More than 50 million adults in the US are infected with genital herpes and there are up to 776,000 new infections each year. Some estimates suggest that following this rate, by 2025 up to 40% of all men and half of all women could be infected. Genital herpes is a chronic, lifelong viral infection that is caused by herpes simplex 1. This is merely the definition and its actual meaning is only understood by herpes infected people. It is the infection in the genitals buttocks or anal area caused by herpes simplex virus. It is very common in country like US. Almost one out of 6 people suffer from such infection there.
When the virus is present on the surface of the skin of an infected person, it can easily pass on to another person through the moist skin which lines the mouth, anus and genitals. The statistics given in the first section are a result of the ease with which herpes simplex cant travel from one individual to another. The virus may also pass onto another person through other areas of human skin, as well as the eyes. However a human cannot become infected by touching an object, such as a working surface, washbasin, or a towel which has been touched by an infected person. Some of the causes, which results in genital herpes are:
Yes, even your newborn baby can be infected with herpes if you develop symptoms at the time of delivery. Did you read the news of a 3 months old baby fighting for her life because of herpes infection? The mother was pleading everybody not to allow anybody to kiss your baby after the virus caught her baby via a visitor. There is no age group which the herpes simplex targets. Starting from your newborn baby to 3 months old to someone in his eighties, anyone can get the infection anytime.
What doctors can do for you in herpes? Believe me next to nothing. Based on the questions that whether it is your first outbreak, you are pregnant or not, you will be prescribed some or the type of these antivirals only. The common antiviral medications like Acyclovir and its variants are the generally prescribed medicine to treat herpes. The only favor we have for herpes patients is the antiviral drugs to reduce the time, frequency and intensity of the attacks along with the combination of some painkillers to reduce the suffering. Considering herpes as an incurable disease with the help of antivirals, there is a shift towards curing it naturally. We overlook the useful remedies at home and rush to the medicine store urgently in case of a sudden outbreak or for any other reason. This is due to strict dependency on antivirals. But it is high time now to realize that these are not the only relieving agents and also they never come alone. Antivirals always have side effects, specially their prolonged use leads to complications.
Some have a mindset that home remedies are really difficult to implement at home, but this is not true. They are the easiest way that not only saves your precious money, but also your valuable time. If you doubt my statement, have a look at the easiest and most effective home remedies that you can use instantly.
Grab some ice from your refrigerator
Nothing can be easy as applying ice pack on cold sores. Extensive studies and research sometimes conclude very simple yet effective remedies for herpes, for instance ice pack. Ice pack can give you instant relief if applied for adequate amount of time. Ice cubes can be sued to reduce the swelling or pain or the redness of the herpes instantly. It can be applied every 3 to 4 hours to reduce the pain and redness of sores.
Genital herpes virus infects not only genital parts, but also lips, mouth, etc. Black coffee is one of the best remedies to treat them. Blisters in the genitals cause severe pain and require instant action to be taken. To treat them fast, you are required to prepare black coffee. Let it cool down and take a sip. Hold it in the mouth for some time. Move it onto the lips as well. For best results, repeat the process twice a day.
As easy as taking bath
Do you find it difficult to have bath daily? I am sure not, this is just like everyday bathing, but with a simple twist. Soaking the herpes sores developed on the genitals in warm water relieves the pain instantly. To keep the affected area infection-free and clean, use soap. After all, keeping an area that’s covered with sores clean and free of infection is one step closer to healing the sores.
Latex Condoms and breathable cloths, minor changes bring a lot of difference
One of the most important things to do first when suffering from genital herpes is to wear cotton and loose fitting clothes. It is important to let your body breath. This will allow the air to easily circulate and will keep moisture and sweat away from the herpes infected area. If you suffer from genital herpes, avoid wearing synthetic or silk underwear and only go for cotton underwear or some other type of natural fiber underwear and loose-fitting clothing. Totally stay away from tight fitted cloths as they increases rashes and worsen the condition. If you intend to have sex during an outbreak, make sure you wear latex or vinyl condoms, to protect your partner from getting infected.
