I have just had an outbreak and found that bathing the area with TCP (diluted or neat) worked really well. It stings, but numbs the area and is a great disinfectant.
There are several things that help. A hot epsom salt bath to soothe and alleviate itching, apple cider vinegar is good for the pain and also for yeast infections which you can also douche with diluted as well. Hydrogen Peroxide which is said to be antiviral but so far I just noticed it to be a little soothing. Tea Tree essential oil is good for the symptoms and also seems to lessen the time span. That's my favorite remedy so far. Baking soda paste is also good to stop itching. All these are great in a hot bath for GH and a large array of other health benefits. Everyone should try it. Lemon Balm essential oil is said to be the best. Studies were done in Germany I guess and not only did it rid the symptoms but would stop or cure the outbreaks in just a couple days. That's something I'm definately going to have to try.
This works amazing!
I was deathly sick for about 2 weeks and had my first outbreak. It was terrible. Between the pain and burning I didnt know what to do. I went to barnes and noble and got this at home remedies book for herpes. I tried a few of the remedies but this one worked amazing. Take a hot bath for about 15-20 minutes. When you get out, lightly dab the area dry or if too painful make a paper fan and fan the area dry. Then make a paste. Use baking soda and water. make sure the paste is kind of think. use a q-tip and dot on the paste to the affected areas. what this does is ease the pain, dry out the herpes and helps heal faster. you can do this up to 3 times a day.
I have a remedy that has really worked for me. I have been outbreak free for about 4 years now. When I got my first outbreak I was deathly ill. Just thougth I had the flu till I got the tell tell sign and saw my doc. I started researching differant remedeis and so called cures. One popped out and made sense. I found a website on Hidrogine peroxide treatments. I use a3-5% solution from the drug store and use it as a douche when I feel an outbreak coming on, or when I feel the tingling. I have been doing this for 4 years now and no outbreak. Last possible outbreak/tingling was almost 1 1/2 years ago. The peroxide will kill any harmfull bacteria or virus present. It will not harm any of the helpful bacteria that is needed in the vagina. Works great for me.
Ugh. As if I'm not already miserable... I'm 8 months pregnant and was just diagnosed. I've never been aware or had reason to think that I had herpes, til now. Guess the stress of pregnancy brought on my first outbreak. Unless I can get this taken care of looks like I'll be having a c-section, which is fine with me if it's what I have to do.
Anyway, besides prescriptions - my Dr. recommended to get pain relief to take an oatmeal/Aveeno (hot) bath. And warned me NOT to use any kind of ointments as they just protect the skin and keep it moist - which is what you don't want to do! I'm trying it tonight... fingers crossed this works. *sigh*
Take garlic supplements daily to prevent outbreaks. Take with food and they are odourless and garlic is actually great for general health too. Garlic pills can be found at any drugstore, Walmart, Walgreens, etc. You should get LESS outbreaks as garlic is anitviral. My friend recommended it and it does work for me. Hope it works for you!
I have tried a oatmeal sit bath you put oatmeal in a pantyhose and fill the bath with water just enough to cover the area and put the oatmeal in and i would squeaze it over the area and it would heal real good and it helps with the itchyness
for the itching use plain yogurt, you can wipe some on a napkin or a pad and change every 2hrs, it instantly soothes and takes the itch away. daily lysine is good to prevent outbreaks. and daub apple cider vinager on you infected area, if you shave dont do it immidiatly after it will burn.
i just wnat to tell you about a remedy that you should NOT try. it sounded good at the time like a lot of things, i went to the local drug store and found some Lysine ointment with all kinds of good stuff like vitamins a and d and e.i thought maybe it would help my out break if i put it on. well i woke up the next morning and everything was raw and much much worse. so i would not try lysine ointment.
At the first sign of an outbreak, take L-Lysine and increase your intake of Vitamin C. Dab the area with tea tree oil, lavender oil or a combo of both for instant relief.