Home remedies for oral herpes
Oral herpes or Herpes Simples Virus 1 (HSV – 1) is a common virus and unfortunately people who carry it will never be able to get rid of it. It can be transmitted through kissing or drinking from a glass or sharing other utensils with a person who carries this virus. HSV-1 can sometimes cause genital herpes, but HSV-2 is the main cause of it and is different from the first one. However, people who are infected with HSV – 1 are not constantly going around having disgusting blisters on their mouths. It only appears when a person’s immune system is low, before or during colds and stress. Once the herpes is cured, the virus sort of hibernates and “waits” for another immune downfall. And although there are too many creams and other medications that would help you cure your oral herpes faster, the following home remedies are equally useful too. Learn how to prevent early stage herpes because every human being is at risk of getting it.
It is very important to keep your hands away from the herpes blisters. For those who have experienced having herpes near or on their lips, the urge to scratch it, is terrible. Sometimes it can be painful and swollen and your fingers are just going to make the situation worse. If you are applying a herpes cream or gel make sure to wash the herpes gently with warm water. Apply the cream every few hours. Also, your hands must be clean when you apply anything on the herpes. And forget about kissing, intercourse or any kind or sharing utensils with other people.
The mightiest antiseptic that can be found in your kitchen is a good home remedy. Cut a clove of garlic in half and simply rub it on the spot. You may get a stingy sensation but don’t give up. Squeeze the garlic a little bit in order to get some more juice. And no, don’t worry, you will not smell like garlic. If you don’t want to risk, do this if you are sure you are not going out.
3 Egg membrane
Break an egg and remove slowly the sticky membrane from the shell. The membrane is a great source of protein that would heal the herpes. Stick the membrane carefully on your herpes and leave it like that. It will dry and it would be pretty much like plastic. Keep it on your herpes for a couple of hours. If you want to remove it, just wet it with water and it would easily peel off.
4 Drink plenty of fluids
Water or tea would keep you hydrated and your lips would especially need it. The herpes and all the medicine or home remedies you will use in order to dry the herpes blisters would additionally dry your lips.
5 Use acetaminophen
Feverall, Panadol, Tylenol or ibuprofen such as Excedrin and Ibuprin are helpful when herpes occurs. If you aren’t sure whether you should take the above mentioned medicine, consult your doctor first.
It may be sticky but honey is another natural remedy for herpes simplex. For centuries, honey was one of the best natural wound healers and infection ﬁghters. When a researcher treated patients with Acyclovir for one herpes outbreak and honey for another, overall healing time with honey was 43 percent better than with Acyclovir for sores on the lips and 59 percent better for genital sores. Apply only tiny layer over the herpes bubbles and leave the honey to work its magic. Do not lick your mouth!
7 Over-the-counter medicine
Antiviral medicine is pretty helpful (Acyclovir cream) if you want to cure your herpes in about 5-7 days. Without the medicine the herpes would go away on itself within two weeks. But it’s not important only to dry and cure the blisters. Once they are dried, there would be an actual dry scab that should be treated with natural oils – olive oil or St. John Wort oil that would soften the skin and would help it regenerate faster.
8 Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)
Topical ointments containing lemon balm may help heal cold sores in just two days. It is worth trying.