Herpes is a viral infection which after remaining dormant for several years surfaces again causing the disease. Most people who have had chicken pox in their childhood retain this virus in their bodies in a hibernating state and later on, it becomes active and erupts in the from of blisters which contain the virus.
After the initial infection, the sensory nerves carry the viruses to the nerve cells where there remain in a passive state throughout the life. But sometimes these viruses become active again due to a weak immune system. When the immune system becomes weak, it is unable to control the overgrowth of these viruses.
Oral herpes which is the most common form of herpes, affects the face and the mouth and its main characteristics are sores and lesions. Genital herpes which appears in the form of blisters and ulcers, is the second common from of herpes.
It appears in the genital areas and also affects the thighs and buttocks. Both these diseases are caused by herpes simplex viruses. There is intense itching and burning and often the blisters fill up with fluid which keeps oozing out of them.
Effective Home Remedies For Herpes
Baking soda a common ingredient found in every kitchen has great medicinal values. It is especially very good for all types of skin infections. It has the ability to draw out the infection and dry up the oozing fluids. Its alkalinity provides instant relief in the itching and as a result the burning subsides automatically.
Mix two teaspoons of baking soda with a little water to form a paste. Smear the paste all over the affected areas. Coat the blisters with it properly and leave it to dry. Apply a fresh coat as soon as the previous one starts to come off.
Epsom salt has huge amounts of magnesium and sulfate. Magnesium has a cleansing effect on the virus and it also provides immense relief in the itching. Sulfate helps to flush out all the toxins from the body and boosts immunity. Both these substances are easily absorbed by the skin and released into the bloodstream.
Fill your bath tub with warm water and stir in one cup of Epsom salts into it. Soak your whole body for half an hour. Use this soak two or three times daily.
Boric acid has potent cleansing and antiseptic properties. It also has the ability to destroy microbes and effect quick healing. To treat herpes the foremost requirement is to keep the sores and blisters and the surrounding areas absolutely clean. Take a basin and fill it with hot water.
Mix two teaspoons of boric acid with the water. Then take a wad of cotton and dip it into the solution. Squeeze out the excess water and apply the wad to the sores and blisters. Keep doing this for fifteen minutes. You will find your itching has reduced considerably.
Sprinkle some cornstarch onto a cotton ball and dab the cornstarch all over the blisters to dry them out. The cooling effect of cornstarch will also alleviate the itching and pain.
The tannins found in black tea have the ability to draw out the infection and drain the fluid from the blisters. Place a wet tea bag directly on the sores. Apply three times regularly.
Caution: Please use Home Remedies after Proper Research and Guidance. You accept that you are following any advice at your own risk and will properly research or consult healthcare professional.