I recently had sex with my boyfriend and about a week later I experienced burning and itching around my vaginal area. I noticed that this pain and itching was caused by Herpes and was wondering if there are any home remedies that can either prevent the pain, redness and itching, or even cure me of herpes because I would prefer not to use medication if possible.
You may have to turn to doctor-prescribed medications, and your doctor can give you an accurate diagnosis, but there are some things you can try:
Some experts do believe that certain vitamins and nutrients that bolster immunity may help your body to reduce the number of recurrences. Beta-carotene, vitamin C and zinc may help. Specifically, vitamin E may have a role in helping to alleviate the pain associated with herpes outbreaks and also help to reduce the frequency of recurrences.
Some alternative medicine practitioners suggest L-lysine supplements to help inhibit herpes activity.
Alternative medicine practitioners do believe that chocolate, peanuts and other nuts, seeds, and cereal grains, which contain arginine, may be a contributing factor to outbreaks, so you can test out this theory.
Lactobacillus acidophilus capsules may also help.
Foods and Steps to avoid Herpes Holistically without valtrex or even lysine
It's still worthwhile to check with a doctor before trying any of these recommendations since local treatments may help as well.
I forgot to mention in my first answer that I upped my vitamin E from 800mg to 1600, took omega-3's--flax oil and fish oil, vitamin C to boost immune system, even took a supplement called Sea Vegg made from ocean vegetation, stayed away from: chocolate, nuts or nut butters, citrus juices, caffeine, and red meat.
I just finished my first genital herpes outbreak and IT HURT!! I tried baking soda, half a regular sized box in a warm bath and it helped. The next bath, half a box of baking soda, several drops of tea tree essential oil and several drops of lavender essential oil helped --gave releif of burning, sorenes--even more!! I tried a small bowl with some warm water and added some tea tree essential oil to it, cut a piece of clean cotton colorless clothe and soaked it and then applied directly to the lesions and it burned at first!! I left it in place a few minutes, removed and threw away the clothe, and when it dried, I had a lot of relief. Tea tree oil is a natural antiviral, etc. Careful though, it was not easy to handle but in the long run, it helped. I have been taking Colloidal Silver from the health food store and Valtrex from my Gyno and hoping that it would decrease the length of my outbreak and 4 days was the length of it. I had read 3-4 weeks is typical and was mortified at that idea. I also increased my water intake so that my urine would not burn me.