Back herpes is not just a cosmetic problem. This pathology can have different causes and symptoms depending on the specific virus that causes it. For this reason, it is a good idea to know the type of herpes you are suffering from and treat it as soon as possible.
In the popular sphere, it is considered that certain natural remedies can be used to relieve the discomfort caused by herpes in the back. Some of them are brewer’s yeast, aloe vera and propolis.
More about back herpes
Herpes is an infectious disease caused by a virus. It is considered a chronic pathology, since this virus remains in our body and triggers outbreaks according to different factors.
Symptoms, affected area, and severity also vary according to the type of virus, which can be simple or zoster.
Both back herpes and any other variant appear in the body when the immune system is weakened.
Regarding treatment, the Spanish Society of Internal Medicine points out the following:
- It is not possible to eliminate the herpes zoster virus from the body through any treatment, although certain medications can be taken to alleviate or lessen the symptoms and recover as quickly as possible.
- Topical treatment should also be performed on skin lesions, in order to accelerate the formation of crusts and avoid discomfort and superinfections. For this, dilute zinc sulphate dressings are usually applied.
Natural Remedies for Back Herpes
Next, we’ll share more about these remedies. However, we want to clarify that these remedies should never replace pharmacological treatment or recommendations made by the doctor.
Remember that although natural remedies are often proposed, they are not always the most convenient for all cases. In addition, it should be taken into account that, if the doctor authorizes its use or consumption, the medicine will become an extra complement within a healthy lifestyle.
According to Mayo Clinic experts, one of the home remedies that can help bring relief is to apply cold compresses to blisters. They also indicate that instead of applying compresses, you can take cold showers.
Echinacea is a plant to which various properties are attributed. It has been used topically for ulcers, wounds and other conditions such as herpes on the back.
While it has not been fully proven to have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral and antiseptic properties, some scientists consider it to be a drug with potential. However, they emphasize that it is important to continue investigating and deepening.
In the popular sphere, it is said that the infusion of echinacea could help “strengthen” the immune system, which would contribute to the treatment of the infection.
There are those who consume the infusion of echinacea to relieve back herpes, however, it has not been proven that this drink can be responsible for any kind of improvement.
In a study published in 2010, it was concluded that some compounds from echinacea may be useful in the treatment of patients with recurrent cold sores.
2. Brewer’s yeast
Brewer’s yeast contains lysine, one of the ten essential amino acids for humans. It is also made up of other important nutrients, such as:
- Minerals and trace elements (such as selenium and chromium).
- B vitamins, folic acid and biotin pantothenate.
It is thought that, due to its lysine content, brewer’s yeast can help fight herpes simplex infection. Therefore, in the popular context, it is recommended to consume this food within the diet, in order to obtain this benefit and, in addition, “strengthen” the health of the immune system.
*It is advisable to consult your doctor before starting to take brewer’s yeast in tablets or other similar formats.
Garlic has been considered a food that, due to its allicin content, can be a natural antibiotic, able to help fight infections. However, it is proven that the consumption of garlic, as such, is not capable of providing such benefits.
There are those who consume it regularly in food and there are those who crush it and apply its paste to wounds. However, dermatologists clarify that it is not recommended to do this, as it can cause irritation and aggravate the condition.
Another food that has come to be considered a possible natural antibiotic is propolis. However, there is no evidence that it works this way or contributes significantly to the treatment of back herpes or any other infection.
5. Aloe Vera
As aloe vera is often attributed healing and anti-inflammatory properties, it is common for this plant to be recommended as a natural remedy for herpes blisters on the back.
Again, dermatologists do not recommend using aloe vera in this way as it may prove counterproductive. If you want to resort to this (or other remedies), it is best to consult your doctor first.
To properly treat back herpes, the best thing you can do is go to your doctor and follow his directions. In addition, it is recommended that you maintain good lifestyle habits, as they can add a lot to your health, and not just in case of illness.