Herpes is the common name of herpes simplex viruses or HSV. If you have sores around your mouth or lips, it can be herpes which is caused by herpes simplex virus type 1. There is one more type of herpes virus which is caused by HSV-2 (genital herpes). It is not that herpes simplex virus 1 cannot cause genital herpes but most commonly it is caused by the herpes simplex type 2. Infected people with HSV-2 have sores around their genital and rectum. Sores due to HSV -2 may occur elsewhere but they are usually found below the waist. Sometimes people get confused between genital warts and genital herpes sores. The difference between genital warts and herpes is that herpes is caused by HSV and genital warts are caused by HPV (human papilloma virus). Genital herpes appears in the form of blisters and sores while genital warts looks like skin tags or cauliflower tops. In some cases, herpes does not cause any serious complications, but infections in infant and in people with weekend immune system that affect the eyes can be life threatening.
Causes of herpes
One of the main causes of herpes is a viral infection that is picked up through personal or very often through sexual contact. This virus actually enters in your body through a break in your skin like a cut or wound. Herpes virus can enter into a person’s body through the skin of the mouth, vagina, penis, anal and cervix. Herpes can easily spread from one part of your body to another. Additionally, a woman who is infected with this virus can pass this virus on to her baby during the normal delivery process. There are two types of herpes, the first one is oral herpes and the second one is genital herpes. Oral herpes (HSV-1) is the kind of virus that usually affects the mouth area but it can also spread to the genitals during oral sex. The most common virus that leads to genital herpes is HSV-2. A person usually gets this virus through sexual contact. Almost 20 present of the adult population of United States has this disease. Some known factors that can cause herpes are
- Unprotected sex
- Intercourse with multiple partners
- Vaginal discharge
- Surgery on the genital area
- Exposure to ultraviolet rays.
The most important thing is that many people who are infected with this virus remain blissfully unaware of it, mainly because the symptoms are fairly mild and go unnoticed.
Symptoms of genital herpes are
- Pain and itching in the genital area
- Appearance of small red bumps or white blisters
- Formation of scabs on the affected area of the skin
- Sores on the vaginal area, anus cervix and buttocks
- Burning sensation while urination
- Swollen nymph nodes on the groin area
Symptoms of oral herpes are
- Blisters on the lips and the mouth area
- Difficulties in eating, speaking and swallowing
- Sore throat
- Body ache
- Swollen nymph nodes in the throat and neck
Herbal remedies for herpes
Herbal remedies for herpes is one of the best ways to get relief from herpes outbreaks. I know you must be thinking that there are many other ways by which you can cure herpes outbreaks, then why I am taking about only herbal remedies? See, I know there are many other ways like antivirals, ointments and creams, but I am sure that you don’t know that using these medications can give you side effects. Side-effects can make your condition from bad to worse. So, try to use herbal remedies to avoid side-effects. Here are some herbal remedies which can give you effective results.
Olive oil is known for moisturizing the skin. It is rich in anti-oxidants and it is one of the best home remedies to cure herpes sores. Olive leaf has been used to treat various health conditions and it also has antibacterial, antifungal and anti-aging properties. It is also very effective in treating cancer. Take one cup of olive oil. Heat it in a pot and add some lavender oil in this mixture. Let the mixture cool down. After cooling, apply this mixture on the affected area of your skin.
Oregano oil is the effective way to cure herpes outbreak. Oregano oil has antiviral properties which can cure your outbreaks fast. Oregano oil can help body’s immune system to fight against the diseases and the virus which can cause herpes. You just need to apply some oregano oil directly on the affected area.
Aloe vera gel
Aloe vera is the best remedy to cure herpes outbreak. It is the best remedy to remove blisters. Aloe vera is a very effective ingredient and it has the abilities to cure many other diseases like acne, pimple or burns, improves digestion and constipation. It can cure redness and itching which is caused by herpes. Applying aloe vera gel or juice can give you effective results, but if want you can also grow aloe plant in your home to have it in original form. Directly apply aloe vera gel on your affected area.
Epsom salt bath
Bathing with Epsom salt water is the best remedy to sooth the itching and pain of sores. Add some Epsom salt in warm bathing water. Take a bath with this water. This remedy makes the sores dry and reduces itching. You can also add some salt in bath tub. Soak herpes infected area in the water.
When herpes becomes very severe, it becomes more difficult to cure this condition with home remedies. In order to cure herpes fast, it is recommended to use herbal remedies because these remedies which I have mentioned above will not give any side effect. Always try to avoid using medicines because it can make your condition worse because there are no medicines without side-effects.