Castor oil and coconut oil can do the magic
According to many researchers castor oil consists of multiple complex compounds some of which can get you rid of your genital warts. Apply the thin layer of castor oil on your warts and then bandage the area with a garlic clove, easy enough. Keep this bandage till morning and then remove it. Repeat the same practice for 2 to 3 weeks to see the improvement. Monolaurin consists of glycerol and lauric acid, which together make up coconut oil. Coconut oil is known to have anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. Cooking with it and drinking coconut water increases the immune support. Apply oil directly to sores it will clear them up very quickly. Using coconut oil for herpes treatment can be a really great option to go with.
Lemon balm oil
You can easily grab lemon balm oil from online stores if you find it difficult to get one near your house. The constituents of lemon balm oil- rosmarinic acid, flavonoids and phenolic acid are what make it an effective herpes cure. If you want to choose a tasty still healthy way of using lemon balm, it is the tea made up of lemon balm. Lemon balm tea is a tasty choice for those seeking the medicinal assistance of this herb. The flavor is both lemony and minty. For herpes patients the Commission E monograph recommends drinking a cup of lemon balm tea several times daily. It is not only helpful in treating herpes, but also a health booster. You can also use lemon balm tincture. Lemon balm tincture is an alcohol-based liquid extract. It is one of the best ways to treat a herpes outbreak instantly, either you drink it or apply it on the cold sores externally. The alcohol draws out and preserves the flavonoids and phenolic acids that fight viruses. This way your body prepares to absorb the attack of the herpes virus.
Lysine is an essential amino acid for our body. Lysine is important for proper growth, and it plays an essential role in the production of carnitine, a nutrient responsible for converting fatty acids into energy and helping lower cholesterol. The idea that lysine might work against herpes has some plausibility. In order to replicate, the herpes virus requires arginine, another amino acid that’s common in foods and necessary to human life; lysine is thought to interfere with the absorption of arginine in the intestine. Taking lysine supplements or getting more lysine in your diet (from foods like fish, chicken, eggs, and potatoes) may speed recovery and reduce the chance of recurrent breakouts of the herpes infection. But it is not a good idea to keep up very high doses of lysine for a longer duration. After the outbreaks it is hence advised to reduce the intake.
Aloe Vera has been shown to be effective when used against not only herpes, but a number of viruses. Unlike most prescription drugs, aloe vera has no adverse side effects at all and is affordable to all of us. Aloe vera has excellent anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and immune-stimulating properties. Aloe vera contains over seven different antioxidants and reduces inflammation. These properties are due to the components present in aloe vera plant.Aloe contains substances called polysaccharides, such as acemannan, amino acids, which help in the growth and repair of body tissues, as well as zinc and the antioxidants vitamin C and vitamin E. There is both clinical and anecdotal support for the use of aloe for herpes. Unlike most drugs available, aloe is low-cost and has virtually no known risks or negative side effects. Aloe vera is helpful in accelerating the healing process of rashes in genital herpes, showing relief instantly. In short we can say that Aloe heals sores and lesions, reducing the duration and severity of outbreaks, and also reduces the frequency of outbreaks.
Although it is available in all the forms, i.e. tablets, skin ointment and general creams, aloe is most effective in its natural form, straight from the leaf of aloe plant. The leaf can be broken off, and then the thorns removed with a knife. The leaf can then be cut into approximately two inch slices, and opened to reveal the clear inner gel. If you cannot manage to find it in that natural form, then there are a wide variety of oral supplements available including juices and gel capsules. It is well and good if you get the aloe vera extracted directly from plant but if it is impossible, then you can look out for the least processed product and the one which has aloe vera in highest concentration to do the action instantly.
Tea tree oil
You can get tea tree oil from any medicine cum food store easily. Tea tree oil is actually extracted from the leaves via steam distillation, and maintains its potency for roughly 1 year from the date of distillation when properly stored in a dark glass bottle and out of direct sunlight. It is a very powerful antiseptic, and is used to treat many health ailments. Using tea tree oil can reduce the first stage of a cold sore from two or three days to 12 – 24 hours, especially if you treat it quickly. It is important to act instantly first signal of the cold sore appearing. If you can successfully figure out that it is going to be a cold sore only (if you are a long time sufferer then it is not that difficult to assess the beginning of an outbreak) more than half of the treatment is done. You will have to do least efforts if you start early. Be attentive and never ignore minor symptoms, rest tea tree oil will take care of everything else.