Herpes is not a joke, at least not for those who are a sufferer of this disease. All of us are now aware of the two different types of herpes infections. One is genital herpes, which is believed to be caused by HSV type 2, and the other one is the herpes outbreak on lips which is said to be caused due to the HSV type 1 virus. This is scientific differentiation and one major myth about the two types is that genital herpes is more dangerous than oral herpes. I think while designating herpes outbreak on lips lower than genital in terms of severity; the separators might have not taken the emotional issues into account.
Herpes outbreak on lips is something that we can not hide from others, no matter how hard we try for that. This attacks on our confidence and self esteem. We break our relations, isolate ourselves form the society and our group. Much before our relatives and friends get a chance to do that, we our self start feeling dirty about it and live in a feeling of guilt. This feeling of shame and isolation makes herpes outbreak on lips even more painful and full of humiliation.
Since the infection site is on the lips and mouth, it is impossible to manage hiding it. Everybody around you will know you have herpes as soon as you step out of your house with an outbreak. It is hence a compulsion in case of herpes outbreak on lips to treat the cold sore on the face pretty soon. But there is no magic wand to do this, right? If it was there, all of us would have been living a herpes free life by now. Then what we are left with? How to tackle this situation? Can we do something about it or we just have to live with the embarrassment for lifetime?
If you have developed cold sores at any other part of your body, you can easily go for ointments and other creams. But the case of outbreak on lips is different as you have to think twice before applying anything on the cold sores developed on lips as it easily slips into your mouth and can be very dangerous. This is the real difficulty with te use of general healing ointment on lips. It is therefore much safer and better to go for natural measures to treat the outbreak occurring on lips. It is possible and quite easy to treat outbreak on lips with the help of a few home remedies.
Herpes viruses spread most easily from individuals with an active outbreak or sore. You can catch this virus if you have had an intimate or personal contact with someone who is infected. Or it is even possible to get the herpes outbreak on lips by touching open herpes sore or something that has been in contact with the herpes virus, such as infected razors, towels, dishes, and other shared items. Apply sun block cream or lip balm you generally use that is containing zinc oxide to your lips before you go outside. Try to prevent your lips from becoming too dry if you have the herpes ouybreak on lips. Avoid direct contact with herpes sores and always wash items such as towels and linens in boiling hot water after each use to prevent it from spreading. Other than this we have a list of some home remedies that can quickly heal the cold sores and give you relief as soon as you apply them.
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Since vanilla is alcohol based, it makes it really difficult for the virus to survive for long time. This enhances the drying process and makes the cold sores die quickly. It is hence advised to grab the pure form of vanilla extract and apply in slowly on the affected area.
Measure out 1 tablespoon of cornstarch and place in a small bowl. Mix in 1 teaspoon of fresh water. Add more water slowly until you achieve a paste-like consistency. Put a dab on your cold sore before bed, and rinse off gently with water in the morning. Do this nightly until cold sore is gone.
One of the more random natural remedies for treating herpes is that you can use is licorice. Glycyrhizic acid, an ingredient in licorice root, has been shown in some studies to stop the virus cells in their nasty little tracks-or at least counteract the symptoms of them.
Prevent the infection from reoccurring by changing the tooth brush immediately
As soon as you see your cold sores disappearing, go out and buy a new tooth brush if you don’t want the outbreak to come again soon. It is your tooth brush which directly comes into contact daily with the cold sores on your lips and mouth. No matter how hard you try to clean it, you can never make it virus free. So, it is always recommended to get a new piece immediately.
Putting a whole milk compress on your sore can help speed up the healing, and ease pain. Soak a cotton ball in approximately 1 tablespoon of milk, and apply it directly to the cold sore for several minutes. Before doing this you can either let the milk come to room temperature or, if you prefer, you can apply it cold.
Aloe gel can be a source of relief for the pain in herpes naturally and act as a soothing cool agent that gives you some relief in the cold sores. Get some form of aloe vera extract, be it natural or in artificial gel form. If you go for a ready made cream, make sure you choose the one with highest concentration of aloe vera in it.
Clean it with hydrogen peroxide
Soak a cotton ball in 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide. Use more if you feel it isn’t saturated enough. Place the cotton ball directly on your sore and hold it there for a few seconds, or dab it around. Let it be for 5 minutes or so, allowing it to do its job, before rinsing off. This will prevent the herpes infection from spreading further.
Peppermint oil can kill all the viruses that live outside our cells. If you apply this oil on cold sores, it clears all the viruses that are floating into the liquid part of the sores.
It is not necessary to learn living with herpes outbreak. All you have to do is be wise and choose the right treatment option for managing oral herpes. There exist fool proof treatment methods to get rid of the cold sores soon, but unfortunately not where all of you have been looking for. Till now we were dealing with herpes outbreaks, only with the help of expensive antivirals. But these antivirals start there work only after the virus has done almost all the damage to the cells. It starts healing only after the wounds are deep enough. It is hence better to go for the home remedies discussed above to get instant relief.