Are Antivirals really the best option for Herpes Treatment – See the Reality.
Are you taking help from antivirals for combating herpes outbreaks? Have ever thought about how much beneficial antivirals are for you? If there is no problem in taking antiviral drugs for herpes treatment, why should a herpes patient wait for the herpes outbreak to hit them instead of taking an antiviral every day to suppress the herpes outbreaks? If you haven’t taken this issue seriously, it is high time you start thinking about it because it is related to your health. Not only herpes infection, but the antivirals you take also have a direct impact on your health. Suppressive therapy was once in trend and thousands of herpes patients lived their life with a pill every day to avoid the inconvenience caused by herpes outbreaks. Some took it because the frequency of their herpes outbreaks was very high while many others who didn’t really need it also joined them to avert the outbreaks. But do you think the outbreaks are that much danger that you would better bear the side effects of antiviral drugs? Herpes is not life-threatening, then why are so many people scared of it? And when there are antiviral drugs, why should we seek another treatment for herpes? Why are antivirals not your best option for treating herpes? Today you will get the answer to all of these questions. Let us first understand what herpes is and what trouble herpes outbreaks bring into our bodies.
Herpes is a sexually transmitted disease caused by HSV (herpes simplex virus). There are two types of herpes viruses causing herpes, i.e. HSV Type 1 and HSV Type 2. It is passed from one person to another by close and direct contact. The following are the mediums through which herpes simplex virus gets transmitted from one body to another.
- Kissing where the virus gets transmitted through saliva.
- Unprotected anal, oral or vaginal sex
- Any type of direct skin contact with the infected person
- Intercourse with multiple partners
- Exposure to ultraviolet rays
- Any ignorance while performing surgery on the genital area
- Touching the blisters or sores directly can also lead to the transfer of the virus
- Direct contact with mucous membranes or saliva of the infected person
- Herpes virus can also transfer to a newborn baby from a herpes infected mother at the time of vaginal delivery.
Illness, stress, menstruation, fatigue, and surgery act as a trigger for the herpes outbreaks. There are several other factors also, but compromised immunity and stress are the leading triggers for herpes. And once the herpes simplex virus becomes active, you suffer from herpes outbreaks. Many people with Herpes, especially soon after being diagnosed, feel shame and embarrassment and fear telling anyone they have it. Others feel guilty and full of self-blame thinking that they “brought it on themselves”. All these make a way for the virus to control your thoughts even when it is not sitting in your mind. Antivirals have no impact on your highly stressed mind and no doctor take into consideration such a crucial factor. So, half of the role of treating herpes with antivirals vanishes with the fact that they do not take any psychological impact into consideration.
This is just one aspect where antivirals fail badly and gradually you will realize how antivirals end up being triggers for herpes outbreaks. It is crucial to know what are the effects and side effects of antivirals, which has become an inseparable part of the lives of herpes patients. Also, you should know your antivirals more deeply, with the difference between each one of them. The most commonly prescribed medications for herpes are acyclovir and its variants. There are three generally prescribed antiviral medications that are approved by FDA also- acyclovir, valacyclovir, and famciclovir.
Acyclovir is the oldest antiviral medicine available since 1982 and this probably is the first antiviral drug that will be given to you when you are newly diagnosed with herpes. Valacyclovir is a newer version of acyclovir that efficiently delivers acyclovir into the human body. And famciclovir is believed to stop the replication of herpes simplex virus inside the human body.
Why are we stressing about the ineffectiveness of antivirals in herpes treatment when the world is using it extensively? In reality, it is just another myth associated with herpes that it can be treated with antivirals. The entire world, just like you, now knows it quite well and hence is searching for an alternate cure for herpes. We will talk about it in the coming sections, and here you will get a holistic and side-effect free cure for herpes too, but before that, you must understand the flaws in the treatment method you were using all this while. Here are the two strong reasons behind antiviral not being the best.
Why Antivirals Are Not Your Best Option for Herpes Treatment – A Huge Number of Temporary and Permanent Side Effects…..
