Herpes is an infection caused by the herpes simplex virus that can cause symptoms such as blisters and ulcers. Although there is no cure for herpes, there are treatments available that can help relieve symptoms. Home remedies, such as applying ice packs and washing the area with salt water, may help reduce discomfort. Some studies suggest that garlic may be effective against HSV, but there is no clear evidence to support this.
People should be aware of the risk of burns when using raw garlic topically on the skin. Vitamin E capsules may also help reduce symptoms, but it is important to check the ingredients to ensure they are suitable for a vegan lifestyle. Essential oils are not recommended as there is not enough evidence to show that they can help control herpes symptoms. Antiviral medications, such as valacyclovir and famciclovir, may be prescribed by a doctor.
Blink Health and Lemonaid are services that can help people get access to medications at a lower cost. It is important to avoid any contact with another person's mouth and genitals to reduce the risk of contracting genital herpes. Oral vitamin C, in combination with antiviral therapy, may reduce the recurrence of herpes simplex keratitis. Applying petroleum jelly to the affected area may also reduce discomfort associated with urination.