The REAL Permanent Cure For Herpes – What Works And What Doesn't

If you’ve ever had the Herpes Simplex Virus Type II (HPV 2 – Genital Herpes) virus, you’ll know about it, because you’ll get those painful sores on your unmentionables and the more you Google about the virus, the more you’ll find out that HPV 2 sufferers are considered permanent social outcasts and there’s no concrete testimonials for all the “permanent” cures found online. There’s a very good reason for that – herpes is a great money spinner for a plethora of people out there and while it can be permanently cured in theory, in practise you would have to be very, very lucky indeed.

So is there a permanent cure for genital herpes?

As someone who received the virus without knowledge or consent, I can assure anyone who has it that it is a manageable condition and usually cannot be cured permanently. There are a few things that I have learnt from trawling through thousands of forum posts on the net, as well as from my own experience that might assist if you’re experiencing the lows and wish to be rid of them as much as you can. Read on and learn the pitfalls, the drama and the hype surrounding the herpes virus…

A digital representation of the herpes virus.
A digital representation of the herpes virus.

Did You Know?

There have been many clinical trials trying to find a permanent cure for the human papilloma virus. Unfortunately, if you research these well enough, you'll find that some of the more promising ones have been discontinued by pharmaceutical companies (either a sudden lack of funding or some other miscellaneous reason).

As soon as I found out this, I knew that permanent cures would be withheld from the public as long as it pays not to have them. However, many medical scientists agree that herpes is a very tricky thing to cure. It really is hard to discern the truth in this matter.

Medicine is a BUSINESS and this means that profit motives can often triumph over finding real cures for illnesses.
Medicine is a BUSINESS and this means that profit motives can often triumph over finding real cures for illnesses.

The Internet Definition Of A “Permanent Cure”

If you think of a “permanent cure”, you might think of a medicine (natural or manmade) that will eradicate all symptoms for good, so that the illness never comes back and wellness is assured.

I read on a forum somewhere that in America, a “permanent cure” (as defined by the pharmaceutical industry) is a cure that could cover anything from making the illness a little less prominent to complete recovery.

Apparently, if a product makes a very, very small difference to the illness, it can be marketed as being a permanent cure, though it might fall short of the expectations of the consumer.

Many products claiming to cure or permanently cure the herpes virus online follow the American pharmaceutical definition, which means as far as anyone knows, none of them actually cure your condition, they all just help a little bit. Not surprisingly, you won’t find any solid testimonials about permanent cures for herpes, because these products don’t actually cure the illness, though you will find testimonials that some of them helped a bit.

There is money to be made from herpes sufferers (as there is no real, permanent cure) so you’ll find that most of the products on offer are hideously expensive and you are supposed to take them for years on end. Whether natural or manmade or doctor prescribed, herpes cures are a new fad that have taken the internet by storm as marketers attempt to get their hands on the cash of the 536 million people worldwide who have the virus.

It's what you don't know about herpes cures that means internet marketeers and dodgy companies can make money from you.
It's what you don't know about herpes cures that means internet marketeers and dodgy companies can make money from you.
Why take medications to mask your illness when you can change your lifestyle and use natural solutions to manage herpes?
Why take medications to mask your illness when you can change your lifestyle and use natural solutions to manage herpes?
An artist's impression of the herpes virus causing blisters on the skin.
An artist's impression of the herpes virus causing blisters on the skin.

Why Isn’t There A Real Permanent Cure?

There are a few reasons for this. You could ask the question “Why hasn’t someone invented a proper cure for cancer yet?” and probably get similar answers.

Let’s start with the obvious. Herpes is a complex virus that is transported along sensory nerves to the nerve cell bodies, where it resides for life. It also gets stored in fat cells and is replicated in DNA in some people.

It’s not a simple matter of applying a cream or even ridding the body of viruses, because it is stored in so many places and just returns as the cells divide and replace. This is why “cures” will remove the virus temporarily from the bloodstream, and can even give you negative test results, but the virus will come back once you stop taking the cure and the hidden virus-ridden cells multiply again (I have achieved negative test results before and yes, the virus comes back!)

When a test for herpes comes back negative, it doesn’t mean that the virus is gone from your body. The only way to prove it has gone permanently is to have several negative tests and no outbreaks in a two year period, while you are not on any extra medications or treatments.

