Herpes is one of the most wide spread disease in the US. 9 out of 10 Americans are infected with herpes virus and most of them have already practiced the extreme outbreak of the disease at one point in their life, according to some statistics. Herpes outbreaks appeared as red and painful sores that last for several weeks. Herpes is a virus that invades the body. Herpes viruses which can cause disease are of two types: Herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1) and Herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2).
Generally, HSV-1 causes mild outbreaks of cold sores on the mouth or lips. HSV-2 is more severe and causes genital herpes, though the mouth can also be affected. Painful blisters can be caused by both herpes infections and they are highly contagious. Blisters are contagious until they are completely healed, which can take from 2-4 weeks to completely heal. After blisters have healed, there is a slight chance of transmitting the infection but the rate of transmission drops drastically at this point.
Symptoms of herpes infection:
In the beginning, HSV-1 produces burning and tingling around the lip area, followed by small red pimples which turn to blisters, known as lip sores. These symptoms may be escorted by a mild fever and enlarged lymph nodes in the neck area.
When the immune system of body is very weak or following sunburn, recurrences of herpes tend to occur.
After exposure to HSV-2, symptoms are generally noticed between 4-8 days. Generally, these appear as burning and/or itching in the genital area, followed by blisters that turn to painful sores. Fever blisters or cold sores often take place. Symptoms tend to be more severe in women on average.
The initial outbreak is the only one for a small minority of women but most women (around 75 percent) experience recurrent episodes within the next few months and years. It was noticed by many women that symptoms get milder with each ensuing outbreak, probably because of herpetic antibodies being produced as a natural line of defense by the body.
How to Get Rid of Herpes Naturally?
Bathe in Epsom salt. Add about 1/4 cup of Epsom salt in your bathtub which halfway full with warm water and dissolve. Bathe in the tub for about 15 to 20 minutes for effective relief from itching, and to help soothe and decrease skin irritation and blistering. This soak will also help decrease the duration and oozing of blisters for quicker healing.
Baking soda is also helpful to treat herpes skin irritations and blisters. Dip a cotton ball into baking soda and apply directly to blisters or sores, which will help to dry them out and decrease itching. You can also use cornstarch in place of baking soda.
Order H-Balm. H-Balm is an all natural product that is used to remove herpes outbreaks when they take place. H-Balm can be used on both genital herpes as well as oral herpes. It is 100 percent organic and composed of antiviral essential oils.
Eat the gypsy mushroom. Gypsy mushroom may have antiviral properties that can help to battle off a herpes outbreak. The gypsy mushroom is safe to eat and can be placed in soup.
Practice stress management techniques. Keeping your stress level down and performing relaxing mental exercises, such as meditation, have been known to help the body battle off the herpes virus.
Take enough sleep. Make sure that you get adequate rest is another natural way to treat herpes. Also, making time to exercise can prevent an outbreak.
Observe your diet. Certain foods can lead to herpes outbreak. Foods that are high in fat and sugar can trigger an outbreak.
Incorporate L-lysine to your diet. L-lysine is an amino acid which is found in foods such as pastries, cookies and many cereals. In the treatment and prevention of blisters and sores caused by herpes in the mouth and genital region, L-lysine is effective. You can also buy lysine as a supplement from your local natural food or drug store. Take approximately 1,000mg of lysine three times a day with meals during periods of flare-up. If you suffer from frequent outbreaks or a day during dormant periods, take maintenance doses of approximately 1,000mg.
When body has very weak immune system, herpes attack occurs. Take echinacea to help boost your immune system and to deal with several types of herpes, including genital herpes and herpes virus type 2. You can buy echinacea from natural food or vitamin stores, as well as your local drug store. 1g three times a day during flare-ups is the suggested dosage of echinacea. People who took echinacea within a couple of hours of initial tingling that signaled an outbreak was able to curb both the discomfort and the length of the outbreak, according to a case study in the “British Journal of Phytotherapy”. Echinacea powder works very fast. Dissolve 1/2 tsp. of the powder in juice or tea and drink and take it three times a day.