Herpes is contagious and is caused by Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV). It is an infection which can directly be contracted through sex, kiss and touch or even indirectly by sharing the personal items of the infected person.
Herpes which appears as red swelled liquid filled blisters can appear near eyes, face, mouth, lips buttocks, genitals and area around genitals can affect both men and women. The virus HSV is a dangerous virus which can cause brain infections, chickenpox and even cancer.
Herpes can recur frequently during the year. Most of the time infection remains dormant and outbreak can be sudden. The Herpes sores/blisters can be painful. Herpes has no permanent cure. Symptoms can be managed by many home remedies. These natural remedies for herpes, in many cases can be more effective. They have no bad side effects as compared to over the counter medicines.
Try These 7 Easy to Follow Natural Remedies
1- Ice Cubes or ice packs
Numbing the herpes sore or affected area with ice can help pain relief. Continuous application of ice can be inconvenient therefore intermittent dabbing of the sores can be an effective way to treat herpes with ice packs.
- One of the simplest but effective ways is to rub ice cubes on the herpes blisters for 5-10 minutes. Take an ice cube and gently rub it over the affected area. If the ice is melting fast then take another ice cube and continue rubbing for the time given above. Make sure that you don't touch the herpes sores by your hands.
- Other method and perhaps better method is to apply ice packs. Crush the ice cubes in a thick cotton wrap and dab it on the herpes sores for 5-10 minutes. Dispose-off the cotton cloth after use ensuring no one touch it. This method though convenience, requires additional precaution to stop infection to other people.
- Application of ice on genitals should be of shorter period to avoid any tissue damage.
You can repeat the method every couple of hours.
2- Baking soda
Apply baking soda also called soda bi- carbonate on the herpes affected area to get pain reduces the itch and resulting pain. Following application method will help.
- Take some baking soda on a cotton ball and gently spread it over the herpes blisters. Dispose of the cotton balls safely. Don’t dip the cotton again in baking soda after use. Just take new cotton ball for each application.
- Once again you have to ensure that you don't touch the herpes affected area by your fingers.
Do this 2-3 times a day and one more time before going to bed.
3- Tea bags
Many people have found teabags useful in Herpes outbreaks. This and all the other methods mentioned here are based on people’s experiences collected on the net. None of these methods have been scientifically assessed to measure their effectiveness.
- Apply warm teabags on the affected area for immediate relief. Once again be careful to avoid spread of infection by touch while applying the bags.
- This is particularly very handy when the herpes infection pain is difficult to bear. This application of teabags will relieve you from the pain within 10-15 minutes of application.
- The tannin in the tea is antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antiviral. Regular application may darken the skin patch in some cases.
Once the herpes pain subsides you no longer need to repeat this.
4- Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is used to treat many skin conditions as it is a very potent moisturizer. It soothes the itch of Herpes and improves the skin of the affected area with regular use.
- It is better to take raw Aloe Vera Gel as compared to the commercial packs. Take an Aloe Vera leaf. Remove the gel from the inside of the thick leaf by removing the outer. You can keep the gel in glass container in the refrigerator for further use.
- Simply apply the gel on the sores. You will feel immediate relief from the itch.
You can take an Aloe Vera plant from a nursery and multiply it by planting stems from the plant at your home garden for herpes and other skin conditions. Extract the gel from the core of a stem and keep it under refrigeration for later use.
5- Corn Starch
Corn Starch powder is also one the very effective herpes treatment. It dries the affected area and keeps the itch under control. Most household kitchens generally have corn starch at home.
Application is very similar to the above explained baking Soda. You can apply it 2-3 times a day and one more time before going to sleep.