From what I have read, it would be very difficult to eradicate all viruses in the body without years of time devoted to it, multiple “cures” used at the same time and vigorous exercise. In most people, this would be asking too much and they wouldn’t be able to keep it going for years on end because of the cost and how hard it can be to stick to rigid diets and exercise. Even then, this might not be a guarantee for a permanent cure anyway as it only takes a couple of virus-ridden cells to escape your ministrations and multiply again to give you the virus back.

Another reason there is no permanent cure is that pharmaceutical companies would prefer to keep herpes sufferers buying medications for life, rather than treat people and make less money. I have read in many places that this is why there is no cure for many terminal illnesses such as cancer, AIDS etc. Maybe there aren’t real cures, maybe there are – but in either case, we’re left out in the cold with nothing to do but keep on paying for the “cures” designed to be used frequently for the rest of our lives.

Don't just rely on the health system for a quick fix, learn about your condition and learn to manage it without pill popping.
Don't just rely on the health system for a quick fix, learn about your condition and learn to manage it without pill popping.

Vote Now!

What do you think is the most annoying thing about having genital herpes? (Voting is anonymous).

  • Pain during an outbreak
  • There's no permanent cure
  • No one will have sex with me
  • I cannot have sex with anyone else
  • My immune system is weaker
  • Other
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Treating The Symptoms As Affordably As Possible

Don’t you just LOVE how people who haven’t had Herpes Type II describe an outbreak as an “unpleasant tingle” or “a bit of soreness” or “minor symptoms”? Let me just say that if any of these people who are blogging about herpes on the net actually had it with proper outbreaks, they would know the pain of weeing for three weeks through razor blades as well as the way all of your new dates, partners and friends make a dash for the door the minute you tell anyone you have it.

As someone who doesn’t want to spend $10,000 a year hoping for a permanent cure that never comes and continually disappoints, I would like to share some things that have worked for me in managing the condition, so you can get the minimum possible amount of razor blades in your life, too.

Genital herpes really hurts when an outbreak occurs - symptoms can last from a few days to a few weeks.
Genital herpes really hurts when an outbreak occurs - symptoms can last from a few days to a few weeks.

Nutribullet Review

I own a Nutribullet and found it a good way to get vitamins into your body quickly. It's a type of juicer and the theory behind it is that it makes food small enough for your intestines to absorb nutrients easier. It's recommended for anyone wanting to boost their immune system, including older people and young children. It's very useful for herpes sufferers because once you've bought it, it's very cheap to make juice (eg. I use half a carrot, half an apple and some spinach for a breakfast juice). Much easier than cooking meals if you're time poor.

The Nutribullet does cost a bit, but since I have used it every day for the past year, I can tell you that it's definitely worth it. Unlike other juicers, washing is easy and involves rinsing a cup and blade - that's it! I have owned other commercial juicers which are noisy, hard to clean and which require significant amounts of fruit and vegetables to make a cup of juice. The Nutribullet allows you to keep all of the pulp in the juice with no wastage. You can also make soups with it too. It truly is a marvellous machine and one that I use a lot to keep me healthy.

HINT
Don't forget to use fresh fruit and vegetables from a greengrocer and not from major supermarket chains.

Getting Enough Vitamins

The first thing you need to do is to make sure your body is getting enough vitamins and nutrients. If you are buying fruit and vegetables from a major grocery or supermarket chain, you’ll need to stop. Go to a small greengrocer.

The reason for this is that herpes attacks your immune system and if you get run down and lack vitamins, you’re automatically going to have more outbreaks. Big supermarket chains like to freeze their fruit and veg (sometimes up to years on end). If you’ve ever tried to fix the flu with a bag of oranges (for Vitamin C) from one of these chains, you’ll know that relief just doesn’t happen.

Try the small greengrocers or farm fresh produce that is not frozen at all – you’ll be able to tell the difference because it will smell strongly and will taste better. If you eat it as a permanent lifestyle change it will boost your immune system well.

Since I switched to a greengrocer for all my fruit and veg two years ago, I haven’t had a single cough, cold or flu, even when flu-ridden co-workers have coughed all over me in an air conditioned workplace. The best part is, it can be cheaper to shop at these fresh food places, though you may have to drive further on your grocery shopping day.

Another way to make the most of these fruit and veg is to buy a juicer, something really simple like a Nutribullet (which only involves rinsing a cup and blade). I’ve owned quite a few juicers in my time and don’t wish to spend half a day washing and putting machines back together so I spent some extra money buying a better juicer so I didn’t have to. I have a Nutribullet juice every morning and it is great for getting vitamins into you and for staying healthy.

