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A Form Of Herpes Known As Herpetic Whitlow

Author: Virginia G.
Date: 08-18-2006
Views: 18,452
Word Count: 265
Questions Received: 1
Testimonial ID: 1663-OR
Brand Neutral: Yes
Scientific Studies: 4

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My 2 year old son developed a large blister covering his entire upper finger. We thought maybe he had an insect bite of sorts, but couldn't find any matching descriptions online.

We would pop it and release the fluid, but it would return within hours. It was very painful for him as well. We weren't sure which oils to try, so we started with Lavender which helped ease the pain, but didn't really shrink the blister. It finally disappeared within a week.

A day later another larger blister appeared on a different finger on the opposite hand covering the entire upper part of his finger. Now I knew we weren't dealing with an insect bite. I researched blisters online and the only thing it resembled was a form of herpes known as herpetic whitlow.

It is more common with preschoolers who mouth toys and such. Well, I knew herpes was viral and checked our essential oils reference book. Oregano was our oil of choice. We diluted 2-3 drops in 2 tablespoons of virgin coconut oil since it is a "hot" oil. I hoped we weren't over-diluting. I applied it liberally with a q-tip over the entire blister and I also applied it over the remaining site of the previous blister.

Within 30 minutes the blister opened and dried flat. After about 3 hours it peeled back to reveal fresh uninflamed new skin. I applied it again to the new skin. The next day you could hardly tell where the blisters had been. It never returned.

Praise the Lord for his marvelous creation of plants and essential oils.

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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: herpes — "The presence of beta-caryophyllene in many essential oils might contribute strongly to their antiviral ability. These results indicate that phenylpropanoids and sesquiterpenes present in essential oils contribute to their antiviral activity against HSV [herpes simplex virus]."Link
2.Associated topics: herpes — "The patient was successfully treated with topical peppermint oil [for postherpetic neuralgia, a complication of shingles].... The authors believe this is the first evidence of peppermint oil (or menthol) having a strong analgesic effect on neuropathic pain."Link
3.Associated topics: herpes — "Essential oils from anise, hyssop, thyme, ginger, camomile and sandalwood were screened for their inhibitory effect against herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) [genital herpes]. A clearly dose-dependent virucidal activity against HSV-2 could be demonstrated for all essential oils tested. Chamomile oil exhibited a high selectivity index and seems to be a promising candidate for topical therapeutic application as virucidal agents for treatment of herpes genitalis."Link
4.Associated topics: lesions — "Herbalists treat skin ailments, such as fungal infections (like candidiasis), wounds, eczema, and acne, with lavender oil. It is also used in a healing bath for joint and muscle pain. One study evaluating treatments for children with eczema found [that] it was therapeutic touch from the mother that improved symptoms; in other words, massage with and without essential oils (including lavender) both reduced the dry, scaly skin lesions. Another study found that lavender oil may improve pain control after surgery."Link

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