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Does red light therapy help with herpes?

If you’re one of the many who suffer from the painful and disruptive symptoms of herpes, you know how hard it can be to find treatments that actually help. Antiviral medications only go so far, and many over-the-counter ointments only mask the problem temporarily. But there is hope. An innovative natural treatment called red light therapy is providing real relief for herpes sufferers. Red light uses specific wavelengths of light to reduce outbreaks and ease symptoms. The best part? It’s completely safe and free of side effects.

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In this guide, we’ll explain what red light therapy is, how it can help control herpes, and why RedDot LED products offer the most effective solution for at-home use. Let’s shed some light on the power of red light therapy!

Understanding Herpes

Herpes is a common and incurable viral infection. It’s caused by two types of herpes simplex virus: HSV-1 and HSV-2. Many contract herpes in childhood by skin contact and it stays in the body forever. The virus has periods of dormancy followed by outbreaks of painful rashes and sores, usually by the mouth or genitals.

Let’s look closer at the cycle of herpes:

– Viruses transmit through contact and enter cells.
– Viruses multiply inside cells and shedding can infect others.
– The virus goes dormant in nerve cells after initial infection.
– Later, viruses reactivate and travel along nerve paths to surface (an outbreak).
– Outbreaks cause lesions, flu-like discomfort, burning, and itching.
– After about 2-3 weeks, sores heal and the virus goes dormant again.

Herpes signs and symptoms include:

– Tingling, burning, or itching before blisters appear
– Small red bumps becoming painful ulcers or blisters
– Blisters/sores leaking fluid and scabbing over
– Flu-like symptoms during outbreaks like fever, headache, fatigue
– Swollen lymph nodes in the groin or neck
– Cracked, red skin around affected areas
– Difficulty urinating during genital outbreaks

Living with unpredictable outbreaks can negatively impact one’s quality of life. While antiviral medications can help, they often have side effects and cannot eliminate outbreaks entirely. This is where red light therapy provides hope. Red and near-infrared light interact with cells to reduce herpes activation and replication. Let’s explore the science behind red light’s therapeutic effects.

Understanding Herpes

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Introducing Red Light Therapy

Red light therapy, also called photobiomodulation or low-level laser therapy (LLLT), uses light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to deliver beneficial wavelengths of visible red and invisible infrared light that interact with bodily tissue.

Red light was discovered by NASA scientists exploring plant growth and wound healing potential in space. Further study demonstrated powerful beneficial effects at the cellular level:

– Increases ATP energy production and blood flow
– Reduces inflammation and oxidative stress
– Stimulates collagen production and tissue repair
– Accelerates healing and reduces pain

These cellular effects of red and near-infrared light translate into therapeutic benefits for many conditions. Red light penetrates tissue to reduce inflammation, increase circulation, speed healing, and enhance skin health. It’s a potent natural therapy with no adverse effects. For herpes sufferers specifically, red light can suppress virus activation and outbreaks. But how exactly does the treatment work its anti-herpes magic?

How Does Red Light Therapy Suppress Herpes?

Research shows red light therapy works to control herpes in multiple ways:

  • Stabilizes cell membranes: Red light improves cell health and function, making them more resistant to viral entry.
  • Increases blood flow: Better circulation provides immune cells greater access to infected areas.
  • Reduces inflammation: Light decreases inflammatory cytokines that activate herpes.
  • Slows viral replication: Red light directly disrupts herpes virus reproduction.
  • Activates T-cells: Immune cells attack and destroy viruses.
  • Accelerates healing: Light promotes faster recovery from outbreaks.

These antiviral actions mean red light can stop herpes outbreaks before they start while shortening symptom duration and severity when they do occur. But what wavelengths work best? Clinical studies find red light between 630-670nm and near-infrared light between 810-890nm inhibit herpes most effectively. Red light penetrates skin to stimulate cellular metabolic processes that suppress viral activation. Near-infrared penetrates deeper to further disrupt virus replication. Using both ensures comprehensive antiviral effects.

How Does Red Light Therapy Suppress Herpes?

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Studies Confirm Red Light Therapy Inhibits Herpes

Extensive medical research provides hard evidence that red light therapy effectively suppresses herpes simplex viruses:

In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study in 1999, researchers found that red light therapy cut the healing time in half for recurrent herpes simplex.[1]

Another 2013 study found that the average healing time was reduced in the red light treatment group compared to the control group.[2]

Finally, in 2014, a more than one-year clinical study found that the frequency of herpes outbreaks, healing time, and symptoms were significantly reduced in the red light treatment group compared to the control group. Results showed that red light therapy could significantly improve a person’s genital herpes outbreak.[3]

The proven anti-herpes benefits of red light therapy make it a superior option compared to medications and ointments alone for managing outbreaks long-term. Now let’s look at what makes RedDot LED the best choice for convenient, effective red light therapy at home.

Why Reddot LED Products Are Your Best Choice?

While clinical red light therapy devices effectively treat herpes, at-home use provides the most convenient, consistent relief by giving you access to red light whenever you need it. But not all at-home devices are created equal.

After extensive research, RedDot LED red light therapy panels are by far the most effective for herpes. With patented medical-grade LEDs, optimal wavelength and power density specs, smart safety features, durable design, and after-sale guarantee, RedDot LED products outshine all competitors. Their red light therapy devices are overwhelmingly top-rated for effectiveness and value.

Experience the light of relief for yourself with RedDot’s industry-leading at-home red light therapy products. Don’t live another day with disruptive outbreaks – the power to take control is in your hands.



[1]A Schindl, R Neumann. Low-intensity laser therapy is an effective treatment for recurrent herpes simplex infection. Results from a randomized double-blind placebo-controlled study. J Invest Dermatol. 1999 Aug;113(2):221-3.

[2]G Dougal, S Y Lee. Evaluation of the efficacy of low-level light therapy using 1072 nm infrared light for the treatment of herpes simplex labialis. Clin Exp Dermatol. 2013 Oct;38(7):713-8.

[3]Intsar Salim Waked, Abdel Hamid N. Deghidi, Randa Shalaan. HONEY PHONOPHORESIS VERSUS LOW INTENSITY LASER THERAPY IN FEMALE GENITAL HERPES. International Journal of Current Research and Review. 2014 May;6(10):08-15.

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