It is a lifetime disease that can’t be cured. Wait for what? Yes, you heard it right. But that doesn’t mean life ends. Different measures can be taken to prevent it from spreading.
Herpes is an infection caused by herpes simplex virus 1 and 2. It appears in the form of blisters filled with fluid and pus on different parts of the body. They cause severe itching and pain and form ulcers.
Most commonly, the symptoms appear on genital areas but can also appear on lips, around the mouth, on legs, etc. But that’s not always the case, and some people may not have any symptoms at all.
Both these infections are highly contagious where HPV 1 could transfer through physical contact, and HPV 2 is sexually transmitted.
There are some clinical treatments and some home remedies as well to mitigate the effects. Although no cure is available for herpes, but clinical treatment is necessary to prevent infection from spreading and to reduce the severity.
Herpes can be triggered by various stimuli and can be suppressed by others, so its symptoms appear on and off. We need to learn what those stimuli are to make those off periods longer.
Eating foods that contain high quantities of antioxidants increases immunity against infection. So in the case of herpes, such foods are highly recommended.
- Carrots: Carrots contain Lutein, which is a powerful antioxidant. Adding carrots to your diet will help you cope with the infection.
- Spinach: Contains Vitamin B, which increases immunity to fight against the virus. It also includes two antioxidants Lutein and zeaxanthin, which help prevent infections.
- Beets: Beets contain minerals like potassium, iron, etc. in addition to these, they are rich in betalains –antioxidants that help prevent inflammation.
- Bean: Beans are a source of an antioxidant called kaempferol, which is not only helpful for chronic inflammation but also reduces the risk of cancer.
- Ginseng: Ginseng is used in many medicines in Chinese medical treatments because ginsenosides in ginseng increase immunity and prevent inflammation.
- Lemon: All citrus fruits, including oranges, lemons are a rich source of vitamin C, which itself is an antioxidant. Lemon also contains flavonoids which serve as an anti-inflammatory source in the body.
- Eating vegetables like broccoli, tomatoes, green peppers, potatoes, etc., which contain vitamin C is also helpful in herpes.
- Viral infections can be treated by eating foods that are rich in lysine and contain low contents of arginine. Such foods include.
- Egg yolk
- Sesame seeds
But moderate quantities of these foods shall be taken because high protein levels in the body can also cause an infection outbreak.
Honey: Contain polyphenol and is good to improve immunity.
- Raspberries: Raspberries contain Vitamin C and quercetin, which are potent antioxidants and improve immunity and reduce inflammation.
- Other fruits that are high in antioxidants include cherries, watermelon, berries, pomegranates, grapes, etc.
Certain herbs are essential in increasing the immunity of the body. Including these herbs helps fight herpes. Some of them are listed below.
- Angelica root
- Chinese rhubarb root
- Wild thyme
Extracts of these herbs have proven to be very beneficial for herpes patients.
Some effective microbicides
These two microbicides have shown some promising effects to prevent the spread of the virus.
- Tenofovir gel
- siRNA nanoparticles
Avoid triggers that may cause an outbreak
Certain stimuli may cause the symptoms of herpes to appear again. So avoiding them is necessary to prevent an infection.
1. Unhealthy eating habit
Eating foods that are unhealthy and do not contain proper amounts of antioxidants as are required makes your immune system weak, and you may end up contracting the infection again.
Both emotional and physical stress can cause herpes symptoms to return. So keep yourself calm and happy.
Home Remedies And precautions
Clinical treatment is necessary for herpes, but various other things can be done to reduce pain and prevent infection.
- Alcohol helps to kill viruses and prevents infections. So clean the infection with alcohol to prevent the spread of infection.
- Wear comfortable loose clothes. Tight clothes tend to rub against your body and may aid in spreading the infection.
- Avoid taking long hot baths because they’ll soften your skin, and the healing wounds may be affected.
- Do not rub your skin even if it’s itching. Apply ointment to help to itch. Rubbing your skin will only spread the infection and will cause ulcers, which is much more painful.
- If you have the infection, avoid sharing your things like utensils and avoid unnecessary touching. It will reduce the chances of the spread of the virus to the people around you.
- Painkillers like brufen and aspirin can be used to help relieve pain due to infection.
- Treat the infections with only those medicines and ointments which are recommended by your doctor and do a patch test before applying any new medication or remedy to know if that medicine is suitable for your skin type and body. Some medicines may result in increased itching.
- Try to naturally increase your immunity by eating healthy foods and taking enough sleep and by reducing anxiety and stress levels.
- Avoid exposure to direct sun and extreme temperatures. Ultraviolet rays in sunlight severely affect the infection. UV rays can also be a trigger for a herpes outbreak.
- Infection can spread from one part of the body to another, so avoid touching the affected area and wash your hands properly after applying the medicine, etc.
- Consult your doctor if the wounds are not healing. There is no need to put a bandage to let it heal itself. Bandages tend to worsen the infection, especially in hot, humid temperatures.
- Avoid sexual intercourse if there is an infection. You may end up spreading the infection to your partner as well.