There are actually two kinds of herpes; the genital and oral herpes. The virus that is responsible for the proliferation of this genital herpes is the HSV type 2, while oral herpes is caused by the type 1 HSV which causes sores in the mouth area; both kind of herpes can be contracted and spread through sexual contact with the person infected with the virus. Symptoms are rarely seen or visible on the person infected with the virus until an outbreak happens.
A person who has herpes usually develops blisters and lesions in the affected area, which can be either in the mouth or genital area of the person. One fact that is devastating about herpes is that it is not curable; however, the virus can be successfully controlled if you know the kinds of food to avoid if you have herpes. Understanding the disease and knowing which foods to avoid if you are infected with herpes, are great ways to combat and control the spread and outbreak of the virus. Modern technology in the world of medicine allows the expert to device effectual list of food to avoid when you are infected with herpes virus.
One of the worst foods to avoid if infected with herpes virus is peanut butter because it has high content of arginine an amino acid that exacerbate the outbreak of the herpes. Other foods that are rich in arginine include chocolates, nuts such as almonds, chestnuts. These are the foods to be avoided by the herpes patients. The outbreak of the herpes can be triggered by the imbalance intake of the foods that are rich in lysine and arginine. It is important to avoid foods that are rich in arginine if you are taking lysine supplement because arginine can outpace the effect of the lysine to the body.
Other foods to avoid if infected with herpes are the ones that are rich in sugar such as sodas, and beverages rich in caffeine like black tea and coffee. Junk foods should also be avoided at all times because they tend to weaken the immune system of the herpes patient and when you have a weak immune system that is the time that the herpes virus replicate itself which can trigger the development of sores and blisters in the genital area.
It is a known fact anywhere in the world that chocolate is very much loved not only by children but by adults as well. Not only because it is thought to be a food for sex but because chocolate possess elements that are highly beneficial for the human health. However, there have been published article reports which say that chocolate can actually activate herpes virus in women. A 2003 report says that one of the chocolates ingredients, metylxantil helps to suppress the immune system, a situation that helps trigger the herpes virus. Chocolate is a kind of food to avoid both by women and men with herpes virus because it contains very high amount of arginine.