– where you will find all the free advice and information on recognising, managing and treating herpes outbreaks and cold-sores.
HerpesFree – Our mission
We aim to provide all visitors with access to clear, simple and useful information regarding the various forms of the Herpes Simplex Virus, the risk of infection, symptoms to look out for as well as recommending treatments and methods of prevention. So, if you are in the 60% of the UK’s population that suffer from herpes or cold sores or if you are just looking to gain a better knowledge about how to identify and treat this common problem, you can find it here! Use this website as a point of reference to answer any/all questions and find inspiration on how to overcome frequent outbreaks of herpes and cold sores without breaking the bank.
The focus of herpesfree.co.uk is to provide information and spread awareness about the long-term treatment and prevention of herpes and cold sores that appear in certain areas over the body and inform the public and raise awareness on how to avoid spreading herpes and cold sores.
To make living with herpes and cold sores much easier there are loads of supplements and products available. Living a life with HSV need not be expensive or problematic. Read about prevention and treatment of herpes here.
What is Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV)
This highly contagious and easily recognised skin and mucosal disease causes small blisters to form around the affected area, once these burst the area becomes sore and inflamed. However, many people can carry the Herpes Simplex Virus without being aware or displaying any symptoms until the first outbreak. The HSV virus is split into 2 categories HSV-1 and HSV-2. HSV-1 or oral herpes causes sores around the nose, lips and mouth, but are not necessarily contained to this area and HSV-2 or genital herpes. This is not to say that HSV-1 cannot cause genital herpes but often HSV-2 is the root of genital sores and itching.
The picture below shows an enlarged image of a particle carrying the herpes virus.
Did you know that:
- HSV-1 is the most common and far-reaching of the two forms of herpes and is commonly known as cold-sores. We will provide more in depth information about the different types of the Herpes Simplex Virus, how it occurs, how to prevent its spread and how to treat it.
- To this day the only carriers of this virus have been identified as humans.
- You only need to be infected once by each type of the HSV virus and you will carry it forever.
- There is no cure, at the time of writing, of herpes. But there is plenty you can do to avoid outbreaks.
What is a Virus and How do they operate:
Viruses are microorganisms made up of DNA (genetic material) wrapped in a skin of protein. They survive by attaching themselves to living human or animal cells allowing them to control and multiply within this cell and eventually spread to other cells.
The most common areas where herpes can be found are the mouth, nose and genital area. These areas are more susceptible to the HSV virus as they are not protected by a layer of skin so the viruses have easier access to the cells which provide the best growing conditions.
Herpes is not the only disease that is caused through the spread of viruses. Other highly contagious diseases such as colds and flus and more serious, life threatening viral diseases such as HIV/AIDS, Coronavirus and Ebola.
Viruses are different to bacteria as they are much smaller and require a living host in order to spread and grow, whereas bacteria can multiply and spread in almost any environment as they multiply within their own cell rather than using a host cell to multiply. Viruses can also change their shape and appearance and are also resistant to antibiotics which makes treating HSV difficult. Herpes and cold sores are only ever caused by the spread of the HSV.
HSV-1 & HSV-2
HSV-1 and HSV-2 can both be defined as herpes. However, when speaking of herpes most members of the public will automatically think of genital herpes even though cold sores on the lips, nose, mouth are also caused by the same virus.
Most cases of the common cold-sore are caused by the HSV-1 infection and HSV-2 appears as sores and blisters on and around the genitals, but there are cases where the reverse has occurred with HSV-2 being found in sores on the face. There are people who are unfortunate enough to suffer with both HSV-1 and HSV-2 at the same time.
There is plenty more information about the different types of HSV here!
Stigma surrounding Herpes
Not only are cold sores and herpes painful and uncomfortable to live with, there is a strong negative stigma attached to carrying and displaying this common disease.
When it comes to herpes there is a common misconception that herpes is exclusively a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Therefore, to display a cold sore is to be perceived as having an STD, which can be embarrassing and can negatively affect a person self-esteem and confidence which can in turn influence a person’s mental health.
Typical spread of HSV2
It is true that herpes, specifically HSV-2 is most commonly spread through sexual acts such as kissing or oral sex, but this is not the only route which herpes can use to spread from one person to the next for example sharing a toothbrush with someone who is displaying signs of cold sores. However, many people who carry HSV are already infected as a child or in adolescence. It is important to be aware that HSV-1 and HSV-2 can be spread even if there are no symptoms being displayed.
There is not a single person we have met that wears their cold sores with pride and we want to change that!
No matter what type of HSV you’ve got you are not alone. HSV-1 and cold sores are one of the most common diseases in the world today. Read more about the worldwide commonness of herpes below!
Do you often suffer with outbreaks of herpes and cold sores?