All the three drugs are known to have a large number of temporary and permanent side effects. Acyclovir, being the oldest has the largest number of side effects. Starting from nausea, it may cause vomiting, diarrhea and headache. And wait, it is not going to stop here, you may feel agitation, confusion, rashes, anemia, and muscle pain, hypersensitivity reactions, seizures, agitation, and hepatitis as well. If you think its variations are better in any way, coming are the side effects of the two new drugs for herpes treatment. Valtrex, also called Valacyclovir, is the most common name on the doctor’s prescription list if you go for treatment of herpes. Side effects of Valtrex may include a headache, dizziness, tired feeling, depression, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, joint pain, menstrual pain, skin rash, stuffy nose, or a sore throat and the list is still not complete. You can expect similar ill effects troubling you if you are using famciclovir. Do you still think antivirals are the best way to cure herpes? If yes, you must read why we cannot call antivirals even a cure for herpes.
Why Antivirals Are Not the Best Choice for Herpes Treatment – Their Inability to Cure Herpes
For this, we should first understand the actual difference between curing and treating. Treating a disease is like giving relief as we do in first aid sometimes, but curing means making sure that you have eliminated even the traces of the cause behind the disease. So, we cannot say that antivirals cure herpes. Forget curing, these chemically composed drugs do not even treat the problem completely because they do not have any mechanism to tackle the psychological issues. Why are we actually taking antiviral drugs then?
These antiviral drugs with a few painkillers every day can suppress the effect of the reoccurring infections in herpes. You can get temporary relief in almost all the symptoms, but, as soon as you stop taking the pills, the same symptoms will hit you again. So, by taking antivirals you are making your body addicted to a chemical that is not a perfect cure for herpes and not safe as well.
It’s a bitter truth that whatever the doctor prescribes cannot do anything to free your body from virus. Rather it just slows down its working, its intensity and can reduce our time of suffering, that too, till the time you are eating pills like food. Some people don’t get any outbreaks, living their lives with one antiviral medicine daily. But this is not what we call a cure, right! And the price you have to pay in order to avoid herpes outbreaks is a clear compromise with your health. Yes, you are compromising with your overall health as well as immunity. Repeated intake of antivirals in herpes lead to a weakened immunity and with a weak immunity, you are more susceptible to the attack of herpes simplex virus. This means the more antivirals you take, the more you will need them in near future. So, this way, antivirals in herpes act as triggers for herpes, don’t they?
Now, I don’t think there is no need to ask you people explicitly to leave antivirals, at least for herpes for which there are many options available. Yes, there are not one or two but many effective herpes treatments available and now when you are clear about the ineffectiveness, ill effects and compromised immunity, we should tell you about the best possible alternatives. There are a few natural products that are nowadays becoming the favorite of every herpes patients. The reason is lack of side effects and the ease with which you can use these products at home. You can use tea tree oil, turmeric, mushroom or Echinacea. These are a few natural products that can be used in herpes to get better outcome while eliminating the side effects of the antivirals. Antivirals cannot be the best option for treating herpes. When we have these natural medicinal herbs acting in favor of our health, why don’t go for them?
Apart from these very common natural herbs, we can also trust on some rare, but well-researched herbs for treating herpes. Holy basil, babool, babchi, khair, giloy and mehendi are some of the names which are being used in various ayurvedic medicines. These are mentioned again and again in several ayurvedic texts, but today we can use them freely because they have been backed by strong research pieces of evidence. Today, we have enough research pieces of evidence proving the safety and efficacy of these medicinal herbs. So, to get magical results, better choose the best and antivirals for sure are not the best choice for treating herpes. If you too believe in this, you can try simple natural products for dealing with herpes of low intensity.
For stronger results, you can use Ayurveda as this also is just the blending of natural herbs according to scientific formulas. Ayurveda contains all natural products and no chemically synthesized drugs or chemicals are used. Neither in the process of manufacturing ayurvedic medicines nor as ingredient Ayurveda allows chemicals to enter the human body, hence we can say that Ayurveda is as safe as natural products in raw form. As far as effectiveness is concerned, you can expect a lot of psychological as well as physical healing from Ayurveda for herpes treatment. So, even an illiterate person can figure out what is going to be the best choice for herpes treatment, and hence we leave the decision on you. Decide, act and live a life free of herpes and a life free of other diseases too.