Herpes is viral infection that is very contagious and can easily be transmitted through direct contact or through sexual intercourse. There are two types of herpes simplex virus; herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV 1) and herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV 2.) Herpes infections can range from appearance of cold sores and blisters to several parts of the body; like the lips, mouth, ear, eye, chin and the genitals, to more serious and rare condition called encephalitis. Though there is no cure for herpes, its effects can be managed with the aid of certain home remedies for herpes, or with pharmaceutical topical medicines.
HSV type 1 commonly known as the fever blisters or cold sores is the most common type of this disease. It is mainly transmitted by direct contact or when exposed to people who are affected. Even new born babies can easily get infected if they come in contact with an infected family member. Part of the body easily affected with herpes sores are the lips, nose, tongue, ears, chin, and others.
Sexual intercourse with an infected partner or with many partners is the most probable catalyst for contracting herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV type 2.) Most common area of the body affected by HSV type 2 are the vagina, male’s private parts, cervix and around the buttocks. HSV type two is the most serious and punishing. It can make urination hard and very uncomfortable, even with occasional and unbearable burning sensations.
This disease once it infects an individual will remain in the body for a very long time; and when it breaks out, the phases of recurrence may linger for months. In certain situations, starting from the initial infection, the virus may actually travel to the nervous system and makes the neuron its residence, eventually weakening even the nervous system. Because of that, it will be helpful to boost our immune system – primarily with good hygiene, diet, exercise and frequent visits to the doctor.
Right now there is no cure for herpes, even though there are some antiviral oral and topical medications available for relief. Even though this can be very costly, and the disease are never fully cured, there are some recommended home remedies for herpes that people can make from their homes with some ingredients found at most homes.
– Household items like baking soda is believed to relieve insect bites and skin inflammations. Putting cornstarch or baking soda with cotton ball on the sore or blister area will help calm the itching and soreness.
– Drinking calming tea such as peppermint or chamomile will help calm one’s nerves and ease the discomfort; after that you can use the tee bag on the blisters or the sores (black tea is better.) Note that the tea bag must be immediately disposed of after such application.
– One can also apply ice on the sores for 10-15 minutes.
– Milk can also be applied; dip or soak ball of cotton in milk and place it on the infected spot.
– Aloe Vera in its natural plant form, or its pure mixture form bought from the market, but not necessarily the cream that contains little amount of aloe vera.
– It is also advisable to wear loose underwear or nothing at all, so not to aggravate the sores with friction. The sores need air to heal, and any cover on them is counterproductive. This is also why ointments and other topical applications, unless directed by the doctor, are not advised.
These are topical medicines and home remedies for herpes to help cure it. It is always a good idea to speak with your physician before using of these herpes remedies. This is probably one of the obvious types of infections where talking to your doctor matters a lot; regardless of what type of treatment you’re getting.
By: Emeka Ezidiegwu
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