinegar on it. This is my first time using ACV and I must say I do like it. Yes, it does burn a little but as a girl who wants to see and feel improvements immediately I think the stinging is a good sign like 'yeah take that herpes! ' At first I was using cold refined virgin coconut oil because coconut oil heals everything and I read somewhere that it kills the virus but to be honest I didn't think it was doing the job but maybe I'm impatient. The coconut oil stopped the excruciating itching (washed my hands, stuck my finger into the oil, applied topically to the affected area at night and went to bed) but like I said I didn't really like the results, I would wake up expecting the blisters to be gone, they are running their course, slowly, and that's not what I want. Mind you this is... Maybe day 4 or 5, after this outbreak clears up I'm definitely going to look into preventive measure like the pine cone extract, taking coconut oil orally, and/or taking ACV orally.

I really appreciate this website considering I am doing this alone and haven't told a soul my secret. I'm sure one day I will have to admit it to someone like my husband or a doctor or something but until then it is my secret and my shame alone but this site has really helped me and maybe it's not that bad. Maybe I can do this and do things so I won't have an outbreak and not feel ashamed of a mistake I did when I was young.

If anyone else is suffering I highly recommend all natural apple cider vinegar. Put it on a cotton swab and while you relax or before bed just let it sit there. Yes it will burn and yes you will want to tale it off. Maybe let it sit until you can't anymore, remove the swab, catch your breath, and douse another swab and do it again. I hope this post and this whole website helps anyone who feels like they are lost and alone like it helped me because you're not lost or alone and there are preventive measure so you can live a normal life and have a healthy, active sex life (please use protection of course) without feeling like you're going to pass on the virus.

Posted by Suzy (Indiana, US) on 03/19/2015

I need help with a question please. Every time I start taking apple cider vinegar I get an outbreak of herpes. I take coconut oil daily and it always keeps me from having outbreaks but when I add the apple cider vinegar it brings one on. Why is this? I alkalize and check my pH daily. Can anyone tell me what I need to change here or do or why please. Thanks much.

Posted by Mermaid Cure (California, US) on 09/03/2014
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I'm so grateful to have found this website!!!! Truly has given me new light and hope for my ailments!!! So THANK YOU TED! You have a heaven-sent spirit for doing this!!!!!

Great News!!! APPLE CIDER VINEGAR and APPLE CIDER VINEGAR TABLETS works. I've successfully prevented break-outs.

I've been a GH (genital herpes) sufferer since 1984 and am now 54-, goin' on 34', for sure... lol, and am very happy on coming to terms with the cards I have been dealt. So if you or ANYONE thinks it's the end, I promise you it is NOT. Of course, it was devastating to me when I found out, especially since I was vacationing in New Zealand at the time and had just read an article in the local newspaper that Genital Herpes had not been reported in their country at that time and so, yay! ... what great news that was...haha...

I contracted it from a guy there a week later, who knew what he was doing. So, don't believe what you read in the news ever, about anything, from what I have learned they can be terribly inaccurate!!! . So, yes, it's been a major nuisance in my life, but have went on to have had beautiful loving, healthy and sexual relationships. I feel it is my altruistic responsibility to inform them about my annoying situation before we are intimate so that they have the option to make an informed decision. They usually say, is that it? They know that there are MANY and MUCH worse 'issues' and problems in life that could or could have happened. If they really care about you and they are worth having a relationship won't make a difference.

After finding this site a few years ago, I immediately bought the organic ACV and lots of Coconut Oil for my medicine cabinet and kitchen and make-up drawer. The best thing I found was the APPLE CIDER VINEGAR TABLETS! You don't have to taste the vinegar, just take one tablet right when you first feel the slightest tingle. I have successfully staved off several outbreaks by catching it in time and am thinking I should just take one every day. They're not expensive and you find them at any health food store or vitamin shop.

So, I'm pretty sure GH prevails in epidemic proportions. At least HALF of my girlfriends have or have had it! That I happen to know of! I've just been super compelled to share this vital remedy for our condition and am feeling pretty good about it because I know it can help all of you who will find this. I wish I would would have found this out 20 years ago!!! The doc's had always just prescribed the Zovirax or similar, which helped too, but about equal to ACV.

Life is good and, especially when you find a 'community' like this one to share REAL story's from REAL people.

One more REALLY important Health tip that I discovered, especially for women, Is taking 1,200 mg of Vitamin D EVERY SINGLE DAY with the magnesium to digest ( they are sold together in one pill) for your bones and hair! I was diagnosed with 15% Osteoporosis in my spine that was completely a silent disease I was unaware of! Just had a routine bone scan for my 50,000 mile check up and found out. So my good Dr. told me my options of choosing Fosamax, that can have the side effects of ruining other organs over time or take the 1,200mg calcium every day, no more and no less! No question there...I started taking them and within weeks my hair started really growing! Beautiful baby hair coming in everywhere! So I told my GF, same age, and same thing happened to her! my hair is consistantly 4" longer than it used to be. I figure bones must be better shape too, but will find out on my next bone scan.

Enjoy life everyone-it's the only one we KNOW we have for sure! ... and don't sweat the small stuff!!!!! xoxo

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
Mermaid Cure, you say 1,200mg. of VITAMIN D, then you say 1,200mg. of CALCIUM. Which did you mean?
Replied by Mermaid Cure
California, US
Thanks for correction.

