Do not fall for the Lysine topical methods as the lysine must get into your cells and work to suppress Arginine from your cells.
Note: You should always consult your doctor before taking any medications or dietary supplements. This information provided by me is for informational purposes only
If you are not pregnant: I would definitely recommend using Lysine to treat and prevent the herpes virus. Take two 500 milligrams a day and if you are treating a break out take 1500 - 3000 milligrams a day.
To treat a break out:
* At first sign of tingle - take 2 or 3 - 500 milligrams of Lysine to help slow down or stop the break out.
* Take again in the middle of the day
* Use hydrogen peroxide on sore (not to be used internally - consult your doctor to see if you can use on external genital area)
* Keep taking for up to two days after break out has ceased to assure it has been suppressed
If you are pregnant or nursing: At this time there are no studies available on the effects of taking Lysine while pregnant or nursing. Many doctors will advise pregnant or nursing women to avoid taking this supplement as they have labeled this supplement Class C. What that means is: Any pregnancy class A or B drugs are safe; class C is thought to be safe but not enough tests have been done to fully confirm; class D or lower--stay away!
Taking this supplement is controversial since their are no human studies, cases or medical files showing that taking Lysine while pregnant or nursing is safe on the development of an unborn child or newborn. However, there are an uncounted number of women taking this supplement each year for the treatment of herpes while pregnant or nursing. There are also many doctors, mid-wives and doulas who will advise their patients to take this supplement instead of any prescription that can be used for the treatment of the herpes virus.
Herpes breakouts are generally triggered by environmental and emotional triggers - here are some ways to help prevent your break outs: (if you do any of these things, make sure to take the Lysine to help reduce the risk of a break out) Source: ehow.com
- Stay out of the sun, or at least limit exposure. Overexposure to the sun can trigger outbreaks.
- Wear sunscreen if you are out in the sun.
- Drink alcohol in moderation.
- Stay out of the wind as much as possible.
- Protect your immune system. Other viruses, such as the flu, can trigger outbreaks.
- Make sure to have a healthy diet with plenty of fresh, unprocessed foods.
- Take a good, high-potency multivitamin.
- Eat foods high in vitamin C or take a supplement of at least 1,000mg daily.
- Keep in shape, get enough sleep, do things you enjoy and drink lots of fluids.
- Reduce consumption of processed foods, cola drinks, sugar and caffeine, which may increase the chance of an outbreak.
- Don't share a drinking glass, food utensils or a toothbrush with someone who has a cold sore.
- Avoid intimate contact such as kissing someone on the lips when that person has a cold sore.
Also: Stress is a trigger and if you eat a lot of chocolate - chocolate has caffeine, so take lysine to help prevent or reduce the risk of getting a break out. Remember adding these triggers together can make a break out more likely. For example: If you go out to the beach and bask in the sun, drinking soda and eating chocolate during that week, you may find yourself getting a break out. So, take the Lysine to help yourself not get one.Sites to get more complete information:
Lysine and L-Lysine Treatment for genital herpes and oral herpes