With a 50% chance of contracting an STD by the age of 25, we can safely say they are a common affliction. Having STDs can be physically and mentally agonizing. There is a variety of cures available in drugstores with prices ranging from a few dollars to a few hundred dollars. However, most of their active ingredients can be easily replicated at home, for lower costs to replace or enhance a classical treatment’s results.
Garlic is an efficient antiseptic and antiviral that works from the inside to fight sexually transmitted infectious diseases like yeast infections, chlamydia, or gonorrhea. The active substances work on two levels: First, they attack the disease directly and reduce its effects; In the meantime, they also strengthen the immune system and help the body fight on its own.
Tea Tree Oil
Given its antibacterial and soothing properties, tea tree oil is an efficient local cure for STDs that induce pain, itchiness, inflammation, or burning sensations in the genital area. It can be applied with a cotton tampon or used as an ingredient for sitz baths. However, tea tree oil must be used diluted in warm water or other less potent oils, like olive or coconut oil.
Baking soda is another discomfort reliever that can be used locally. It relieves inflammation and itching, but also works against external manifestations of genital herpes or syphilis, like sores or ulcers. It can be used as powder directly on the affected area. It can also be replaced by or used together with cornstarch.
Although an effective solution for burning and itching sensations caused by some STDs, their effect as a discomfort reliever is temporary. However, ice cubes can be used for treating genital warts caused by the Human Papillomavirus as a home cryotherapy tool.
Aloe Vera Gel
Known for its anti-inflammatory and soothing properties, Aloe Vera gel fights against local manifestations of STDs. Sores, burning, or itchiness can be relieved by applying the gel directly on the affected genital area. It can be used whenever necessary, taken directly from an aloe plant. However, it is not recommended to use it on open wounds since it could irritate the already sensitive skin.
How to Ensure their Effectiveness for Treating STDs
Other things to do when having an STD, no matter the treatment, include:
- Having a proper hygiene. Although a requirement for healthy individuals too, hygiene is a must when having an STD. Washing the genital area at least twice a day with purpose-built products will eliminate the cause of infection.
- Keeping the area dry. Moisture worsens the symptoms of STDs and provides an environment in which bacteria can easily develop.
- Using loose cotton underwear. The genital area skin needs to breathe in order to heal itself. Using loose underwear lowers the chances of spreading the infection because healthy skin comes in less contact with affected areas.
- Having a balanced diet. Vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients are critical for a healthy body and a sharp immune system.
- Avoiding scented intimate care products. Using specialized products effectively cleans the sensitive genital area skin without drying or irritating it further. Scentless products are recommended because they are gentle and mild.
- Using protection.
STDs are among the most common reasons patients see their doctors and even though there is a stigma around them, promiscuity only accounts for a small percent of cases. Using home remedies can enhance the effects of prescription medicine and, in some cases, completely replace them.