Herpes simplex viruses (HSVs) are linear double-stranded DNA viruses that cause acute skin infections and present as grouped vesicles on an erythematous base. Rarely, these viruses can cause serious illness and can affect pregnancy, leading to significant harm to the fetus. Most infections are recurrent and tend to reappear at or near the same location. Herpes labialis is the most common infection caused by HSV type 1 (HSV-1), whereas genital herpes is usually caused by HSV type 2 (HSV-2). Other clinical manifestations of HSV infection are less common.
Herpes usually causes blisters which can be itchy and uncomfortable. The first outbreak is usually the most severe. Blisters usually take between two days and three weeks to appear, following the initial infection. The blisters start off as small bumps, developing into full blisters and eventually bursting, releasing pus. Blisters can be small or large, and may be just one blister, or a cluster located close together. Other symptoms can include:* Painful itching in the area of the outbreak
In newborns herpes infections are usually the result of the virus being passed from mother to baby at the time of delivery. The highest risk of passing herpes to a newborn occurs when a pregnant woman develops primary herpes during her third trimester. In contrast, the risk of transmitting herpes to a newborn is much less (about 3%) in women who have recurrent herpes during their pregnancy. Vaginal delivery also increases the risk of transmission if active lesions are present in the genital area at the time of delivery. Neonatal herpes (within the first month of life) can be very severe, affecting the brain and other internal organs. Even with treatment, newborns have a very high risk of death.
Infants can also become infected with HSV through direct skin-to-skin contact with someone who has an active lesion. For instance:* Kissing a child when you have an active lesion.
These infections are far less severe in nature and usually result in only sores on the mouth or lips of the infant.
Ayurvedic View and Treatments available:-
Sarasapi or Sarasapika is the Ayurvedic term that can be correlated with Herpes infection, which means mustard-like blisters. Shukaja Sarasapi is genital herpes and Pramehaja sarasapi is facial herpes. Both of them may have the same characteristics but the etiologies are different.
It is one of the major skin disease. Mainly pitta dosha aggravates along with involvement of kapha and vata dosha. Pitta dosha is responsible factor for the eruption of reddish painful boils in the hands, armpit, shoulder, eyes and waist.
Ayurvedic treatment for Herpes Simplex Virus:
For treating Herpes Simplex HSV-1 and HSV-2 Herpes labialis and Genital Herpes, Ayurveda recommends a combination of corrective diet especially pitta pacifying diet, daily exercise and herbal medicines both for internal use as well as for external local application in the form of herbal pastes and medicated oils massage. Medicated oils in the form of Nasyam are also very effective.
Ayurvedic Herbs and Herbal products used for treating Herpes are:-
* Neem - Neem is very effective in treating Herpes infection by acting as an effective antiviral and antibacterial agent. Helps to avoid complications. Neem acts as a antioxidant as well. Helps to stop nerve damage caused by virus and superadded bacterial infection.
* Yashtimadhu - It is very effective in relieving itching, burning, rashes and blisters. It acts as an antioxidant as well as immunobooster. Glycyrrhizin is a chemical constituent present in this herb, which is scientifically proven to act against DNA and RNA viruses including HZV, HSV.
* Haritaki - It is a very good antioxidant, antiinflammatory, antiallergic, digestive herb; very effective in viral and bacterial infections.Thus it helps in reducing rashes, nervine pain, blisters and burning sensation.
* Giloy - It is a proven best antiviral herbs as well as it helps to raise immunity. Very effective to decrease pitta to help in burning sensation and all flu like symptoms especially in first few days of infection.
* Chamomille - Very good antiviral and effective in reducing all rash related symptoms.
* Patol - This herb helps to reduce inflammation, burning sensation.
* Ghritam - It is very good to balance pitta and vata doshas. Helps in reducing burning sensation, pain and stiffness in rases. Makes skin more emollient and helps in soothing.
* Boswellia - Helps in reducing inflammation and pain.
* Manjistha - Acts as an antiviral agent. Helps in reducing nerve pain and detoxification of body.
Above mentioned Ayurvedic herbs along with many other Ayurvedic herbs not only help Herpes Simplex infected person in reducing symptoms but also help to control this condition from the root cause. For detailed treatment plan please contact Life Line Ayurvedic Herbal Clinic team here.
Disclaimer : Sandeep Kumar and Anupam Vasudeva are not GP, they have Ayurveda medical degree from India where it is considered equal to any other medical degree. This qualification is recognized in Australia by vetassess governing body as Complementary Health Therapists. Life Line Ayurvedic Herbal Clinic does not claim to cure a disease or terminal illness and does not create any unreasonable expectation of beneficial treatment. Ayurvedic medicines and treatments are generally considered to be safe but rarely may be associated with possible adverse reactions in individual cases. We recommend seeking urgent medical attention in the case of an adverse reaction. This website provides you with information. You must contact your Ayurvedic or another health professional before you apply them. Read More