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.
- Steep a peppermint tea bag in a cup of hot water for 5 minutes.
- keep the teabag aside and let the tea cool before taking it.
- Keep the tea bag on a set of ice cubes. Then put the cold teabag on the infected finger to cool it and provide much-needed relief from the symptoms of whitlow.