Published on January 11th, 2018 | by Tom1
How to Treat Oral Herpes
Herpes refers to a very common infection caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 or herpes simplex virus type 2. Those are two different but closely related viruses, and infections caused by them share similar signs and symptoms. The infection on or around the mouth is called oral herpes, but it can also occur to any other parts of the body. Cold sores or fever blisters are typical symptoms of oral herpes and they can cause a tingling sensation, dryness, burning or itching. To get rid of those painful and unsightly oral herpes, you can use some of the home remedies in this article.
- Ice. Rub the ice on the painful area for 5-10 minutes, and repeat this every hour. The application of ice can slow down the metabolism of the affected area and prevent the movement of the virus.
- Salt. Place a small amount of salt on the infected area with a moist fingertip. Leave it there for about 1-2 minutes. Although a little painful, household salt application is one of the quickest remedies for cold sores or oral herpes. Usually the symptoms will disappear within a day or two.
- Herbs. Oral herpes can also be treated by some herbs such the herbal sedative violet , herbal sage or tea tree oil. One of the highly recommended herbal treatments is sage leaf tea. Steep 2-3 sage leaves in the cup with boiling water. Drink the tea 2-3 cups daily. The combination of sage leaf and ginger is proved to be more effective. So if possible, add a small root piece of ginger when making sage leave tea for better outcome.
- Tea bags. Apply a steeped tea bag to the infected are for several minutes and repeat this remedy every hour. The tannic acid found in the tea can kill virus and prevent further viral infection.
- Lysine. Lysine is an essential amino acid to our body which has been proved to contain the spread of the herpes simplex virus. We can get lysine by eating food such as milk, red meat, fish, wheat, germ, eggs, cheese and brewer yeast. Alternative options are taking 500 mg lysine supplements three times a day or the application of lysine ointment.
- Vitamin B. take 100 mg of vitamin B twice a day also helps to ease herpes infection for it plays a very important role in healing the immune system functions
- Garlic. Cut the garlic into pieces and apply one to the cold sore, hold it with your finger for several minutes. You can use this for several times daily. Garlic helps to kill the virus, and thus it speeds up the healing process. The application of small pieces of raw onion also works well for herpes infection.
- Lemon balm. Antiviral properties of lemon balm can promote the healing of blisters and regular use of lemon balm cream can reduce recurrences of herpes infection.
- Licorice whip. Chewing licorice whip or sprinkling some licorice powder on the infected area is also useful for the treatment of oral herpes.
- Baking soda. Add 1 teaspoon of baking soda and 5 teaspoons of salt to 2 ounces of hydrogen peroxide, and mix them up. Rinse your mouth with this solution for one minute or two can helps you get rid of cold sores within the mouth.
- Dip a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and apply it to your cold sore or blister to ease the symptoms. You can also add some lemon juice to improve the effectiveness.