Worldwide, 3.7 billion people under the age of 50 carry the HSV virus, most commonly found is HSV-1 or oral herpes. So, you are not alone! It is particular to each person how often and the severity of each outbreak or flare up, and many people suffer with regular outbreaks. Some causes of frequent flare ups are:
- Sun exposure
- And if your immune system is trying to fight an illness.
For other lucky people, it can be months even years in between outbreaks. In the UK 60% of the population carry HSV-1 and 10% carry HSV-2. In 2017 more that 30,000 UK citizens were diagnosed with HSV in total. This is not particular to any gender and is found spread across all races and ages.
Treatments/Remedies – Can Herpes be cured?
The cure of HSV is currently still unknown, so dealing with outbreaks and flare ups is a life long struggle for those carrying the Herpes Simplex Virus. However, don’t fret there are many alternative treatments mother nature can provide to help reduce frequency of outbreaks, soften hard scally scabs and in some cases, avoid flare ups, anywhere on the body, all together. We will also touch on some options that can be bought over the counter at your local pharmacy such as, Bongela, Blistex, Compeed and Zovirax.
Under the Prevention & Treatment tab above we provide a mass of information on methods and means of avoiding and preventing herpes and cold sore outbreaks, from the face all the way downstairs. If the recommended treatments do not prevent outbreaks we provide ways of shortening the duration of these painful flare ups.
No Symptoms doesn’t mean No Herpes.
It is easy for many people to be carrying the Herpes Simplex Virus without experiencing any symptoms and in fact not ever be aware they carry the virus. These lucky people will have very few, if any, outbreaks.
Viruses can be sneaky, residing in the nerve fibres of the backbone and central nervous system, going unnoticed until they decide at random to break out and cause painful, blistering cold sores and herpes.
Pregnancy and Genital Herpes
Many pregnant women worry about how the HSV-2 virus can affect their foetus, which is only natural. We have therefore provided a specific tab on pregnancy, children and herpes.
Natural birth is the most common form of giving birth even if the mother is infected with herpes. In extremely rare cases where the mother is experiencing their first outbreak of genital herpes in their last trimester, there can be an increased risk of the baby contracting the virus during childbirth.
In this case doctors may recommend a caesarean section to reduce the risk of transmission of HSV-2.
Treatment of Herpes in Pregnant Women
Taking antiviral medication that is prescribed by a doctor is not specific to non-pregnant women, women who suffer with herpes during pregnancy will be prescribed the same antiviral drugs as non-pregnant patients. But if there is an alternative natural supplement that will help avoid the flare up of herpes whilst pregnant, most women, we believe, would prefer this to a chemical medication.
Of course, pregnant women should always make their doctor and midwife aware if they carry the HSV virus or if they believe they have been exposed to infection during pregnancy.
Children & Herpes
In very rare cases of neonatal and infant herpes the child can potentially be in danger. In our Pregnancy, Children and Herpes section you can read up about why women with outbreaks of herpes are having more caesarean sections than previously.
There is a difference between first time outbreaks risk of transmission and recurrent cold sores and herpes in the mother and what options there are after birth.
Scientific Data vs Practical Experience of HSV
We have collected our knowledge and information from listening to professional researches and doctors, operating in the medical field focused on the Herpes Simplex Virus, and compared these to the life experiences of members of the public that carry and suffer with flare ups of cold sores and herpes. Throughout our website, you may encounter a humorous tone, we know that this disease is not necessarily a source of entertainment and it is not fun to learn you could be or are infected with HSV.
However, it is important to remember there are much bigger problems in our world today and even though herpes cannot be cured at this moment in time there is a wealth of knowledge surrounding treatments. There is a lot you can do to reduce flare ups and outbreaks and treat and heal the wounds that you may receive as a result of the HSV virus.
Keep yourself updated on research and remedies
We are active in keeping up with the latest research, scientific studies and medical results, which help us to decide on which products to promote and sell in our shop. Our products are carefully selected and everything available via our shop has been tried and tested on ourselves. This way we can provide the best natural products to ensure positive results for all.
We are in no way sponsored or endorsed by any pharmaceutical or health foods company.
Never-ending Cold Sores and HSV1 outbreaks– No Thanks!
Many of the prescribed generic medicines provided by doctors have either been insufficient in tackling and healing herpes and cold sores or have been associated with multiple negative side effects. Those that have previously searched online for information on alternative treatments have more than likely found this to be an extremely time consuming and ineffective due to the multitude of knowledge and information available, usually spread over different more or less credible websites.
Our website is unique as we have spent years reading, researching, trialing and testing a wealth of alternative treatments not prescribed by your local GP. With the tabs above we aim to display in a simple and informative way our experience and knowledge as well as share the results we have achieved. Therefore, all of our products and methods are recommended as we have experienced them ourselves and have seen and felt the benefits.