Sunday, April 3, 2011

How to deal with Genital Herpes Naturally

Herpes flare-ups can be painful and irritating, but they don't have to rule your life. There are some things you can do to reduce discomfort and help speed healing.
  • Use an ice pack to help alleviate pain and swelling.
  • Take a warm bath. Add baking soda to help reduce itching and pain.
  • Keep genital area dry and clean.
  • Avoid having sex until blisters have completely healed.
  • Take supplements that inhibit viral growth at the first sign of an outbreak. Consider taking the amino acid L-lysine. Antioxidant vitamins and zinc may also help.
  • Boost your immune system. Take echinacea, goldenseal and vitamin C daily. Get plenty of rest and reduce stress.
  • Treat the blisters topically. Dab tea tree oil, a natural antiseptic, at either full or half strength directly on them several times a day.
  • Encourage healing by avoiding foods that contain arginine, another amino acid that suppresses lysine: nuts, dairy products, meat, seeds, oats, peanuts and corn.
  • Although herpes simplex type I typically occurs in the mouth and type II in the genital area, oral sex can spread either to both parts of the body.
  • Women who have genital herpes should have regular pap smears as herpes can increase the risk of cervical cancer.
  • Cut back or divide vitamin C doses if diarrhea occurs.
  • f symptoms persist or if you have specific medical conditions or concerns, we recommend you contact a physician. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment.

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