A lot of people have been asking if there are any natural remedies for the long-term condition, herpes. Well, as well all know this has been a dilemma for some also since there are those who never experience the symptoms even though they’re already carrying the virus.
Let’s try to define and understand what herpes first is.
According to The New Zealand Herpes Foundation, being diagnosed with herpes is both confusing and confronting. Almost 80% of the people diagnosed with herpes don’t even know they are infected with the said virus since having this condition can sometimes give you mild symptoms or worse, none at all.
Herpes is a virus that is very common to mankind since it is one of the most caught sexually transmitted disease. There two kinds of herpes; (1) HSV-1 or the oral herpes and (2) HSV-2 or the genital herpes.
Symptoms of herpes
The herpes virus can stay in a person’s immune system for a lifetime. This can cause the person to experience blisters, cold sores, and ulcers. If not being given attention, cold sores could result to redness, pain, and sometimes burning. Unfortunately, aside from the physical discomfort that a person with herpes is going through, it may even have an emotional impact on the person due to embarrassment.
As mentioned earlier, some people do not experience any symptom from the herpes virus. However, that could only be possible if the individual knows how to manage triggers and outbreaks.
Outbreaks are results when the HSV virus travels to the nerves paths and then reaches the surface of the skin. When this happens, outbreaks could cause severe symptoms which include the following:
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Cracked genital area
- Headaches and backaches
- Flu-like symptoms
Moreover, there are two things you need to remember with such symptoms.
Keep in mind that not everyone who caught the virus would automatically experience the symptoms. Some people won’t experience the symptoms and might even take days, weeks, months, and even years before the symptoms show up.
As confusing as it may be, some people think the symptoms are signs of other infections. They would even think they are just suffering from a yeast or any bacteria infection. The safest thing to do on this one is to talk to an expert and have things assessed properly.
Experiencing such discomfort prompted a lot of people if there are any treatments for the said virus. Well herpes be it oral or genital, is not curable. However, there are still possible ways that can place herpes into remission.
Ways to naturally treat herpes
In order to prevent the breakouts from occuring, you will need to boost up your immune system. You will have to maintain a healthy lifestyle by trying to keep a healthy diet as well. By doing so, you will not only get rid of the herpes but you can also prevent other viruses from taking place in your immune system.
Know what to include in your diet
Some of the foods that you can include in your diet as well as the ones you should avoid are listed below.
What to eat:
- Foods that contain L-lysine
- Wild-caught fishes
- Orange and red vegetables
- Foods that contain zinc
- Clean and lean protein
What to avoid:
- Processed foods
- Added sugars
- Foods that contain L-arginine
- Foods that contain too much acid
Consider supplements and essential oils
Another way of how you can treat herpes naturally is by trying to take supplements or rather apply essential oil on the affected area. If you will go for the essential oil remedies, keep in mind that there are still some precautions to be considered; (1) Application must be controlled so you can start with 1-3 drops on the affected area, (2) if you have a sensitive skin, you may mix the essential oil with coconut or jojoba oil to dilute the oil a little.
Some of the supplements you can take for herpes must include the following:
- Vitamin C
- Lemon balm extract
- Antiviral herbs (e.g. elderberry, garlic, calendula)
Essential oils you may try are the following:
- Clove oil
- Tea tree oil
- Myrrh oil
There are also some natural ways where you can treat cold sores. Keep in mind that upon treating cold sores, you will have to be extra careful and must be responsible for your actions. Some of the natural treatments that you may try out include the following:
- Avoid touching open sores during a outbreak. If you really wish to do so, be sure to wash your hands first
- Use a warm towel to easy the pain of the affected area or rather take a warm bath instead
- Aside from essential oils, you can never apply any other oils or products since they can increase the swelling
- Avoid kissing or sharing utensils with others
- Use separate towels for the body and the face since contact from open sores to your mouth could transmit the virus
- Once your cold sores have healed, replace your towels, toothbrush, soaps.
Herpes Precautions and Risk Factors
You must understand by now that herpes virus are often caught by having a sexual contact from someone who is infected by the same virus. You may also be vulnerable to herpes most especially when you’re having nutritional deficiencies and your immune system is not that strong. Both HSV-1 and HSV-2 are acquired from having a direct contact with someone who has an active herpes virus.
HSV-1 virus is acquired by oral-oral contact while HSV-2 virus is passed through oral or vaginal contact.
To prevent catching these viruses, consider these things:
- Never kiss someone who you think has symptoms of herpes
- Never engage in unprotected sex
- Never have sex with multiple partners
- Never have skin to skin contact with someone who has open sores
- Make sure you supply your body with the proper nutrition that you need to avoid weakening your immune system
- Never abuse alcohol, drugs, and cigarettes
As stated above, some people who may have been infected by the virus may not experience any symptom at all. The best way to make sure that you are safe from the infection is to see a doctor and have yourself checked.
We have also provided some natural remedies on how you can try treating symptoms of herpes. However, there are also cases where doctors would give a prescription to the patient. If treating herpes in a conventional way, the patient could use some over-the-counter painkillers and antiviral medications, and even prescribed creams and ointments.
Herpes could really bring inconvenience to an individual and it’s alarming to know that the number of people being infected by this virus is getting bigger and bigger. It is best that as early as now, you must understand how this virus spreads and must know the ways on how to prevent it. You may refer to the guidelines we have provided above.