Herpes simplex causes recurrent cold sores which are common around the world. 

You may be able to reduce inflammation, irritation, and other symptoms through a mix of lifestyle changes and dietary supplements. However, these remedies aren’t a replacement for a clinical treatment plan.

Warm compress

Preliminary research of a study by PMC in 2008 suggests that it may be helpful to apply heat as soon as you feel a sore forming. If a sore has already formed, heat may help minimize pain and swelling.

You can make a dry warm compress by filling a sock halfway with rice and microwaving it for just under a minute.

Topical garlic

Older research suggests that garlic may have antiviral properties against both strains of herpes. Crush up a fresh clove of garlic and mix it with olive oil to dilute. You can apply this mixture to a sore up to three times per day.

Diet changes

Eating the right foods and avoiding certain ingredients may boost your immune system and, in turn, help your body fight off the herpes virus.

Anecdotal evidence strongly suggests that changing your diet could help prevent outbreaks.

Although more research is needed, clinical evidence does support some of these claims.

Antioxidant-rich veggies

Eating vegetables rich in antioxidants can boost your immune system. and may minimize inflammation. Cauliflower, spinach, kale, and tomatoes are rich in free-radical binding antioxidants. They also contain more lysine than arginine, an amino acid ratio that’s important to suppressing herpes.

Vitamin C

Researchers have demonstrated that vitamin C can efficiently speed the healing of herpes outbreaks. It may also help prolong the time between outbreaks.

Colorful fruits and veggies like bell peppers, oranges, and strawberries are rich in vitamin C. Mango and papaya fruits also contain the vitamin, without adding a high amount of lysine to your diet.

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Citations:

2008 PMC study on prevention

1992 research on garlic properties

2008 NCBI - The role of antioxidants

2006 - Herpes simplex remedies