[toc]Herpes falls under the sexually transmitted disease category and is caused by the simplex herpes virus-2. It causes discomfort in passing urine and a skin rash around the genital, buttocks and anal area. If you are getting tested for herpes, you should get tested for other STDs as well because the signs and symptoms are usually similar in most of them.
Medications are available to control the symptoms and prevent any further outbreaks of the disease, but you can also rely on natural remedies to treat herpes. They are quite effective and you can use them any time of the day because they do not cause any side effects. Here are some simple natural cures to treat herpes:
5 Natural Cures For Herpes
Improve Your Diet
You should start with eating foods that build up your immunity. A healthy immune response fights the infection better. Flood your body with foods rich in vitamin C and zinc that will help you get your immunity back. Avoid caffeinated foods like coffee and sodas that will reduce your immunity, instead eat fresh fruits like apples, papayas, apricots and figs.
Make sure you keep your iron and mineral levels up as well. All this together will help you improve your overall health and immune response.
To treat the skin rash you can apply olive oil directly to the affected area. You could also prepare a mixture using some hot olive oil in a pot, some lavender and bee wax along with it. Stir all these contents in a pot for about 5 minutes until it is warm enough and then apply it over the buttocks region.
Make sure it doesn’t enter your genital entrances or it may aggravate your condition. Use this application once every day. You don’t have to keep it on your skin all day, just for a few hours is enough.
Cold is very beneficial to control any inflammation and swelling. Apply an ice pack for about 10 minutes at a time on the affected region. Ice will also reduce the level of itching that might be causing discomfort in the buttock region.
You can use an ice pack any number of times a day but make sure you don’t expose your skin for more than 15 minutes at a time. It is also better to avoid application of ice directly. Instead, you can wrap it in a towel and apply on the affected area.
This is another remedy to help you get rid of the swelling and itchy feeling. You can take a bath in some water that has some baking soda in it. Make sure you bathe with baking soda only once in a day because it might cause aggravation of your itchy symptoms and that’s not good. You could sit in the bath tub and add some baking soda for about 30 minutes.
Unhygienic conditions will aggravate your condition and cause your symptoms to worsen. Make sure you change your towels and bed sheets frequently. Keep your toilet seat clean at all times as well. Use an anti-bacterial soap when you are bathing.