The best effect is gained from fresh fruit and veg when you eat them raw, as cooking, baking or boiling produce diminishes the nutritional value of the food. Therefore, eat as many salads or fresh juices as possible and fruit salad and milkshakes are also great!

Some people say exercise can help and if you feel like it, you should definitely do it, though be aware that sweating can be a trigger for herpes outbreaks. I can’t say that exercise is something I’ve been able to stick to or derive much pleasure from, so I make the most of juices and salads instead.

Fresh fruit and vegetables from a market are the best way to make sure you're getting the vitamins and nutrients needed for a healthy immune system.
Fresh fruit and vegetables from a market are the best way to make sure you're getting the vitamins and nutrients needed for a healthy immune system.

Natural Cures For Herpes That Work

OK, here’s a list of reasonably affordable "cures" I have found that help a lot. Herpes is a virus which comes and goes. When it multiplies dramatically in the body, you get outbreaks. A sign of an imminent outbreak is a tingle or itch on the affected areas. If you ignore the tingle, you’ll get full on razor blade pain as soon as the virus multiplies enough to cause blisters (eg over a few days). As soon as you feel an outbreak about to happen, try one of these:

1. Visit The Ocean Or The Swimming Pool

There’s nothing like bathing in sea water or chlorine for 30 mins to get rid of itchiness quickly! Try it in summer. Helps a lot, especially if you had a lover the night before and it feels like a flare up is about to happen.

I have used both of these methods to get rid of itches and tingles (signalling the start of an outbreak). Feel free to have a long dip - an hour or more to reap the full benefits.
I have used both of these methods to get rid of itches and tingles (signalling the start of an outbreak). Feel free to have a long dip - an hour or more to reap the full benefits.

More Information...

If you’d like to find out more about this type of therapy, the expert is Kevin Richardson, who explains all about it (including the history behind it) in his book “The Miracle Cure”, which is where I first heard about it. He claims oxygen therapy is a permanent cure for herpes, but having done the course, I can tell you it isn’t, though at the end of the full program, you can test negative for HPV 2. If you find the dosages in his book confusing, just remember that 8 drops or less per 600ml spring water is the dilution to use.

Avoid buying the book "Get Rid Of Herpes" by Sarah Wilcox, it appears to be a duplicate of "The Miracle Cure", leaving out some of the important stuff.

2. Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide

This stuff works marvellously by supplying additional oxygen to your cells and basically stimulating your immune system to a higher strength. To treat, purchase 35% Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide from a natural food or health food store. It should cost around AU$50 for a litre (a 5 year supply). You will also need to buy a small glass dropper with a vial. You will need to dilute the hydrogen peroxide in spring water (do not use tap water) before using it or you can cause severe injury to yourself.

Here is the official formula:

1 part of the 35% H202 + 71 parts additional liquid (eg spring water) = 0.05% H202 (Safe to ingest, according to the US Government)

Following the formula, I use a maximum of 8 drops of food grade hydrogen peroxide per 600ml of spring water from the supermarket and shake it really well before drinking (if it isn’t dissolved properly you can burn your throat, so shake vigorously). I drink it three times a day when I feel an outbreak coming on. After a few days, the tingling goes away with no blisters. Feel free to dilute it with more spring water if you’re worried, extra dilution does not lessen the effects. I like to give my body a rest after using oxygen therapy as the immune system should not be constantly stimulated, but for the purpose of preventing an outbreak now and then it is fine.

Store the hydrogen peroxide in the freezer (it doesn’t freeze) and keep a small amount in a dropper bottle in the fridge to use, but make sure you keep it away from children and check the depreciation of the strength of it (each year, it becomes a little less potent so you need to use more as it ages).

Buy a 600ml spring water bottle from a supermarket, then add the hydrogen peroxide drop by drop to a maximum of 8 drops. Shake vigorously.
Buy a 600ml spring water bottle from a supermarket, then add the hydrogen peroxide drop by drop to a maximum of 8 drops. Shake vigorously.

Did You Know?

Genital herpes was around in ancient times, centuries ago. People thought it was just cold sores on the unmentionables and it was not considered a big deal - no one worried too much about it because they didn't know you could get it as an STD.

3. Olive Leaf Extract

I haven’t used this yet, but it looks as good as oxygen therapy and follows the same principles regarding eliminating viruses in the bloodstream. Look for olive leaf extract with 20% Oleuropein content (liquid drops in the mouth are supposed to be more effective than capsules).

