Just finished a 5 day treatment with acetone and must say I really am impressed. It was really comfortable for the whole 5 days and now there are no symptoms.
First I used a baby wipe to clean the whole area and then applied the acetone on a folded tissue and by tapping 'tap tap tap' over the blisters till it became more tolerable (burned like crap at first) and then pressed the tissue hard over the blisters for a couple minutes or till I felt no more pain.
I did nothing more. Usually the ordeal lasts for a good three weeks.. FIVE DAYS is all it took! Thank you so much for this trick! XOXOXO
Acetone Nail Polish Remover
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!
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
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.
ACV and Zovirax
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.
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!
(Detroit Metro, Mi)
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.
(Playa Del Carmen, Mexico)
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.!
(New Paltz, Ny, Usa)
(Detroit Metro, Mi)
(Anacortes, Wa, U. S. A.)
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.
Relief from repeated GH flare-ups
I came up with this new recipe for a soothing lotion after reading various sources, especially cures reported by Earth Clinic contributors.
I was spurred into action when a third outbreak started in less than 6 weeks. Relief was almost immediate, and much better by morning after a bedtime application. By the second morning there was minor swelling but no stinging or burning at all. I waited a few weeks before sharing my good news, because I wanted to be sure of the effect. At the time of writing, I've been symptom-free for 45 days. I hope this suggestion can help ease the suffering of anyone able to give it a try.
CAUTION: Licorice can cause issues such as heart palpitations for some people, so please check with the doctor or pharmacist if you have a chronic health problem or are taking prescription medication
The lotion I made was thin enough to store in a squeezable or pump dispenser bottle but I found it most convenient to use a wide necked container, using a clean plastic spoon or narrow wooden spatula to scoop some out each time. Before use, bathe the affected area with baby shampoo or warm salt water, rinse thoroughly and pat dry with a paper towel. Wash your hands before and after applying the lotion. All homemade creams and lotions are best stored in the refrigerator, and you'll benefit from the cooling effect with this one especially.
The recipe produces a decent amount so if you get fast initial results, you can continue to use it at least twice a day morning and evening until it's finished to stave off further outbreaks. I recommend using a panty liner to protect against stains.
Recipe as follows:
- 2 tablespoons Distilled Water
- 1 teaspoon Liquid Sunflower Lecithin
- 2 capsules Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
- 1 teaspoon Licorice Root Powder*
- 2 tablespoons Coconut Oil
- 5 drops Garlic oil**
- 5 drops Oregano oil
- Optional: a pinch of food grade Borax
(make sure everything is thoroughly clean/sterilised)
- 2 small pans or heatproof bowls
- Spatula or small balloon whisk
- Measuring spoons
- Strainer, fine mesh
- Suitable storage container
- Funnel, if needed to transfer to container
Gently heat the coconut oil, add the licorice root powder and allow to infuse for at least an hour, preferably longer. You should see the oil darkening in colour from the licorice root. In a separate container, heat the distilled water, remove from heat and add the Lecithin, stirring until dissolved. Add the contents of the B3 capsules and Borax. Stir until thoroughly combined. Strain the coconut oil into the container with the water based mix, then add the garlic and oregano oils and blend by whisking vigorously until a creamy lotion is produced. Cover and store in the refrigerator. Optionally adding Borax helps to act as a preservative, so it should be possible to store in a cool dark place for up to 4 days, should you need to travel etc.
WARNING: If you share your refrigerator with others, please be super careful with labeling, storage etc - this lotion looks a lot like a creamy pudding!
You can substitute Lavender or Rose water for Distilled water.
*Half a teaspoon of Licorice Root Extract can replace 1 teaspoon Licorice Root Powder, just add it to the water along with the B3 and Borax.
Lecithin granules might work, I've not used them, but they would need to be dissolved completely. Soy is contra-indicated as a potential precursor in many comments I've read about Herpes, so Sunflower Lecithin is definitely preferable.
** I add any leftover cloves of peeled garlic to use later to a jar, cover with extra virgin oilve oil and store in the fridge. The oil makes a wonderful healing salve for minor cuts or burns. If you can't find garlic oil, try my method but use a teaspoonful.
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
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... :|
(Toronto, Ont, Canada)
Just came across this site--experiencing an outbreak after not having one for years. Wow I forgot how painful and itchy they are! OMG need help fast! The Apple Cider Vinegar sounded good to me--recently discovered it for other things--like mosquito bites. It took away the itch of mossie bites. So I read all the posts on Herpes sores--WOW--so many said it worked for them--So --I had a bottle of ACV in my bathroom--I had to look at what I was dealing with--spread a towel on my bed to see what the situation was --I could see a few sores in my genital area--I wanted to calm the area down a bit with warm water--and clean it--so I got a warm wash cloth/wiped the area--and used some mild soap (Dove) and dried it with a paper towel. Then I put a towel on my bed and grabbed the mirror and some cotton rounds--three--and the bottle of ACV--took each round and applied a good amount of ACV to the pad of cotton --then I quickly applied to the area--making sure to get the wettest part of the ACV on the round onto the sores. I was prepared for it to sting a lot--but it was not as bad as I thought. I think that washing the area with warm water and soap helped. And I think that they itched so SO much that any stinging I felt was a relief compared to the itching --it was awful--I applied one ACV cotton round then got another clean one --and soaked it with ACV--put it on with some pressure to really soak the sores--then I did a third one. Before I knew it ..I was not feeling any itching or pain from the sores. Amazing! I dried the area a bit with a paper towel pat--that might not have been a good idea since the ACV needs to be on them to dry them out. But so far so good. I did that about 20 minutes ago and I am still not feeling any itch or pain. Apple Cider Vinegar is AMAZING!! I usually don't post --or take advice from sites like this--but this is definitely worth it! And legit! Esp if you are suffering from those awful sores like me. I can't believe I walked around all day suffering with them now--and I did not have to! Try it! It is worth it!
Apple Cider Vinegar
I've started the ACV regimen by soaking a cotton ball in it 3-4 times a day also pouring a little when I bathe.. I'm also using tea tree oil as well. I felt a lesion bear rectum. Now the right side of inner cheek is raw and when I wipe I see as if a scab has peeled. I'm in a lot of pain I'm currently trying the cornstarch method. I'm just scared and confused and will I see any results? The medication for HSV 2 is too costly. I need some relief and once or if this is going away will I still need the medicine? Any help is appreciated
Apple Cider Vinegar
So I was diagnosed with HSV 2 almost a year ago. I only use ACV with the Mother and corn starch. After using the restroom take a cotton swab or cotton ball dip in ACV then put a little corn starch to help dry it out. Usually gone within a few days. I only have outbreaks when I eat really badly, like drinking too much soda, or too much sweets.