Herpes is a viral infection which is caused by herpes simplex virus. It is an STD caused by a virus instead of bacteria. There are two types of HSV i.e. herpes simplex virus: Type I and Type II. In the recent past, it was thought that these different types of HSV caused different types of problems. Type I was thought to cause cold sores on the mouth and lips, while Type II caused genital herpes. In genital herpes, the sores will form around the penis or vagina area of the body. In cold sore or we can call it as oral herpes, the sore will appear in and around the mouth. Type II HSV cases tend to have worse symptoms and more frequent outbreaks as compared to Type I HSV cases. Most cases of genital herpes are caused by HSV-2 (herpes simplex virus type-2) and oral herpes is caused by HSV-1 (herpes simplex virus type-1).
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The sign and systems of genital herpes is that, painful genital lesions or sores which look like small blisters occur from time to time on the genitals. The blisters or sores occur when the herpes virus, which lives deep inside the nerves during inactive periods, travels down from the nerves to the skin. Itching or pain can be felt before the appearance of herpes blisters. These blisters are not permanent. When the blisters come, it is called an “outbreak”.
An outbreak commonly takes about two- three weeks to completely heal. It has many phases. The First phase is inflammation or swelling, and the part or we can say, the area where the outbreak is occurring will become red, itchy and uncomfortable. The blisters are small fluid-filled bumps on the skin. In the next phase, the blister will result in ulcers. The ulcers then begin to dry out and crust or scab over with pale yellow color. Finally the skin heals and returns to normal appearance after 2-3 weeks.
Typically outbreaks occur most frequently during the first year, after getting the infection. It is rarely possible for someone to be infected and never have an outbreak. The first outbreak will take around 30 days to heal completely.
Outbreaks are worsened by stress, and become more likely to appear, when your body gets low immune system. Outbreaks can occur in condition like physical stresses, other illness, sleep deprivation, menstruation, and too much drinking or drugging. Outbreaks can also occur in response to emotional stresses like overwork, relationship problems, or other emotional issues.
As we all know, herpes is an STD i.e. sexually transmitted disease, so a person should be very careful when choosing sexual partners and should use protection during sexual activity. A herpes patient can easily transmit their infection to their partner through vaginal or anal intercourse. It is also possible for a person who has oral herpes can pass genital herpes to sexual partners around the penis or vagina area or vice versa.
It has been proven that the oral herpes is caused by the HSV-1 (herpes simplex virus type-1) and genital herpes is caused by HSV-2 (herpes simplex virus type-2). Most of the 80% case of herpes are genital herpes and caused by herpes simplex virus-2 (HSV-2) and rest 20% cases are caused by herpes simplex virus-1 (HSV-1).
Cure of Herpes
There are some antibiotics, which are used as a treatment for herpes, but they have a lot of side effects. Antibiotics are not very much effective on herpes because the herpes virus has a property to hide itself in the nerves. Due to this the antibiotic medicines are not able to cure herpes completely. They can only help us to get temporary relief from the outbreaks. Now the question comes- Is there a cure for herpes, so here with the help of this article, I want to discuss the natural solutions or we can say the natural cure for herpes. Natural herbs don not have any side effect to our body. They are completely safe for our body and I must say, natural herbs are very effective cure for herpes in the present time.
Some most effective home remedies for herpes:
Lemon balm is one of the most effective herbal home remedies for herpes. It contains flavonoids, phenolic acid, and rosmarinic acid, which helps us in healing the sores. First prepare a lemon balm tea and wait for 10-15mins. Then take a cotton ball and soak it in tea. Now apply directly on the sores.
You can also add 2-3 ml of lemon balm tincture in water. Drink it after stir it well. Drink the solution thrice a day for better results. Lemon balm is also available in the form of creams and ointments in the market. You can apply the cream directly on the infected area to heal the sores.
Licorice roots consist of therapeutic properties. This is very helpful for the treatment of herpes infection. It has glycyrrhizic acid, which help in fighting against the herpes virus. Intake 2 capsules of the extracts of the Licorice roots. Read more to know details about licorice root and herpes.
Note- Excessive use of licorice may result in hypertension and lowering of potassium in the body. It is not safe for heart patients and pregnant women.
Black tea is highly rich in tannin and known for anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties. Prepare a cup of black tea with the help of tea bag and wait for it to cool down. After cooling, apply the tea bag on the sores directly for 5 minutes. Repeat the process twice or thrice a day for better results.
One of the best remedies for herpes infection is cornstarch. Corn starch helps in absorbing excessive moisture present on the skin. It helps in reducing itching and irritation. Apply some cornstarch directly on the infected area to dry the herpes sores. Take some cotton and dip it in the corn starch. Now, dab it gently on the sores.
Note: Do not put used cotton ball again in the clean cornstarch otherwise it will spread the infection in a healthy area. If you want to know more about cornstarch and herpes, click here.
Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe Vera is also a good remedy for herpes. It has natural healing properties. Aloe Vera can be very effective for herpes blisters. To soothe the itching and redness, pure aloe Vera gel should apply on sores. You can take fresh aloe Vera leave and cut it into two halves. Now apply directly to the infected area from the gelled side to cure herpes.