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Did you know that 50 to 80 percent of adults in the United Sates carry oral herpes? On top of that, 20 percent have genital herpes and don’t even know it. Oral herpes form cold sores or fever blisters while genital herpes appears as genital sores or on the waist.
There are a few ways you can contract herpes. Touching the skin of someone who has herpes, by kissing someone with herpes or with oral sex or intercourse. You might not see any sores or other signs, but if you start itching or experience other skin sensations chances are you have it.
You might experience painful itching, or a burning sensations. You could, experience flu-like symptoms such as headaches, muscle aches and fever. If you are infected, there are steps you can take to minimize the virus’ effects.
Here are some natural remedies that can keep the virus at bay and speed up the healing process.
Natural Treatments for Herpes
Bi-carbonate soda relieves inflammation, itching and burning. It also dries up the sores in order to minimize the affected area. Take a tissue or a cotton ball coated in baking soda and apply to the sore. After one use, the cotton ball or tissue should be thrown out, as it will be infected. Only use a clean, unused tissue or cotton ball for each application.
Cornstarch will dry excessive moisture in the area and stop the itching sensations. It works the same way as baking soda.
Camellia sinenis (black tea) has a high level of tannins which combats antiviral effects and anti inflammatories. Brew a tea bag and let it cool. Apply to the affected area for approximately 5 minutes. Repeat this process 3 times a day, you should try this as soon as you notice signs of herpes. Use only black teas, herbal teas will not work.
Apply an ice pack to cold sores to soothe the area and cause a level of numbness. The cold temperature will help inhibit the virus. Wrap the ice in a cloth or towel and leave on until you experience numbness and the inflammation comes down.
It will relieve itching and soothe inflammation. It also works really well on scabs that are left behind and relieve tender areas that develop after the sore is gone.
Remove the thorny areas of the plant and then cut into chunks around 2 to 5 inches in length. Place in your refrigerator or freezer for one hour. The coolness is soothing to red spots and inflamed areas.
Do’s and Don’ts:
Stay away from diet sodas, sweeteners and other diet products that have the ingredient aspartame. This ingredient is known to set off an inflammation.
Avoid wheat germ, chocolate, coconut, peanuts, whole wheat and soybeans, to name a few. Check with your doctor for more items you should stay away from.
Increase your intake of fish, beef, chicken, cheese brewer’s yeast and milk. Also eat fruits and vegetables, your doctor should be able to give you a list of foods you should consume.
Stress can cause outbreaks so concentrate on various therapies that will alleviate stress, such as yoga or meditation.
As scary as herpes might seem, if you have contracted it, you will want to treat it as soon as possible. This virus does weaken the immune system and therefore it must be checked constantly.
Some people will not experience any of the symptoms where others will. Not knowing you have herpes is actually quite common, the problem is that if you do have it, you can pass it on to others without even knowing it.
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