“I wish I could have a clean and marks free face”- this is what every youngster desires, right? But, the obstacles like pimples, blackheads, blisters etc. create trouble on the way. Today, the obstacle on the top of the list is oral herpes or mouth herpes. It can swallow your confidence, presentation, beauty and even your friends and relatives circle. Okay, it can do this much to you, but what is it? What do you think mouth herpes is? What is the reason for us to get caught by it? We’ll help you to get the answer.
Oral herpes or mouth herpes is an infection of the lips, mouth or gums due to herpes simplex virus. There are two types of herpes simplex virus- herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV 1) and herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV 2). This disease is caused typically by HSV-1.
HSV 1 causes 80% oral herpes cases and 20% genital herpes cases. If we talk about the percentage of people affected by it, it is huge, far more than our expectations. 75%-80% of USA population is suffering from herpes, either type 1 or type 2 (the whole world is still remaining to count). Shocking! Yes, it is.
Oral herpes is commonly referred to as ‘cold sores’ or ‘fever blisters’ because it mainly causes small, painful blisters. The virus causes painful sores on the upper and lower lips, gums, tongue, roof of the mouth, inside the cheeks or nose and even on face, chin or neck. In these instances, herpes is known as oral facial herpes. Oral herpes is also called herpes labials. It is most commonly transmitted by kissing or sharing drinks or utensils, but can also be contracted by having oral sex with a partner having genital herpes. HSV- 1 and 2 can be contracted from infected bodily fluids including semen, vaginal fluid, saliva or herpes lesions, sores or blister fluid. Oral herpes is also transmitted through direct contact between contagious area and broken skin (a cut or a break) and mucous membrane tissue (mouth or genitals). Upon entering a cell, the disease doesn’t show any symptoms. If the virus destroys the host cell during replication, the sores or blisters with fluid appear. Scabs form over the sores or blisters and once the fluid is absorbed, the scabs disappear without any scars left. After first outbreak, for many days throughout the year, the process may repeat without showing any symptom. But ultimately, after that, the virus remains dormant under the cells without affecting or even giving any symptom. It can become dormant for an undeterminable period and even become reactive again unpredictably. Herpes can occur even when there is no sign or symptom present for the same. The herpes virus plays so smartly that it is sometimes not even visible to our immune system. This may be a reason for not having any vaccination available for its prevention. But, how do we know that we have been caught by the disease?
Well, of course, mouth herpes later on shows some symptoms like fever, blisters and cold sores around the mouth and lips. It may also be included with itching, burning or tingling around the mouth or lips. However, before the appearance of first blisters and cold sores, the person infected by the virus may also experience flu-like symptoms including sore throat, fever, swollen glands, and/or pain while swallowing. If the fluid in blisters is touched and then same hand is used to touch other parts of the body, the virus can spread to that part also including eyes (can even make you blind), chest, fingers, hands etc. The herpes type 1 antibodies have a development period of 2 weeks to 6 months (varies from person to person). This duration is enough for the antibodies to grow up to the noticeable level. Now, we know that it is a dangerous, chronic and invisible disease.
After HSV-1 infects any person, it has a unique ability to move through three stages:
Stage-1 Primary Infection
The virus enters your skin or mucous membrane, generally through small cracks or breaks, and then reproduces. During this stage, oral sores, blisters and other symptoms, such as fever, may develop.
The virus may not cause any sores and symptoms. It is also possible that people affected by the disease may not know about it. This is called asymptomatic infection. Asymptomatic infection occurs twice as often as the disease with symptoms.
The virus from infected site moves to a mass of nervous tissue in the spine called the dorsal root ganglion. There the virus reproduces again, usually without any symptoms, and become inactive, until reactivated by certain body conditions.
When people encounter certain stresses (also termed triggers), emotional or physical, the virus may reactivate and cause new sores and symptoms. The following factors may contribute to or trigger recurrence: stress, illness, ultraviolet light (UV rays of sunlight), fever, fatigue, hormonal changes, immune depression and trauma to a site or nerve region where previous HSV infection occurred.
