Herpes Simplex

Cold Sores/Fever Blisters
A spreading cutaneous eruption. Any inflammatory skin disease caused by a herpes virus and characterized by the formation of clusters of small vesicles. When used alone, the term may refer to herpes simplex or to herpes zoster.

Herpes simplex, caused by Type 1 virus and primarily spread by oral secretions, usually occurring as a concomitant

of fever, but sometimes also developing in the absence of fever or prior illness, and commonly involving the facial region, especially the vermilion border of the lips and the nares; the vesicular lesions are self-limited. Also called cold sore and fever blister.

Herpes simplex, a group of acute infections caused by herpes simplex virus Type 1 or Type 2, characterized by the development of one or more small fluid-filled vesicles with a raised erythematous base on the skin or mucous membrane, and occurring as a primary infection or recurring because of reactivation of a latent infection. Type 1 infections usually involve nongenital regions of the body, whereas in Type 2 infections the lesions are primarily seen on the genital and surrounding areas. Precipitating factors include fever, exposure to cold temperature or

to ultraviolet rays, sunburn, cutaneous or mucosal abrasions, emotional stress, and nerve injury.

Traumatic herpes, primary cutaneous herpes simplex acquired by direct exogenous infection of traumatized skin, usually associated with localization of lesions to the area of trauma and regional lymphadenopathy and often by symptoms of systemic illness such as fever and malaise. Such infections have been seen in wrestler's herpes and acquired from mats or body contact.


Nutrients Involved

Vitamin C, bioflavonoids, L-lysine, vitamin A, Echinacea


Suggested Nutritional Supplementation


  • L-Lysine - 6 capsules on an empty stomach initially; then 1-2 capsules 3 times daily on an empty

stomach until lesions heal.

  • ImmuCore - 2-6 tablets daily

ImmuCore is designed to provide a multiple mechanistic approach to support healthy immune system function through enhancing activities of macrophages, natural killer cells, and T cell subsets.

  • Echinacea Synergy - 1-2 tablets 3 times daily. Herbal support for immune function.


Stress Support

  • Serenagen - 2 tablets 2-3 times daily with luke warm water in between meals.

Serenagen is a classic, comprehensive herbal stress management formula targeting individuals who are

"stressed and wired".


Additional Considerations

Avoid  foods  especially  high  in  arginine which stimulate herpes outbreak (chocolate, peanuts, nuts, seeds, cereal grains, carob, raisins). Avoid excessive stress/anxiety as this is one of the greatest predictors of herpes outbreak.


Dietary Suggestions

  • FirstLine Therapy® Diet

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