Basically, herpes is a name for a group of virus known to cause blisters and sores. The commonly known is herpes simplex virus. There are actually two types of herpes virus, type I and type II. Type 1 result in cold sores and blisters around the mouth and type 2 results in genital sores. Because of this, type 1 is the cause of oral herpes while type 2 is known for causing genital herpes. Contact is the mode of spreading Herpes simplex virus.
Usually, herpes type 1 is spread through infected saliva. Infected saliva contact may happen during kissing or when sharing personal items and utensils. Oral herpes is usually linked to mouth, lips, and face infections. Type II is usually sexually transmitted and the causes genital sores. Even when the signs are not visible, the spread of genital herpes is still possible. Nevertheless, when an outbreak occurs, herpes treatment would be necessary.
The common signs of herpes include fever blisters, enlarged lymph nodes, and mouth sores. However, the virus could hide in your nervous system after the outbreak and may become active due to some triggers later. Among the triggers for herpes virus activity are such as hormonal changes, stress, illness, surgery, certain food and a weakened immunity. There are, however, some home remedies for herpes. The following are some of them.
1. Applying Ice cubes.
This remedy involve the use of ice cubes wrapped in plastic bag. This ice pack is usually applied on the areas with blisters. The cold compresses should be repeated two or three times every day for one week. Since the ice pack controls swelling and helps to relieve pain, it becomes an ideal herpes treatment at home. Because of this, the underlying tissues are relieved from pain as well as burning sensation of the blisters.
2. Baking soda.
Because of its many applications, baking soda is a popular home remedy. For herpes treatment, however, you should mix 2-3 teaspoons of the baking soda with a glass of warm water. Using balls of surgical cotton, apply the solution on the blisters. For successful treatment, apply the solution 2-3 times daily. However, baking soda produces a soothing effect because it is mild alkaline. Because of this, burning sensation and itching due to herpes blisters are relieved. Baking soda is also a good anti-inflammatory agent that help to minimize swelling as a result of blistering wounds.
Basically, doctors can prescribe antiviral drugs to minimize multiplication of the virus but there is no medication that can cure herpes. Therefore, home remedies for herpes can offer the much-needed remedy.