posted on Mar, 19 2012 @ 12:26 PM
Most people end up battling cold sores eventually. It usually starts with idiot aunts and grandma's insisting on kissing babies on the face when
their immune systems are not ready to fight anything off. (oh the fights I've had with the elder women in my family about this). I haven't had a
cold sore in over thirty years so I can't speak about lysine from my own experience but I've had to deal with a form of herpes that affects the
respiratory system and eyes of the cats I've rescued. Our veterinarian recommended L-Lysine supplements and I can say that the supplements have
helped my cats go into remission. When I researched it I learned that the same principle works for humans and the forms of herpes they suffer. It's
a lot to go into here but what I understood of reading about it is that the L-Lysine counterbalances the effects of another amino acid, L-Arginine,
which the herpes virus thrives on. So you will need to read up on how to alter your girlfriend's diet to put the ratio of L-lysine to L-Arginine in
the favor of Lysine. Supplements may not be the way to go about it because they can cause stomach upset. My cats are on Lysine only when they need
to be, for that reason.
There are topical lysine gels and creams available where lip balm is sold but I don't know if they work. But it is worth a try.
Regarding the advice you got to dump your girlfriend, the thing to keep in mind is type I and Type II are almost interchangeable these days due to so
many people practicing oral sex. So a person who has the Type I form showing up on the mouth had better not practice oral sex or it will become
genital herpes for his or her partner. And again, type I is present in a ridiculous proportion of the population. Even children get cold sores.
Type II lesions can also end up manifesting themselves pretty much anywhere, according to the comments I came across on the subject. Now I'm not sure
about this, research it yourself, but I think, again, due to the things people do these days, Type 2 may show up as an oral form. Meaning someone who
originally had it only on their private parts, did something oral with person B, who then gets it as an oral form, kisses person C, who ends up with
cold sores and finds to their shock they've got the stigmatized kind. So even if your girl turns out to have type 2, she could have come across it
pretty innocently, I think. Regardless, herpes viruses are so varied, so pervasive, and so readily transmitted, we may as well stop stigmatizing
people (and cats) and accept we are all battling one huge pox, so to speak, on us all.