Genital herpes is a highly contagious viral disease which stays with the person for his whole life causing troubles during the outbreaks, home remedies can only help in relieving the pain and itching of the sores. Genital herpes is herpes simplex type two which is more severe in causing pain and irritation compared to herpes simplex type one which affects mouth and the nearby area. Simplex type one is very easy to spread as it can infect a person even by sharing same utensils for eating and in both types of herpes there may not be any symptoms evident in the infected person at the initial stage but virus is capable enough to affect others.
As it is highly contagious so protecting your own body is primary home remedy for genital herpes, wash your hands every time you have touched your genitals or you have touched or washed your used under garment. Do not share bed sheets and other things at home with others. Remember condom does not provide complete protection from herpes virus, so relations shall be completely avoided during the outbreak and condoms shall be used between them to avoid infecting your partner.
During the outbreak baking soda can be applied on the sores to relieve itching and pain with the help of a cotton ball. Do not second dip the ball as it will contaminate the baking soda powder. Do not rub the cotton ball on the sores as it may scratch them to hurt more just pat them to apply baking soda. Cornstarch can also be applied in the similar way to the sores and it also works as an effective home remedy for genital herpes by providing soothing effect to the painful and itchy sores.
Aloe vera gel is also very useful in relieving pain and itching of herpes sores and this can be applied even inside the genitals. Pure aloe vera gel available in the market can be used for great effects and you can use fresh gel by trimming the thorny edges of the sticks of an aloe vera plant and cooling them in the freezer. The gel is sticky in nature so it clings well to the affected area. Try to use these home remedies for genital herpes after the bath or in the evening which helps them to stay longer to give soothing effect.
Drinking a cup of peppermint tea also helps in relaxing the mind and the body, it can also control the fever if it is present, and during the outbreak more relaxed is your mind more easily you will pass the phase. Applying tea bags on the sores after wetting them with cold water makes them release tannic acid which can relieve the itch and pain and is an easy to use home remedy for genital herpes.
Use hair dryer to dry the sores after a shower, do not take a dip in the tub use shower for bathing. Some people apply calamine lotion and zinc oxide to dry up the sores which is an effective home remedy as it improves the healing process of genital herpes but it shall not be used by women as these lotions can be harmful if used near a mucous membrane.