Herpes simplex virus type 1 and herpes simplex virus type 2 are viral infections that cause blisters and cold sores on different parts of the body. The cold sores and blisters are most noticeable around the lips, chin, inside the mount, eyes and around the genitals. Herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV 2) can infect the cervix, which if left untreated may result to cervical cancer. The brain is also not immune to this type of viral infection; it can enter and inflame the brain to cause a condition known as encephalitis. Herpes is one of few viral infections that have no cure; however, the effect of the disease can be minimized with the use of certain topical creams, or by simply using some at home remedies for herpes.
The most common type of herpes simplex virus is type 1 which is often referred to as cold sores or blisters. 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. Areas of the body mostly vulnerable for infection are the lips, chin, nose, eyes, tongue, ears etc.
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. Type 2 is the most serious and most painful. It will make going to the bathroom to urinate very difficult, as the burning sensation could be hard to tolerate.
This disease once it infects an individual will remain in the body for a very long time; and when the breakout occurs, the appearance and recurrence may last for months. In some cases, beginning from the time the infection was first discovered, the virus could actually move to the nervous system and reside there, and as time goes on, it will weaken the nervous system. As such, it is a good idea to boost one’s immune system - primarily with good hygiene, diet, exercise and frequent visits to the doctor.
Presently there is no known cure for herpes, albeit there is available antiviral topical and oral medicine 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.
- Baking soda is known to relieve skin inflammation such as insect bites. Putting cornstarch or baking soda with cotton ball on the sore or blister area will help calm the itching and soreness.
- Peppermint, chamomile or other calming tea could help in calming the nerves and help lessen this discomfort; after which one can apply the used tea bag on the sores (black tea is preferred.) Remember that the used tea bag should be disposed of right away after each use.
- 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, taken either as a plant or the pure gel that can be bought on the market, but not lotions and creams that only contain, perhaps negligible amounts 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 also best to consult with your doctor first before trying out any of these remedies. This is without a doubt the type of infections that you should discuss with your doctor; no matter what type of medical care you are receiving.
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