Here are 6 herpes treatments that actually work, and the sad part is that, just like all the other sexually transmitted infections, it’s embarrassing too. There’s no cure for herpes.
However, we do have home remedies that can help ease the discomfort. (Disclaimer: I’m no doctor but I do know a few things).
• Olive oil
It helps alleviate physical pain by moisturizing the affected areas. It’s common knowledge that herpes appears in form of red, swollen, pus-filled blisters. These blisters may appear on the lips, eyes or on genitals. The antioxidants in olive oil fight these swollen inflammations.
How does this work? Olive oil revitalizes dry skin. Add three tablespoons of olive oil to tablespoons of honey. Apply this mixture to the swollen areas. Ensure that you do not apply unnecessary pressure to the affected areas as this may cause pain.
• Ice Packs
Isn’t this everyone’s go-to remedy for physical pain? This is arguably the easiest treatment. During outbreaks, take an ice pack and cover it with a clean towel. This ensures that it doesn’t get too cold thereby inducing numbing.
You could also use crushed ice cubes wrapped in cloth. Gently press the towel on the affected parts. Take care not to apply excess pressure as this may bring to purple spots. Doctors generally advise against exposing body parts to ice.
There are claims that ice damages tissue even though there are no studies supporting the same. Repeat this procedure three times every day for maximum effect. TIP: Make a point of using a clean towel every time. This ensures that reinfection doesn’t occur. Used towels should be disinfected by hot water.
• Aloe Vera
Its common knowledge that Aloe Vera is used in treating minor cuts. But how many of you know that it actually helps fight herpes? Aloe Vera generally stimulates skin tissue regrowth. It’s an effective pain reliever due to its anti-inflammatory properties. When applied, it stimulates the body’s natural immune system disinfecting the affected areas.
• Tea tree oil
Even though there are many herpes treatments, most of them aren’t as effective. Why is this the “miracle” skin oil? It’s no coincidence that most bruise and acne shampoos are based on this tree’s oil. This oil contains Antifungal compounds effective in reducing inflammations.
Herpes is characterized by swollen blisters. Apply this oil in moderation to the affected areas. Once absorbed by the skin, it unblocks the sebaceous glands, activating the skin’s natural healing mechanism. In addition to drying up the bruises, it also creates a protective coating over the wounds that help keep germs and physical debris out.
Ensure that you buy it in its 100% pure form. Sadly, unscrupulous manufacturers will do anything to save a few bucks (including using lesser proportions of this oil)
• Baking Soda
Even though household baking soda is commonly used for treating other skin conditions, it is surprisingly effective in treating herpes. It works by reducing the itchiness and inflammations brought by herpes.
Please note that baking soda and baking powder don’t refer to the same thing. Add a few tablespoons of baking soda to an equally-small portion of carrier oil. Stir to form a paste. Use your hands when applying this solution to the itchy parts. Let it stand for about ten minutes before wiping it off with a clean cloth. You could also use paper towels.
Why are they on our herpes treatments list? This brightly-colored sour fruit has flavonoids that help heal the skin. It’s commonly used in sore-relieving ointments due to its antibacterial powers. Purchase a lemon balm and apply it directly to the sores.