The sores and symptoms of mouth herpes usually completely disappear in two to three weeks with no scarring. However, the symptoms may reappear under certain stressful circumstances. Rarely, some complications may develop in a few individuals, i.e. atopic eczema, encephalitis, keratoconjunctivitis, pharyngitis, hepatitis, herpes whitlow (HSV blisters or lesions on the fingers). All yet we have been talking about its effects and symptoms, but, what about its cure? Is there any option available for its cure?
Well, we understand your concern and we are feeling very regretful to say that there is no permanent cure available in the market for this disease. Yes, friends, there are some options available for temporary treatment, but if it goes about the permanent cure, the research is still on the way. But, they are for those, who have already been caught by the same. Remember, prevention is always better than cure. Those who are still safe and unaffected by mouth herpes should better avoid the situation by not kissing or doing oral sex with anyone caught by the disease.
Antiviral medicines, such as acyclovir, famciclovir and valacyclovir, are the most effective medications available for people infected with herpes. These medicines can be used to reduce the severity and frequency of symptoms; however they cannot cure the infection. There is one drawback of these medicines, and that is side-effect. These antivirals have lots of side-effects leading to create more troubles for you. They can gift you with some new flues like fever, vomiting, rashes, allergy, stress, anxiety, tiredness etc. And if you go for some ointment, it can harm your lips as it can easily slip into your mouth. So, better go for some natural remedies to cure the disease.
Let’s talk about some natural methods to get mouth herpes cured:
Remedy#1 Olive Oil
Olive oil can be proved as one of the best home remedies for herpes cure. It is rich in anti-oxidants and known for moisturizing the skin. At first, heat olive oil in a dish and add some lavender oil and bee wax to it. Let the mixture cool down and apply it on directly on the affected area after cooling. It will efficiently help reducing the effects of virus infection.
It is a medicinal plant having anti-viral properties. It is known for enhancing the immune system. The herb can be consumed as tea, juice or pills. Intake of this plant’s any part like leaves, flowers, stem etc. will be beneficial for us and helpful in reducing the effects of herpes.
Remedy#3 Ice Pack
Take some ice cubes and crush them. Now pack these crushes ice cubes in a plastic bag and then wrap it in a cloth. Keeping it on the sores for 15-20 minutes will reduce swelling and itching. Repeat the process many times a day. However, it will not cure your disease, but will help you reduce pain and feel relief. Always remember not to apply ice cube directly on the skin. It can worsen the condition.
Remedy#4 Tea Tree Oil
Add a few drops of tea tree oil in a glass of water and gargle with it. It’ll help healing ulcers in your mouth and prevent the further herpes sores outbreak. It is again an efficient way, actually natural efficient way, to treat herpes.
Remedy#5 Baking Soda
Baking soda can be proved to be an effective method of getting rid of herpes fast. It does provide relief in the itching and pain associated with the herpes sores. Make a paste of baking soda with water to prepare a thick paste. Apply it directly to the affected area. It will help to dry out the oozing sores.
Remedy#6 Lemon Balm
Lemon balm is rich in flavonoids, phenolic acid and rosmarinic acid, which helps in healing sores and blisters. Add 2-3 ml lemon balm tincture in water. Stir it well and drink the solution. Repeat it for 2-3 times in a day. It is also available in the form of creams, which you can directly apply to treat the sores.
Remedy#7 Licorice Roots
Licorice roots possess therapeutic properties and glycyrrhizic acid which fight with the herpes virus and help in herpes treatment accordingly. The extracts of licorice roots can be effective for the treatment of herpes.
This may not be beneficial for pregnant women or people with heart diseases. The reason is that excess use of the extracts of licorice roots may lead to hypertension and lowering the amount of potassium in the body.
Remedy#8 Tea Bags
Black tea is rich in tannin. It has anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties. What you require to do is to prepare a cup of black tea with the help of tea bag and allow it to cool down. Then apply the tea bag to the infected area. Now, leave it as it is for next 5 minutes. Repeat the process for two to three times daily for improved results.
Cornstarch helps in absorbing excessive moisture from the skin and helps in reducing chafing and itching. Just apply some cornstarch directly to the affected area to get herpes sores dried. So friends, it can also be one of the most efficient natural remedies for herpes cure.
