Home Remedies for Herpes : How "Get Rid of Herpes" Can Teach People How to Treat Herpes Naturally


London, UK -- (SBWIRE) -- 01/08/2014 -- Home Remedies
Patients can manage most herpes simplex infections that develop on the skin at home with over-the-counter painkillers and measures to relieve symptoms.

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Symptomatic Relief
Several simple steps can produce some relief:

-Hygiene is important. Avoid touching the sores. Wash hands frequently during the day. Fingernails should be scrubbed daily. Keep the body clean.
-Drink plenty of water.
-Keep blisters or sores clean and dry with cornstarch or similar product. (Women should avoid using talcum powder in genital areas; some studies suggest that talcum powder may increase the risk for ovarian cancer.)
-Some people report that drying the genital area with a blow dryer on the cool setting offers relief.
-Avoid tight-fitting clothing, which restricts air circulation and slows healing of the sores.
-Choose cotton underwear, rather than synthetic materials.
-Local application of ice packs may alleviate the pain and help reduce recurrences.
-Lukewarm baths may be helpful.
-Wearing sun block helps prevent sun-triggered recurrence of herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1).
-Avoid sex during both outbreaks and pro-domes (the early symptoms of herpes), when signs include tingling, itching, or tenderness in the infected areas.
-Over-the-counter medications such as aspirin, acetaminophen (Tylenol), or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), can be used to reduce fever and local tenderness.

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Herbs and Supplements
Generally, manufacturers of herbal remedies and dietary supplements do not need FDA approval to sell their products. Just like a drug, herbs and supplements can affect the body's chemistry, and therefore have the potential to produce side effects that may be harmful. There have been several reported cases of serious and even lethal side effects from herbal products. Always check with your doctor before using any herbal remedies or dietary supplements.

Many herbal and dietary supplement products claim to help fight herpes infection by boosting the immune system. There has been little research on these products, and little evidence to show that they really work. Some are capsules taken by mouth. Others come in the form of ointment that is applied to the skin. Popular herbal and supplement remedies for herpes simplex include:

-Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea)
-Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus)
-Aloe (Aloe Vera)
-Bee products that contain propolis, a tree resin collected by bees

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The following are special concerns for people taking natural remedies for herpes simplex:

-Echinacea can lower white blood cell levels when taken for long periods of time. This herb can also interfere with drugs that are used to treat immune system disorders.
-Siberian ginseng can raise blood pressure levels.
-Bee products (like propolis) can cause allergic reactions in people who are allergic to bee stings.
-Lysine should not be taken with certain types of antibiotics.
-Taking zinc in large amounts (more than 200 mg/day) can cause stomach upset and an impaired sense of smell.

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