Recent studies have revealed that over an estimated 50000000 individuals around the world suffer from oral or genital herpes, a condition that can be extremely embarrassing to reveal and treat. Forget the humiliation!Herpes can be a very painful condition to deal with as well. Also called as fever blisters or cold sores, herpes can lead to several serious conditions like Parkinson’s disease, dementia and Alzheimer’s etc. So it is considered imperative to treat the condition as and when the initial symptoms start occurring in order to avoid complications later on.
Although Herpes can be treated with standard medications and treatments, there are several natural remedies that offer relief from the condition and its symptoms. In addition to being very effective in treating/controlling the condition, these natural remedies do not produce any harmful side effects on the body. Furthermore, they can also be considered as the best form of treatment for individuals who fail to respond to medications and other forms of treatment.
Effective Natural Remedies For Herpes
Here are some of the most common natural remedies for herpes. Note that it is always considered best to get the condition checked by a physician beforehand and get his/her advice on the remedies you wish to use to control it. While mild cases of herpes can be treated with these remedies, you would probably need to see the doctor and opt for other forms of treatment if the condition is severe.
Another pointer: A remedy that you choose for Herpes may not necessarily work on your body. So make it a point to try at least a couple of remedies to see which one works best on your body and the condition.
A Must: Practice Proper Hygiene
A person suffering from herpes must practice proper hygiene at all costs. Touching or poking the sores could cause the infection to spread to the other parts of the body. Make it a point to keep your body clean at all times of the day. Wash the affected area with water and wash your hands with a proper disinfectant afterwards. Wash your hands even if you come in contact with the sores accidentally.
Don’t let moisture collect in the affected area as this could aggravate the sores. As soon as you wash the area, dry it with a soft towel. Make it a point to dry the area regularly to prevent control sweating. Apply some baby talcum powder or cornstarch (for women especially) to the area once you dry it.
Drink Plenty Of Water
Water is a very effective natural remedy for herpes that can take care of the condition from within the body. Drinking plenty of water every day would enable your body to flush out the harmful toxins that could be causing the condition or contributing to it indirectly.Getting rid of these harmful toxins (and other unwanted impurities) from the body would reduce the severity of the condition and make it easily treatable by other remedies and treatments.
So make it a point to drink at least 6-8 glasses of water every day to get quick relief from herpes and its symptoms.
Apply Some Baking Soda Or Cornstarch
Note that you would need to keep the affected area as dry as possible in order to promote quick healing. One of the best ways to do that is to apply some talcum powder on the affected area as soon as you dry it (after washing or bathing). Talcum powder is generally not advised for women though as it increases the risks of ovarian cancer.
Baking soda or cornstarch can act as a suitable alternative to talcum powder, especially for females suffering from herpes. Dip some cotton balls in cornstarch or baking soda and gently apply them on the cold sores. Don’t use the same cotton repeatedly as it could cause the infection to spread.
Use Iced Tea Bags For Relief
Don’t throw out those tea bags just yet! You may have some use for them if you tend to suffer from herpes. Keep some tea bags in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes. Once they are cold enough to handle (not too cold though), remove them from the refrigerator and place them on the sores for about 10 minutes. The tannin present in the tea powder would effectively help treat the cold sores and prevent flare ups as well.
Make sure you dry the area thoroughly afterwards.
Try Some Ice Packs
Herpes can be very painful and itchy. If you can’t seem to handle the itchiness and irritation caused by the condition, opt for ice packs that you can place directly above the affected area.Doing so can help reduce the pain and irritation in addition to preventing flare ups.
Accordingly, place some ice cubes (crushed ice works better) in a thick sheet and tie it to form a bag. Place the bag on the affected area for about 10 minutes and repeat the procedure several times every day. Make sure you use a separate ice pack for each session. Wipe the area thoroughly with a soft towel afterwards.
Milk Works As Well
If you can’t seem to get your hands on ice or tea bags during a sudden flare up, opt for cold milk instead. Dip some cotton balls in cold milk until the balls are completely soaked. Place the cotton balls on the affected area for some time to alleviate the pain. Keep a couple of cotton balls handy as using the same balls repeatedly could cause the infection to spread or contaminate the milk.
Make it a point to wash the area with water and dry it properly afterwards.
Take A Warm Bath
A warm water bath or shower can help reduce the pain and irritation caused by herpes to a great extent. It can also get rid of the virus causing the infection. Opt for a warm water shower and stand under a steady stream of water, making sure the water falls directly on the cold sores.
Alternatively, soak your body in a tub filled with warm water for about 10-15 minutes until the pain reduces. Make sure you clean the tub properly afterwards as the virus can remain in the tub and cause recurrences (and affect anyone else who takes a bath in it). Dry the affected area properly with a soft towel immediately after the bath.
Change Your Clothing
If you suffer from genital herpes,make it a point to wear cotton undergarments instead of synthetic ones. Cotton clothes would be airy and comfortable for the body, and would promote quick healing of the cold sores.
Wearing tight clothes, especially tight pants, trousers and shorts can restrict air flow to the affected area and prevent the sores from healing. Therefore, make it a point to wear loose, comfortable clothing until the condition is completely cured.
Opt For Sun Blocks
Herpes can also be triggered by exposure to the suns’ rays in certain cases. If so, then applying a good quality sun block on the affected area can help prevent flare ups to a great extent.
Choose a product that is both standard and does not cause any side effects. Don’t lather on too much sun block though as this could cause the affected area to become moist,thereby aggravating the condition.
Herbal Remedies That Would Offer Relief
There are plenty of herbal remedies that offer relief from herpes and its symptoms in addition to preventing outbreaks. These include silica gel (topical application would have a cooling effect on the pores), tea tree oil (topical application would dry the sores and quicken the healing process),St.John’s Worst (taken orally as capsules or teas to prevent herpes related depression) and bitter melon juice (oral consumption daily would get rid of the virus causing the condition) etc.
Other common herbal remedies used to treat Herpes include aloe vera, lysine, Echinacea, bee products (containing propolis), Siberian ginseng and zinc. Make sure you check with a herbalist before opting for these remedies in order to avoid unnecessary side effects.