If you are applying it by cotton ball, don’t use the same cotton ball again.
Remedy#10 Domeboro Powder
Mix a packet of domeboro powder with water as per the directions. Dip a clean cloth in the solution and apply directly to the infected area. It will be a beneficial way to heal the herpes infection.
Remedy#11 Aloe Vera Gel
Like a number of other benefits, aloe vera is again among the list of herpes treatment methods. It can be effective for healing herpes blisters. To soothe the itching and redness, pure aloe vera gel should be used on sores. The second option is to use the gelled part of the fresh aloe vera.
One of the other natural remedies for herpes is lysine. It is actually a kind of amino acids that is found in foods, including milk, brewer’s yeast, cheeses, chicken etc. It is known for reducing herpes outbreak. Lysine cream is also available in the market. It can be applied on infected areas.
Remedy#13 Black Coffee
Black coffee is the best remedy for treating mouth herpes, especially when it is inside the mouth or on lips. What you need to do is to prepare a cup of black coffee and let it cool down. Now, take a sip and hold it in your mouth for some time. Move it on your lips as well. You will get an unexpected better result.
Remedy#14 Natural Oils
Again a readily available natural gift is there for mouth herpes cure. Natural oils are effective in relieving the herpes ache and itching. Olive, jojoba, vitamin E, camellia etc. are known for fighting with virus. You just need to apply anyone of these oils or mixture of some oils on the infected area. It will help healing the infected skin.
Goldenseal is again an effective natural treatment for mouth herpes. Take some walnut hull powder and add Echinacea and goldenseal in it. Prepare a thick paste of the same. Now, apply the paste directly to the infected area for better results. Goldenseal is also available in the form of pills, tincture and bulk powder.
Provided above are all the natural methods of curing mouth herpes. Everyone says that there is no cure for herpes. But, this is not exactly correct. “Ayurveda” has solution for every question. By using these methods, you can even get rid of mouth herpes. But, what if you know some points that you can use to prevent you from mouth herpes! I think it will be a better option, Right?
So, let’s discuss about some points that you can perform to prevent yourself from getting caught by mouth herpes and help you avoid the attack of herpes virus if already caught.
Avoid sexual intercourse and kissing for some time until the sores are properly healed.
Drink a lot of water to maintain dehydration level in your body.
Practice proper hygiene, like hand washing, to avoid bacterial infection.
Engage in stress management or stress relief activities like yoga and meditation.
Stop sharing spoons, glasses, tooth-brush and mouth guards with the infected person.
Take a regular sleep of 7-8 hours.
Avoid alcohol, sugar and junk foods.
Avoid chocolates, seeds, peanuts and cereals as they have a high amount of arginine.
If the world is facing some disease, that doesn’t mean that you will surely be a part of it. But, it doesn’t mean that you always be safe without any precautions. Via this article, we want to convey our knowledge and a message to all of you who have already been caught by mouth herpes as well as who are still safe. Friends, here above we have provided you with every possible natural solution to get rid of the disease as well as to stay away from the disease. But, the most important point that I want to highlight before you is “STRESS”. No matter our disease is of high magnitude or low, the only thing that affects it poorly is stress. It is only our mind that makes the things easy and difficult, good and worse, fair and unfair and so on…… I know, many of you must have already searched a lot about the precautions and cure a lot and if there is a case of not getting the solution, you might have got disappointed. May be, you would have read these points with no interest due to lack of faith because of other responses from other websites, right?
Well, in this case, I’ll say- Just try the formulas without thinking much in mind. One more reason for which you can use these without thinking is that they don’t carry side-effects with them. Unlike other medications, they will not invite any other form of disease or allergy to you. But, again I’ll say, if you will take stress, these naturals remedies are not going to treat you the way they can do. We understand that a disease, actually such an invisible chronic disease, can definitely make you think of it again and again and even can let you go under depression. But, where the benefit lies? Of course, Ayurveda, like you, cannot imagine a world with disease and no cure. That is why it has brought us so many remedies with so many readily available naturals products that we cannot even imagine. So, utilize these natural products and have their benefit to stay safe.