The herpes simplex virus is the virus that causes the condition of herpes. There are two variants of the herpes simplex virus, namely type 1 and type 2. Type 1 virus is what causes cold sores while the type 2 virus causes herpes in the genital area.
Medical experts are able to diagnose herpes by conducting several blood tests. Herpes is an extremely contagious virus and one must exercise utmost caution when coming in contact with someone suffering from this condition. The sad truth about this virus is that there isn’t any actual cure for herpes. Doctors are only able to suppress the symptoms of the herpes virus, whenever the situation flares up.
Through medication that aims to counter the effects of the herpes virus, medical experts are able to prevent frequent reoccurrences of this condition. Even after the situation has been treated, the herpes virus can get reactivated in a person’s body, due to a host of reasons. The common triggers are stress, surgery, certain sicknesses and even physical injury or trauma.
Since there is no real cure for this condition, doctors normally prescribe medication to prevent frequent bouts of herpes. Besides these conventional medicines, there are many remedies available in nature, which are able to successfully alleviate the symptoms associated with this painful ailment.
Licorice root is very beneficial in the treatment of herpes. This herb needs to be taken on a regular basis in order to gain relief from herpes. Licorice root helps to combat the inflammation that commonly occurs during a bout of herpes. This herb is to be consumed in the form of herbal supplements that can be taken daily, till the symptoms of herpes wear off.
The tannic acid present in black tea is a very effective remedy for the inflammation associated with herpes. In order to make use of this remedy, you are to take a tea bag that has already been used. Chill it for a while in the refrigerator, before you use it. Take this chilled bag and put it directly on the affected area and leave it in place for about ten minutes.
By doing so, you are giving the tannic acid a chance to act on the inflammation. Regularly using a tea bag directly on the affected area has brought much relief to those suffering from this agonizing condition.
Ice has been recommended in the treatment of herpes as it is quick to relieve the pain and inflammation associated with this condition. When the area flares up, take an ice pack and place it gently over the affected areas. Keep moving this ice pack slowly so as to prevent burning from the ice. An ice pack effectively counters the symptoms of pain and itching that are associated with herpes.
Aloe Vera has been used in the treatment of many skin conditions, irrespective of whether they are mild or severe. In the case of herpes, medical experts recommend the use of aloe vera gel locally on the inflamed skin. Aloe is a powerful antiseptic and is suited to all skin types. Since the herpes affected skin is very sensitive, it is advised that you use aloe vera gel as a topical lotion, as a reaction to aloe is highly unlikely.
This remedy is highly useful in the treatment of type 2 herpes. In this case, Epsom salts are added to the patient’s bath water. The patient is then made to sit in this bath water thereby allowing the Epsom salts to act directly on the inflamed skin. In the same way, one can also make use of Epsom salts by adding it to a sitz bath where only the region between the hips and knees is immersed in water. Epsom salts should be used on a daily basis in order to get much needed relief.
Lemon balm has been used successfully in many cases of type 1 herpes, also known as cold sores. Lemon balm has been used as a topical lotion in these cases. Care must be taken to avoid ingesting lemon balm as far as possible. This remedy helps in dealing with the inflammation that is a rather common symptom of herpes.
This vitamin has helped in treating many cases of herpes. Both type 1 and type 2 herpes cases have been dealt with, using this vitamin. Vitamin C is widely acknowledged for its action on viruses of any kind. Herpes being viral in nature is also countered by this strong vitamin.
Doctors recommend the intake of a moderate amount of vitamin C in the form of supplements. Added Zinc supplements will help to speed up the process of healing in the body. A regular consumption of vitamin C not only effectively counters herpes but also prevents future bouts of this severe condition.
This popular herb is to be taken internally for relief in cases of herpes. Researches conducted on various sufferers of this condition have shown that Siberian Ginseng helps in alleviating the symptoms of herpes. It also helps to reduce the severity of herpes, particularly with regard to the inflammation.
Astragalus has been held in high esteem for its prompt action on herpes. When taken internally, this herb helps to strengthen the body from within, making it less prone to herpes attacks even in the future. This herb can be consumed in the form of herbal tea that can be prepared using the dried extracts of the root. Alternatively, Astragalus can also be consumed by making use of its readily available pure liquid extract.
Witch hazel is beneficial in the treatment of herpes, particularly cold sores. This herb must be applied as a topical lotion in order for it to act effectively on the sores. Witch hazel lotion is easily available and is prepared from the extract of the leaves and bark of this plant.
This lotion is very mild on the inflamed skin and can be applied as often as seven times in a day. Witch hazel helps to speed up the healing process of herpes. It does this by causing the cold sores to dry up at a fast rate. It also eases the discomfort caused by the acute inflammation of the skin.
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