Facts About Herpes & Its Virus
Herpes is one of the most common sexually transmitted disease and it is caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). According to studies people of United States and Canada have this disease but they are still not aware about this because many of them never had any symptom. There are two types of herpes simplex which are type 1 and type 2. Both are highly contagious. For some people herpes is a very minor condition that comes and goes without causing any problem. HSV-1 is commonly found around the mouth and commonly called as cold sores. HSV-2 is commonly found in genital area but it can be passed to the mouth through oral sex. There are almost 8 types of herpes and apart from oral and genital herpes its virus can cause chicken pox, brain infection and eye infection. Herpes virus can spread through skin to skin contact and through general interactions. Sometimes virus can be found on the skin even where there are no symptoms. This is called “asymptomatic shedding”. Symptoms may not appear for months or years. People who don’t get its symptoms do not realize that they are infected with HSV. The first outbreak may last longer and may be more severe than future outbreaks. Early symptoms include itching, burning and tingling at the site where blisters or sores may appear along with fever, body ache, and headache. Over the time, outbreaks usually happen less often and the symptoms are milder. Herpes may be triggered by different things like sun exposure, lack of sleep, stress or alcohol use and skin irritation. Symptoms may be reduced by getting enough sleep, minimizing stress and eating well.
Antiviral Medicines For Herpes
According to studies there are 3 antivirals which can give you relief in this condition and these are also clinically tested.
Acyclovir is a drug and it is used to treat herpes simplex disease. Acyclovir is used to treat infections caused by herpes virus such as genital herpes, cold sores, shingles and chicken pox. Take this antiviral for the entire length of the time prescribed by your doctor. Treatment with this antiviral should be started as soon as possible after the first appearance of symptoms like burning, tingling and itching.
Famciclovir is used to treat shingles (a rash that can occur in people who have had chicken pox in the past) which is caused by herpes zoster. It is also used to treat repeat outbreaks of genital herpes. It works by stopping the spread of the herpes virus in the body. This antiviral does not cure the infections and may not stop the spread of the herpes virus to other people. However, it can decrease the pain, burning, tingling, itching and tenderness.
Valacyclovir is used to treat infections caused by certain types of viruses. In children, it is used to treat cold sores around mouth which is caused by herpes simplex and chicken pox which is caused by varicella zoster. Valacyclovir is used to treat genital herpes. People with frequent outbreaks can use this medication to reduce the severity of its symptoms. It is not a cure for this infection but, it can stop the growth of certain viruses.
You can use these medications to control or prevent your outbreaks. But you have to be very careful because using these medicines can give you side-effects which can make your situation from bad to worse. To stay away from side effects, always try to use home remedies.
Home Remedies For Herpes
Home remedies are very effective way to cure any of your health related problems. Here are some remedies to cure herpes symptoms.
Turmeric is an ingredient which is slightly bitter in taste and it is a yellow powder that is obtained by boiling, drying and crushing. Turmeric has curcumin (a compound) which has antiviral and antibacterial properties. Turmeric has been used to treat various problems since thousands of years. Turmeric is also beneficial to cure indigestion, liver diseases, irregular menstruation and wounds. Take one tablespoon of turmeric with one glass of milk and drink this twice, every-day.
Garlic is very common ingredient and this can be found in every Indian home. People usually use garlic to enhance the taste of their food, but, this is very effective remedy to cure herpes outbreaks as well. Garlic has antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. Mince five garlic cloves with one tablespoon of hot ghee. Mix them well. Eat this in the morning on an empty stomach.
Phyllantus emblica is also known as Amla and it is extremely rich in vitamin C which is the most powerful antioxidant. It not only detoxifies the body but also strengthens the immune system. Vitamin C increases the quantity of serum in three main antibodies which are produced by the immune system. These antibodies key attack the virus and inhibit them from entering in the body. Swallow two tablespoons of Phyllantus emblica with warm water on daily basis to reduce the severity of herpes outbreaks.
Green tea is one of the best ways to cure herpes. Green tea is rich in antioxidants which help to heal and cure the body of all types of diseases and disorders. It also has anti-inflammatory property which can give you relief in pain, itching and burning sensation.
You have many options to treat yourselves but you have to choose correct way if you want to stay happy and lead a healthy life. You can cure your symptoms by using natural treatment. However, herpes is an incurable disease, but, if you use natural herpes cure, you can control your symptoms very easily and effectively.