5 Best Home Remedies For Whitlow

Whitlow is a very painful condition that develops around the finger nails, causing a characteristic swelling that is both tender to touch and has a throbbing pain.

Whitlow  is caused by the herpes simplex virus, and when you come in contact with someone who has been infected, you run a risk of getting infected too.

There are a handful of home remedies available for the natural treatment of Whitlow. But when it becomes aggravated, it is important to see the Doctor.

Simple Home Remedies;

1.Apply Ice on the finger

  • Wrap ice cubes in a clean cloth
  • Rub it over the infected finger and let the ice reduce the intensity of the pain.
  • Also, in case you can not rub the finger, fill a bowl with some water and add ice cubes to it.
  • Dip the affected finger in the ice cold water to reduce the intensity of the pain.
  • Repeat any of these actions over and over again and you will feel better

2. Use Fresh Garlic Cloves

  • Peel the garlic cloves, chop into small pieces and crush it into a paste
  • Put the paste on Cotton and carefully apply on the infected finger.
  • Make sure that your other fingers do not touch the infected finger, because it can easily cross.
  • Leave it on your finger for 20 minutes till it gets dry. Note that it will hurt.
  • Rinse it with warm water.
  • Do this 2 times a day.

3. Use Aloe-Vera

What You Need: Freshly cut aloe Vera leaf, sterile cotton wool/clean cloth and warm water for rinsing purposes.

  • Slice fresh aloe vera leaf in order to expose the inner succulent tissues
  • Squeeze out enough gel from the leaf so that you can apply on the infected area.
  • Apply the gel on cotton wool, then apply it on the infected finger
  • Allow it to get dry on its own then wash the gel off with warm water.
  • Do this 2 times a day.

4.Use Virgin coconut oil

What You Need: Coconut oil, warm water bath and cotton wool.

  • Place some of the Coconut oil in a bowl, and then put the bowl in a warm water.
  • After it has melted, dip cotton wool in the warm oil and place it on the infected finger.
  • Let the oil to get dry on its own, then wash it off with warm water.
  • Repeat this as many times as possible.

5. Use Peppermint tea 

What You Need: Peppermint tea bag, 1 cup of water and honey to taste.