Home Remedies For Genital Herpes

Home Remedies For Genital Herpes

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  1. Genital herpes is a viral infection that is classified by sores that are very similar to fever blisters that show up on the genitals.  These herpes are caused by the herpes simplex virus and there are two types; Type I and Type II.  Type I causes the fever blisters, also known as cold sores, on the mouth, face, lips and sometimes on the genitals.  Type II causes the sores in and around the genital areas.  Genital herpes is a contact virus that can be passed by skin-to-skin contact with someone who is infected.  This person does not have to have an active flare up at the time the contact and passage of the herpes happens.  The passage can happen during an active state where there are sores present, a preactive state where the area is just itchy or tingle, or before you even know you are infected yourself.  After you are infected, the first flare up usually occurs within a few weeks but the virus can remain dormant for a much longer period of time, even years.  Once you are infected, you have this virus for the rest of your life.  You never know when flare-ups will occur so doing a few home remedies to control your sores, you can try your best to control the flare-ups and reduce the amount of time they are active. 

    Apply Ice

    A herpes flare-up can be painful and can even swell.  By applying an ice pack at the first signs of flare-ups, itching and tingling, the ice can reduce the amount of pain and swelling.  Place crushed ice into a bag or use a bag a frozen vegetables as an ice pack.  Wrap this is a thin towel and place on the infected area for 10-15 minutes at a time.  You may need to reapply a few times throughout the day. 

    Dry Area Out

    Viruses, to include the herpes virus, thrive in moist areas.  Keeping the affected air as dry as possible is key to reducing the amount of flare-ups you will have.  There are many ways to keep the area dry.  Baking soda and cornstarch can be great for this purpose.  Dip a cotton ball into the baking soda or the cornstarch and dab the affected area.  The baking soda and cornstarch can even be mixed together and then dabbed onto the area.  A hair dryer on a cool setting can work well to dry out the area as well. 

    Wear Loose Fitting Clothing

    Tight fitting clothing and underwear can irritate the affected area and cause a herpes breakout.  Tight clothing can also prolong a flare-up already active.  By wearing clothing that is not as tight fitting and allows more air to flow through the area, flare-ups can be less frequent and not last as long as they normally would.  Cotton is the best material to wear because it lets the area "breath" allowing air to flow through easily. 

    Take a Hot Bath

    Try giving yourself a sitz bath.  Fill the tub about 3-4 inches high.  Sit in this bath a few times per day.  The warm water increases circulation to the area and may reduce a herpes outbreak.  Baking soda can even be added to the water to get some relief from any itching.  Baths should only be taken to get relief.  When in an active outbreak, be sure to take showers so any infected skin is washed off of you. 

    Apple Cider Vinegar

    Every time you use the toilet, wipe the infected area with a cotton ball dipped in apple cider vinegar.  This may burn at first but is has been shown to clear up any herpes sores in a shorter amount of time. 

    Pain Relievers

    If a herpes flare-up is causing you pain and discomfort, take an over-the-counter pain reliever.  Acetaminophen, ibuprofen and aspirin can give you some relief from the pain.  Follow the dosing instructions as stated on the bottle. 

    Stay Healthy

    Your immune system is your first line of defense is keeping herpes flare-ups under control.  The better your immune system is, the better you will be able to fight the herpes virus and reduce the amount of flare-ups you have.  Eating a healthy, well-balance diet can keep your immune system strong, exercise on a regular basis and keep your cigarette, alcohol consumption to a bare minimum.  By taking care of your body both inside and out, you can help to reduce the amount of flare-ups you have. 

    Genital herpes is a virus you will have for the rest of your life.  There is no cure but there are home remedies you can try to help keep your condition under control.  Some will work better than others.  Try out as many as you can to see what works best for you and stick with those to keep your herpes flare-ups to a minimum.

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