While most people have been exposed to the herpes virus, many people go on to suffer symptoms in the forms of cold sores or genital blisters. Getting rid of herpes for good or preventing outbreaks can be tough, since no one knows what triggers them. Natural treatments for herpes can help you get rid of herpes and stop having future outbreaks.
Herpes, also known as the herpes simplex virus (HSV), is the most common sexually transmitted disease on earth. There are two main herpes virus strains:1,2,3
- HSV-1 — Causes both genital and oral herpes
- HSV-2 — Causes genital herpes
It’s more common for the HSV-1 virus to affect the mouth and cause oral herpes, and it’s more common for the HSV-2 virus to affect the genitals and cause genital herpes. The herpes virus is only transmitted through skin-to-skin and can be transmitted in any of the following ways:1,2
- Mouth to mouth
- Mouth to genitals
- Genitals to mouth
- Genitals to genitals
Herpes can be transmitted through vaginal, anal or oral sex from an infected person to a non-infected person. You cannot become infected with herpes through toilet seats, swimming pools or any other way besides direct skin contact.1
The herpes virus can lay dormant inside an infected person and never produce any symptoms. Or, the virus may cause multiple outbreaks of symptoms throughout the infected person’s lifetime.1,2
However, when symptoms to appear, it’s in the form of fluid-filled blisters that eventually burst and leave ulcers or scabs. Coming into direct contact with a herpes blister is what increases your chances of becoming infected. However, even without a visible outbreak, herpes can still be transmitted via herpes-infected skin cells shedding onto the skin of another person.1
Most people infected with the HSV virus don’t produce any signs or symptoms and likely don’t even know they’ve been infected. If you do experience symptoms, it’s likely within 2 days to 2 weeks after your initial exposure to the virus. Herpes symptoms include the following:2
- Pain, itching and/or tingling around the genital area
- Small, red or white bumps or blisters that form around the genitals or anal area
- Ulcers that form from burst blisters that ooze fluid or blood
- Scabs that forms once the ulcers begin to heal
Top Natural Remedies for Herpes
Herpes symptoms can be managed with the right home remedies that heal blisters and prevent outbreaks. Here are some of the natural remedies to get rid of herpes for good:
Apple Cider Vinegar - Apple cider vinegar can be applied topically to herpes blisters to remove the infection and heal ulcers and sores.
Peroxide - Peroxide has proven to be an effective topical remedy for killing the HSV-1 virus and inhibiting it from producing sores and blisters.
Lysine - Lysine is a natural remedy with proven results for reducing the number of herpes outbreaks a person may experience. It also helps to speed up recovery time and prevent future herpes breakouts.
Prunella Vulgaris - Also known as heal-all, Prunella vulgaris is a herb that has been studied for its effectiveness as an anti-herpes treatment for both genital and oral herpes.
Tea Tree Oil - Tea tree essential oil is a natural anti-viral treatment that can help heal herpes sores and reduce the number of future outbreaks.