A genital herpes outbreak is a whole package of physical and emotional pain only a sufferer of this nasty virus can truly understand. Whether your symptoms are light or severe, you are likely to experience in varying degrees pain, itching, swelling, rashes, lesions, seeping, soreness, headaches, fever and aching joints. In addition to all this, there are also the emotional and mental factors, which can include depression, anxiety and frustration among many others.
The main thing sufferers want in the instance of a genital herpes outbreak is a way to heal up the symptoms as quickly as possible so they can get it out of the way and get on with their lives. As someone who has suffered from particularly severe outbreaks for many years, I’d like to share with you some of my top tips for healing up an outbreak as quickly and effectively as possible. As an added bonus, these tips are both cheap and natural.
1. Garlic – Garlic is a very powerful all-natural anti-viral. Dosing with garlic during a genital herpes outbreak can really speed up the healing time. There are a few ways you can increase your garlic intake, some like to buy garlic supplements from the health food store and take three times a day during the period of infection. Others chew or swallow whole small garlic cloves, which I’ve found is very effective, but can give you very bad breath and nasty burps! My favourite method by far is to cook up a big pot of pasta sauce with an extra large helping of garlic, and eat some daily over the course of an outbreak. It’s both delicious and effective!
2. Epsom or Sea Salt Baths – Bathing in a very warm (as warm as you can stand) bath with a cup of sea salt or Epsom salt will sterilize your sores and the natural minerals will help the healing process along very nicely. Additionally, a salt bath is very soothing and can reduce itching and swelling.
3. Tea Tree Oil – Applying tea tree oil to sores and rashes can increase healing time rapidly, is all natural and soothing, and can stop itching too. Tea tree oil is a very powerful antiseptic and has been used for centuries to treat everything from viral infections to open wounds.
By Kat Samson
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