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How much monolaurin is recommended daily for treatment of hsv-2?

How much monolaurin is recommended daily for treatment of hsv-2?

None, unless...: Unless there are some good, human research studies that show there is a definite beneficial effect with monolaurin, there is no need to use it for herpes. Testimonials and marketing hype do not count as research. Since monolaurin is not a real, fda-approved medication, one cannot be sure about the products for sale (may vary in purity, additives, effects, side effects, etc...). ...Read more

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Hsv (Definition)

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I have had HSV 2 16 years.Does HSV 2 shorten my life without treatment?

I have had HSV 2 16 years.Does HSV 2 shorten my life without treatment?

No: I have never heard of hsv2 infection shortening life expectancy. ...Read more

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Is it true that there have been cases where patients have tested negative for hsv-2 after a year if treatment when they were previously hsv-2 positive?

It depends...: If the original test positive detected the virus from a genital area sore (culture or PCR), you definitely have HSV2 and your recent negative (blood?) test is false. If the first was a blood test, most likely that one was false and you may not have HSV2 after all. Maybe more to say if you would like to post a new question with details, including numerical results of blood tests (both HSV1 and 2). ...Read more

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Can a treatment to remove molluscum in genital area cause an outbreak in an hsv-2 positive person?

Can a treatment to remove molluscum in genital area cause an outbreak in an hsv-2 positive person?

Likely not: While skin injury (like a sunburn) can lead to a recurrent bout of herpes, molluscum treatment is not likely too so. That being said I am sure there may be some reports of just that in the medical literature. Still, it is not a common occurrence. ...Read more

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Does diet impact frequency of hsv 2 outbreaks? If suppressive therapy is taken, what time of day is best?

Does diet impact frequency of hsv 2 outbreaks? If suppressive therapy is taken, what time of day is best?

There is /are: no medical data or evidence based medical studies showing the direct effect of nutrition on outbreaks of hsv2! As long as the suyppressive therapy is taken REGULARLY and DAILY likewise no evidence that the TIME of day makes a difference! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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In addition to suppressive therapy, what else should a person do to reduce frequent hsv 2 outbreaks? What can be done to strengthen the immune system?

Sorry, not much: Unfortunately, no proved methods. Maintaining health (rest, exercise, balanced diet) is always good. Avoid things that seem to trigger oubreaks, but clear triggers are rare for genital HSV2; outbreaks are random and don't indicate immune system weakness. Suppressive therapy is the only thing that works reliably. Frequent "outbreaks" while on suppression usually turn out to not be herpes. ...Read more

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My girlfriend and i both have hsv-2, she is on suppressive therapy, I have finished mine but have an outbreak. Can the virus spread more between us?

My girlfriend and i both have hsv-2, she is on suppressive therapy, I have finished mine but have an outbreak. Can the virus spread more between us?

No you already have: You are already infected and can not get more infected, but if you have an outbreak you should be on suppressive therapy as well talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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I have hsv-2 and i'm in daily Valtrex (valacyclovir) therapy, can I use steroids (wistrol)? Does it have any interaction with the disease or medication?

Anabolic steroids: These are not likely to have interactions with valacyclovir or your hsv infection, but you should double check with your pharmacist who has access to up to date computer records of interactions. You should also strongly reconsider the reasons for taking these. ...Read more