This does cost a bit but I feel it is quite safe – excess oleuropein is eliminated in urine. I suspect it is easier to take if you have a busy lifestyle and don't want to use oxygen therapy. Take 1500mg per day (3 doses of 500mg) until symptoms disappear, then take the normal dose noted on the bottle as a preventative measure if you like. A brand worth considering is BioActive Nutrients, though there are others around. Just make sure it is standardised to 20% Oleuopein.

Although I haven't tried this, I did extensive research on it and it looks like a great solution to manage and prevent outbreaks. I found a lot of reviews by real people who had HPV2 and recommended it.
Although I haven't tried this, I did extensive research on it and it looks like a great solution to manage and prevent outbreaks. I found a lot of reviews by real people who had HPV2 and recommended it.

4. Avoid Sweat & Wetness

If you have any tingling, soak in a bath for awhile, then dry the area thoroughly and wear cotton underpants where possible. Do not allow the area to remain wet or irritated with sweat or you can almost guarantee what will happen next! Make sure you clean the bath by washing the bath surface with water after you use it, to get rid of cell shedding that puts herpes cells into the bath for the next person. Do not share towels with anyone, for the same reason.

The worst thing you can do after exercise if you have herpes is not to wash off sweat in your nether regions.
The worst thing you can do after exercise if you have herpes is not to wash off sweat in your nether regions.

5. Sleep & Relaxation

If you think your latest outbreak might be caused by emotional stress, then a nice bath and sleep is definitely in order. Be very careful to get enough sleep every night, because if you don’t it will play havoc with your immune system. A good night’s sleep should be top priority.

Lots of people swear by lots of different products for curing herpes on the internet, but the things above were what worked well for me. Other supplements that are supposed to be effective are Lysine, Vitamin C and Zinc (but all of these can be obtained from fresh fruit and vegetables anyway).

Just like you would for any other virus such as the flu, you will need to rest as you'll be fatigued more easily when your immune system is at a lower ebb.
Just like you would for any other virus such as the flu, you will need to rest as you'll be fatigued more easily when your immune system is at a lower ebb.

Common Triggers For Outbreaks

Triggers for herpes outbreaks can be different for everyone, but here are some common ones that many people experience:

Excessive alcohol consumption
Consumption of certain nuts and grains
Smoking
Sweating
Depression and anxiety
Physical stress and fatigue
Caffeine
Not enough sleep
Sugar and aspartame
Menstruation
Vigorous intercourse and masturbation
Extreme cold
Poor diet
Immunosuppressant drugs

Conclusion

Ultimately, it’s all about keeping your immune system up to par, not excessively rubbing/disturbing the area and making sure that any imminent outbreaks are treated immediately. If you manage HPV2 this way, you will definitely get less outbreaks and therefore less pain.

According to the literature, over time you’ll get less frequent and less severe outbreaks as long as you take care of your immune system. Some lucky people lose their outbreaks altogether, though they still carry the virus.

I wish the best of luck to anyone else having this insidious virus and I hope I’ve pointed out some better ways to spend your money as well as give you the lowdown on “cures” so that in your search for finding a cure for herpes, you don’t get ripped off or disappointed.

Disclaimer

Please note that this hub does not constitute medical advice in any form. The author is not a doctor and will not be held responsible for any self-medicating activity resulting from reading this hub.

© 2015 Suzanne Day

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Jodah 21 months ago from Queensland Australia

Hi Suzanne, I applaud you for writing this hub. Herpes is a very common virus but I don't think you will have too many people admitting to being sufferers :) Some will admit to having cold sores, but they are the same virus. Anyway I am sure this will be helpful to and read by many, whether or not they comment. Voted up.


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billybuc 21 months ago from Olympia, WA

I think it is so important that articles like this one be written, and they are particularly powerful and meaningful when written by someone who has walked that path. Well done, Suzanne!


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mary615 21 months ago from Florida

I have a dear friend who suffers from Herpes. She says hers pops out when she is under a lot of stress. Her unfaithful husband transmitted it to her after having a relationship with another gal.

Voted UP, etc. and I am sending her a link to your Hub.


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MizBejabbers 21 months ago

This is a rather interesting take on something that we are told is incurable. Have the doctors tried anything like the nerve drugs, Lyrica or Neurontin, to see if they calm the pain?


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Suzanne Day 21 months ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Author

Thanks Jodah, yes I wrestled with the idea of whether to publish it, but I thought there was too much misinformation out there and most of it seems to have been written by people who do not actually have herpes.


