Herpes is a type of infection caused by a virus called HSV (herpes simplex virus). In this infection, the virus causes adverse effects of the outer skin of the body on different parts such as the external genitalia, skin near the mouth and lips, and in some cases, herpes may affect other parts of the body as well.
Herpes is a long-term medical condition. The Herpes Simplex Virus travels from one infected person to another through skin-to-skin contact, kissing, sharing personal items, and unprotected sex. It can also be a result of stress and immunosuppression. There are cases where people who are infected by the herpes virus do not experience any symptoms of the infection. There is no absolute cure for herpes, but if you use good medication along with the hereinafter mentioned home remedies you will find the very effective and useful.
The symptoms of herpes can be found in two cases. First is the Primary infection, when herpes breaks out for the first time near lips or genitalia. Also, these are severe. Second, is the Recurrent infection. In this case the symtops are not very painful and severe.
Symptoms of herpes are written below:
- Formation on blisters on mucose have glands, such as lips, external genitalia, vagina, or on the cervix
- Discharge from the vagina
- Irritation and pain from itching
- Formation of lymph nodes which are delicate and enlarged
- Painful urination
- Frequent fevers
- Sores around the lip
Herpes: Home Remedies
Ice Packs. If you want to relieve pain fast, you must use ice packs. They can be bought at any medical store or make one at home. Take some ice and crush it a little. Place these small ice pieces in a cloth and rub the infected area with this icepack. This will help to ease the discomfort and pain very fast. Use an icepack regularly for easing the infection.
Apple Cider Vinegar is a very useful home remedy against herpes as it has many disinfectant and properties. It can be applied very easily. You just need to use a small piece of cotton and dip it in the apple cider vinegar. Now, gently clean the infected area with this cotton. At the beginning you may feel a pinching sensation on the infected area, but try to bear the tingling sensation a little. The vinegar can also be consumed by making a mixture with water.
Hydrogen peroxide is a must have home remedy for any person infected by the herpes virus. It is a great disinfectant and antiseptic, thus very useful. You can directly apply the hydrogen peroxide to the infected area by a cotton ball or you can crush a tablet of lysine. It may feel very harsh sometimes and thus can be used as a mixture with water. Regularly use this method, several times a day and it should get cured fast.
Garlic is another great home remedy for herpes because it properties of being anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and antiviral. The chemical, Allicin is present in garlic in its raw form and thus is helpful in treating herpes. You can use freshly crushed or buy garlic oil to treat the infected area. Take an ample amount of the garlic (in any form) and apply on the infected area. Repeat this for several days and apply it for at least 10 minutes a day.
Lemon balm is enriched with a compound called eugenol, which is famous for its pain relieving, antibacterial and antiviral properties. You can also make some lemon balm tea twice or thrice a day or you can even apply the lemon balm teabag or oil on the affected area for 10 to 15 minutes for over a week. Do this and watch the symptoms subside. Avoid consuming lemon balm tea though if you have high blood pressure.
Liquorice root is an Indian herbaceous perennial legume which has great anti-inflammatory properties. IT is very helpful in treating herpes infection and along with it, it strengthens the immune system of the person. This is because of glycyrrhizin, found in liquorice root. You can buy a liquorice root powder from the market and use it by mixing it with water. Regularly apply the mixture on the infected areas, for at least three or four times a day, utill completely healed.
Tea tree oil has properties such as pain-relieving, antibacterial and antiherpetic. These properties make it very useful against the infection of herpes. Also, it has antiviral properties with help to kill the herpes virus and heal the infected area. The tree oil is easily available at the market. You just need to apply a little amount of the oil on the infection. Regularly apply the oil after cleaning the skin with cotton balls.
Coconut oil comprises of profuse amounts of acids such as capric acid and lauric acid, which are very useful in inhibiting the herpes virus in the body. Some studies have supported its effectiveness. It is recommended that you intake 3 tbsp of pure coconut oil daily. This amount must be consumed at least twice or thrice a day. This should result in the decrease of the symptoms of herpes
Aloe vera is considered a universal solution for every skin ailment and thus also very helpful against herpes infection. It has anti-inflammatory properties and is very useful to heal sores. Aloe vera can be used as fresh pulp or as aloe vera juice. Now apply it on the infected area and let it dry on its own. Clean the area with warm water after drying. A regular application of it will help decrease pain and blisters.
All these home remedies are easily available and accessible. They are mostly non-allergic to all skin types. The aforementioned remedies are to be used regularly and as described. Proper use of these remedies to treat herpes should be helpful. If the aforementioned remedies do not decrease the intensity of the infection, please consult a doctor. If you have a weak immune system then there is a more likely chance of you having problems in lessening the infection at home. Therefore, a consultation with a doctor is a must.
If the problem increase, a proper examination of the body is required, this will reveal the history and intensity of herpes. The doctor can help you with the process. The above remedies can be used along with the medication by the doctor.
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