I'm taking 1,200 mg of Calcium everyday along with 1000 mg fish oil capsule (Omega 3-6-9) is when I noticed a major difference in hair growth. The Calcium I buy has Magnesium, zinc and Vitamin D3 added to metabolize the calcium.

Just recently heard from my Holistic Doctor that it should be Bone Meal Calcium for best absorption. She says to add Strontium to my daily routine, as well, an important mineral to process the calcium.

Update- The ACV tablets worked to suppress the vaginal area OB, but didn't work to suppress an OB on my rear. So I'm going to try Acetone and see what happens because these lesions have lasted up to a month or more without treatment.

Replied by Jax
I loved reading your story, love your zest for life. I have had Genital Herpes for about 7 years but was only diagnosed a year ago I was devastated once it was confirmed thought my life was over, I had come out of a long term relationship, met someone a year later, but he was diabetic I had told him about my problem, I just thought risk was too great for him. In the 7 years I never had treatment and now it's confirmed I don't want to take them either, I tried the Hydro Peroxide 35% grade as it was said to cure - didn't work just suppressed it, so I need to focus on what to do when I feel the tingling. So using ACV and coconut oil will be a must. I take great motivation about life from you as I thought life was over.
Replied by Kayleigh
I am so glad to hear they are working for you! I just got diagnosed a week ago and I've had the same partner for a year, I guess we both had never had a breakout... I was wondering... What type of Apple cider vinegar pills do you use? I bought the "organika" brand, do you think any will work?
Replied by Elizabeth
Easton, US
Thank you so much for your honest post about GH! You've given me hope!
Replied by Chris
Silsbee Texas
What is a good dosage? And what type and brand of Apple Cider Vinegar tablets should I use, I've bought the vegetarian Apple Cider Vinegar tablets and been using them and just had a small outbreak. And I'm also a male, don't know if that makes a difference. Thank u!
Replied by Alex
Yep, I'd agree that ACV is the best to stop OB's. Personally I think applying topical solutions is a waste of time. The virus needs to be assaulted from the inside. 3 teaspoons of ACV with honey in 1/4 cup boiling water. Mix. Add another 1/4 cup cold water and drink. While you're at it.. down it with a Lysine tablet. Should take 2 days for the OB to recede... as opposed to 2 weeks untreated which I normally get. Valtrex no longer has any effect on it. That stopped working after the 5th year.

Don't rub it. Don't eat nuts. Don't have sex.

It's taken me 15 years to find ACV. God, I wish I knew sooner.

At first I saw it as a cure for Warts... so I put it on a wart for a week and the wart completely died.

Got me thinking, warts (HPV) are a very similar virus to Herpes.. what if we could get ACV in to the herpes Virus. And here we are.

Forget the pharmaceuticals... they can cure it now by playing with ribosomes.. but there's no money in curing anything. You need the virus to stay alive to make money out of it. They will never release a cure. It's not that they can't.They just won't.

ACV (with the pulp) is the go until we find some combination of natural items that's better.

Replied by Dan
Thanks Alex! How many times a day do you recommend downing that concoction? I just went to the store, purchased ACV and honey. It really doesn't taste that bad.
Replied by Alex
Hey Dan, firstly, I don't believe ACV is a outright cure for herpes...So don't get your hopes too high. Its more like a deterrent and (in my opinion and personal observation) definitely assists the body fighting the virus when it goes active.

To fight any virus there's a couple of things you should do. Exactly the same principle as getting a flu.

1.Stay Warm...really warm. There's a reason why the body will shiver and get fever. The body has identified the virus has gone active and it's trying to overheat the little bastard. A little fever is good. Let the bodies evolutionary instincts have this one.

2. Vitamin C - 500mg every 6 hrs

3. ACV & Honey - Every 6 hrs (a mate of mine puts ACV in 1 litre of water, keeps it on his desk and drinks it throughout the day.)

4. 500gm Lysine - Every 8 hrs - Seems to toughen the skin.

Put this together and see how you go.

My recent attack, I performed the above over a period of 4 days. I could feel the virus trying hard... but it never breached the outside skin. Although, let's be clear, I knew at that moment I was still infectious. Might not have breached the outside but it still stung a little at the start of day 2 when I pissed.

There's some hope there.

Good luck... and please share if you find something else that works. All of us need to help each other with all diseases as the pharmaceutical industry wont. A natural cure is out there and it'll be up to those who have the disease to find it.

Posted by Nycole (Newport News, Va) on 05/10/2014

I'm having a hv2 outbreak and I'm trying acv and it burn.? I'm 20 and 37 weeks pregnant and I had an ob a week ago so I went to my obgyn to see what it is so I find this website today and decided to try Apple Cider Vinegar and it burns each time I try it. Does that mean its working or no but I'm doing it everytime after I use the bathroom. Help please

Replied by Mama To Many Donate

Dear Nycole,

You might try diluting the vinegar with water. 1 part vinegar, 3 parts water.

You could also try Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, topically. This is generally very soothing to the skin.

I hope you can get this resolved soon and be ready to enjoy that new baby! Congratulations!

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Hellodmv
Re: Apple Cider Vinegar for Genital Herpes Burning. Despite what some sites say, this was researched by NIH that it works. Make sure you mix with water and only do it for 3 days to help kill the virus. Since you are expecting I would try lemon balm creams. It's not harsh and proven medically to work.

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