l-arginine and oral herpes

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  1. thatcareforgot

    thatcareforgot New Member

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    just wondering---- i'm 21, and have occasional problems sustaining an erection. everybody on this site recommends l-arginine to improve erections, but say that those with herpes should avoid it. i occasionally get oral cold sores. how much of a risk do i run of triggering them if i start taking l-arginine?
    what else could i take that might help???
     
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    hey
    as far as I know (and my experience) factors that cause oral herpes recurrence vary from person to person.
    So, just try and let us know!

    luis
     
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    a friend of mine swears by lysine (an essential amino acid). he says to take 1-2 tablets a day. also, mix a crushed tablet with water and put the paste directly on the cold sore before going to bed. he says it will be gone in a day or two.
     
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    I have heard that L-arginine will agrivate oral herpes during an attack and yes I have been told by a doctor to use L-lysine as a regular supplement to suppress oral herpes. I take 500 mg twice a day on a regular basis. I have found when I start to get the itch on my lip that I double the l-lysine, 1,000 mg twice a day and I usually don't blister!
     
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    I get a cold sore every now and then, too. when I first feel them forming, I take some Tea-tree oil and place a few drops on it. I do that three times a day and in a couple days it's gone.
     
  6. Mr. Snakey

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    Yes L- Arginine can make it worse. If you have Herpes dont take it.
     
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    I have heard the same thing. I experimented with L-arginine a while back in an attempt to try to increase the volume of my ejaculate. I also used to have fairly persistent cold sores. At the time I didn't know there could be a connection.

    I stopped taking L-arginine a while ago and haven't had a cold sore in ages. I've been thinking of taking it again and I'm curious to see if I get a cold sore when I do.

    I did read somewhere a while back that if you have a herpes outbreak while taking l-arginine, you should also take l-lysine to help prevent/clear up the outbreak.

    When I get a cold sore I've tried treating it with a topical lysine ointment. It doesn't seem to help much, but it helps a little and works better than anything else I've tried.

    I was just reading yesterday that l-lysine supplements may help increase the body's ability to resist skin infections, including fungal infections. I'm sorry to say that I've got a stubborn case of jock itch which comes back every time I stop the topical antifungal treatment, so I'm going to start taking l-lysine supplements to see if it helps the infection go away.
     
  8. Mr. Snakey

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    Yes it can bring on cold sores
     
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    Like people have been saying, if you have problems with HSV outbreaks while on Arginine, try balancing it with Lysine.

    There is some scientific basis for this, e.g.:
    AVMA - American Journal of Veterinary Research - 61(12):1474 - Abstract

    The other important thing is to treat supplements like you would treat other drugs/meds:
    * Read up on the side effects and commonly used doses.
    * Use the lowest effective amount.
    * Ideally, do not make rapid changes: don't just one day start with 5 g/day or L arginine; rather, start with 500 mg or 1 g and ramp up as necessary.
     
  10. Mr. Snakey

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    If you have Herpes or Aids stay away from this. Do not take this at all. Do a search. Do some reading. Get informed.
     
  11. thatcareforgot

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    well- i guess the jury is out: consensus says i should stay away from l-arginine.

    does anybody else have any supplements to recommend that might help me sustain stronger erections? magnesium? anything? help!
     
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    I've been taking 500 mg l-arginine twice a day (the recommended dose on the bottle) since my original post from about a week ago, and sure enough I woke up this morning with the beginnings of a cold sore. I'm also taking l-lysine, but obviously it didn't prevent the outbreak. I will quite the arginine and continue with the lysine, and hopefully this will clear up quickly.
     
  13. Mr. Snakey

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    Stop taking them. It will make it worse. Anyone with Aids or someone with Herpes should not take this.
     
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