Herpes treatment and remedies at home
Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease and can be contracted by engaging in oral, anal or vaginal sex. The symptoms may be mild or asymptomatic. Depending on the severity of the symptoms, you may or may not be prescribed antivirals. You can also follow herpes treatment at home if your symptoms are very mild.
Explaining the disease
This condition may not manifest itself at all and affected persons might not even suspect they are infected. However, those who have symptoms may feel the following:
- Appearance of blisters
Blister on or around the genitals and mouth may appear. They may or may not be painful. Blisters will break and leave sores that are quite painful.
People who experience genital herpes for the first time will feel symptoms similar to the flu such as swollen glands and body ache.
- Smelly discharge
Women who have an unusually smelly discharge should be examined for genital herpes.
- Pain whilst urinating
Another symptom or sign of genital herpes is pain whilst urinating.
Women can also suffer from bleeding in between periods.
Is there a cure for herpes?
Herpes cannot be cured but there are medicines which can relieve or even prevent outbreaks of the disease. For example, taking acyclovir can treat episodes or suppress further outbreaks. Taking medicines can also reduce the likelihood of passing on the condition to your partner.
That said, if symptoms of genital herpes are mild, there are herpes treatment remedies at home that can work, as follows:
- Take a warm bath
Soaking yourself in a warm bath can reduce the pain of sores and blisters. Bathing though increases the chances of spreading the virus since you shed body fluids and skin. Thus, showering can be an option, but just the same, you have to make sure to clean the area to avoid giving the virus to others. Dry yourself thoroughly.
- Keep the affected area clean
Use soap and warm water to keep the area clean. Make sure to thoroughly dry it after washing.
- Use ice packs
Ice packs are great for relieving itching or symptoms of herpes. Fill a bag with cubes of ice. Apply from 10 to 15 minutes on the affected area and discard used bags after.
- Try herbal plants
Another herpes treatment at home is to use aloe vera, a plant known for its medicinal property. You can apply aloe vera gel on the sores directly and let it dry. You can use the plant or a commercially prepared ointment. Aloe vera in general helps relieve pain and promotes healing.
- Wear breathable clothing
Keeping the area dry is of paramount importance with genital herpes. To help achieve this, wear breathable underwear made from cotton. Stay away from synthetic fabrics and do not wear tight fitting pants at all so your sores stay dry and heal faster.