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Suzanne Day 21 months ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Author

Thanks billybuc, I just feel sad for people getting ripped off over illness.


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Suzanne Day 21 months ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Author

Thank you mary615 - I hope it helps her. Why pay lots of money when you can just go to the pool or take some hydrogen peroxide? I was also a victim of receiving herpes from someone who gave me the invisible present then disappeared. Lovely of them. But never mind, it cannot be undone, but it can be managed throughout life.


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Suzanne Day 21 months ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Author

Hi MizBejabbers, I didn't even go as far as having drugs from the doctor. Hey, I've been to doctor's before for usual life ailments and their drugs only seem to help with severe chest infections.....but with all other ailments, I've often found natural cures can work quite well with a bit of research.

The razor blade pain can be very acute and maybe I should take drugs for it. But when I tried hydrogen peroxide and learned how to avoid getting the pain in the first place, there was no need to buy drugs after that.....the trick is to catch it when you get the first sensations of blisters coming on.

I am a bit anti-doctor due to having been used as a guinea pig in the past for all sorts of things. I do believe the medical profession is less about curing people and more about profiteering these days, so I try to avoid it where possible, but if anyone is suffering razor pain and needs help, then go ahead to the doctor's, give it a go and come comment on here so we can be educated about this!

Let's help each other find out what works....


Lilly Bean 21 months ago

There is no cure (no matter what you do), but you can keep breakouts at bay. I have tried many things, and did not like the way the medicines made me feel. I decided to go to all natural. After researching and trying many products, I found Surivon! It is just amazing! If I break out, it stops the pain, and heals the sores in like 2 days. If I use just a little a day, I don't get break outs! YAY.


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Suzanne Day 21 months ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Author

Thank you for sharing Lilly! Sounds like this might be worth a try, will have to check it out ;)


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S Jayaseeli 14 months ago

Love this post!

My ex-boyfriend had trouble with Herpes for over a decade before we met. We are not together anymore mainly because I was scared that I will contract it. I am a germaphobe. He is following natural treatment. His friend recommended the book "Heal Yourself of Herpes Naturally" by Richard (forgot) Frank and he does look better.

The author doesn't sell medicine nor provide any services like lost most cons do. The names of medicines are given in the book along with a wide range of information and we just purchase it from any store we want. He had to undergo intensive detox, follow healthy diet, get sunlight, get massages, do breathing exercises.

I was a bit skeptical when he explained and read it myself. He had a paperback and I didn;t even think of reading it when he gave it to me. I got mine in ebook form. He is happy and looks healthy. That makes me happy.

I hope this info helps someone.


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Suzanne Day 14 months ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Author

Thanks S Jayaseeli. Ultimately, managing herpes is about taking better care of your body and some adjustments in lifestyle to reduce symptoms. Evidence on the internet still points to no permanent cure, but at least I can confirm that the longer you have the virus, if you take care of yourself, over time you get far less outbreaks and issues with it.


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motricio 5 months ago from Bogota DC, Colombia

Thank you very much for collecting all this information about this shameful disease. I got infected in a bad relation and now I'm into this situation, felt really bad about it at the diagnostic and now I realized sometime we don't care about our loved person unless we are in a situation like this one. But even though I managed to overcome all this pain and I'm learning how to feed myself better and take care about my body, stress can be a detonation for spreading the virus again so even I had a hard work I need to control my temper.

I hope this virus can be managed in time for all my life and I hope you to overcome it too. My best wises for you and thank again for taking your time to write about it. No virus or disease can take our lives if have faith in God, Blessings.


Amanda 4 months ago

Hey guys,

In case someone IS truly looking for a "permanent cure", the best I've used so far is one called Herpaflor (but also goes under the name Herpalite - think they've switched names). It's a daily supplement made of natural ingredients and has helped my genital herpes become a non-event.

I recommended it to a friend who has a really bad case of cold sores which covers her face, eyes, arms on a regular basis... she actually tried Herpaflor, then tried prescription antivirals from her doctor, in her words: "they did shit all". I was honestly surprised since those antivirals go through rigorous clinical trials. She reverted back to the Herpaflor/Herpalite daily regime.

I did a price comparison and it ends up being about 30-40% cheaper than prescriptions and other products, depending what you go for.

Hope this tid-bit helps some other peeps having a hard time with the virus. I know it's difficult, especially when you get it without anyone telling you they had it. Stay happy, stay healthy!

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