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How to Treat STD At Home — Remedies That Relieve STD Symptoms
Updated on September 16, 2022
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How to Treat STD At Home — Remedies That Relieve STD Symptoms

When you get a sexually transmitted infection (STI), you may experience mild to severe symptoms. Some of them can be extremely uncomfortable, and cause itching and pain.

Many "health experts" claim that there are home remedies to relieve your symptoms.

We wanted to know if they could ease your discomfort until you received medical treatment. So we consulted Dr. Rizza Mira on some of the most popular STD home remedies.

She's an experienced practitioner who specializes in acute and chronic conditions. This includes sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) like chlamydia and herpes.

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Symptoms of Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Some STIs or STDs may cause symptoms that are painful and embarrassing. You may also get general signs that aren’t linked to any specific disease. 

For instance, flu-like symptoms may occur from an early HIV infection. Below are some common symptoms of a sexually transmitted disease:1

  • Fever
  • Itching
  • Painful urination 
  • Pain during sex 
  • Lower abdominal pain 
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding 
  • Bumps or rash around your genitals
  • Unusual discharge from penis or vagina

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Home Remedies for STD Symptoms

STDs can cause a lot of discomfort. Home remedies may provide some relief until you can see a doctor. 

Here are some STD remedies that you can try at home: 

1. Aloe Vera

You may experience itching on your penis or vulva if you have an STD infection. Aloe vera can relieve the burning and soothe your blisters. 

“In patients with herpes, aloe vera can decrease pain, inflammation, redness, and itching of the blisters,” says Rizza Mira, M.D.

Wash the affected area and apply aloe vera extract.2 You can also rinse your genitals with aloe vera diluted in water. 

After you apply the aloe vera, do not rub the area or remove it. Wait for it to dry before you wear clothes and go about your normal day. 

2. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar or ACV is known for its antibacterial properties. Many people use it to treat STD symptoms at home.

You can place a cotton ball soaked in diluted ACV to relieve itching. Some people use it on genital warts. However, general practitioner Rizza Mira warns that while ACV has good antibacterial properties, it can also be slightly acidic.

“It may damage or irritate your genital area if not used carefully,” says Dr. Mira.

Apple cider can also boost your immune system when taken orally. It can help your body fight off infectious diseases until you start antibiotic treatment. 

That said, it shouldn’t replace proper medical care if you have an STD. 

3. Basil Leaf

Basil can give you more than a tasty dish. It has a strong ability to destroy bacteria and fungi.3

You can drink basil tea for its health benefits. Applying basil extract on the affected skin may also relieve symptoms such as itching and redness.

4. Blueberries

Blueberries are used in traditional medicine. They contain compounds called proanthocyanidins (PACs) which help fight off bacteria.4

Blueberry leaves have proven antifungal properties.5 It can relieve symptoms of fungal and bacterial infections. 

5. Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus essential oil has antimicrobial properties. It’s an effective treatment for people who want to manage their STD, such as gonorrhea.

According to Dr. Mira, studies using eucalyptus as complementary to standard gonorrhea treatments show promising results.

Candida infections may also improve with eucalyptus oil.6 To reduce your discomfort, you can apply it topically on the irritated area. 

6. Oak Tree Bark & Leaves

During medieval times, oak bark was a popular home remedy. It has antibacterial effects, which were used to fight off infections.7

You can drink infusions of oak tree bark or leaves while taking prescription medication. This may help you feel better sooner. 

7. Rosemary

Rosemary is a common home remedy with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It is often used to help treat infections.8 

You can apply rosemary oil on rashes that develop with STDs. Alternatively, you can drink rosemary tea to reduce your symptoms.

8. Soma

The leaves, bark, and fruits of the soma plant offer various health benefits. They’re anti-inflammatory and antibacterial and can boost your immunity.9

To relieve your discomfort, try mixing powdered soma with water and apply it to swollen areas. You can also drink a cold infusion of soma.

9. Silybum Marianum

Silybum marianum (milk thistle) was an ancient medicine used to treat infections. It bolsters your immune system and helps you fight infections.10

You can apply milk thistle on itchy skin or consume its leaves and flowers for more benefits. 

10. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil may relieve your STD symptoms. Its strong antimicrobial effect limits the growth of microorganisms. It also has anti-inflammatory properties to soothe skin irritation. 

“Studies suggest that the use of tea tree oil as an herbal drug has direct antimicrobial, parasitic, and anti-fungal properties,” says Dr. Mira.

It may help you manage the effects of STDs such as herpes.11 You can apply it on your rashes or bumps to reduce itching. 

How to Cure STD Symptoms At Home

Sexually transmitted infections can be embarrassing and uncomfortable. STD home remedies work by reducing your symptoms until you receive treatment.

Some common remedies you can use are:

  • Aloe vera 
  • Apple cider vinegar 
  • Basil leaf
  • Blueberries 
  • Eucalyptus 
  • Oak tree bark and leaves
  • Rosemary 
  • Soma
  • Silybum marianum 
  • Tea tree oil

Remember to ask your doctor before taking any herbal remedy. They might interact with your prescription medications and cause negative effects.

If you think you have an STI, you can confirm it by taking an at-home STD test. This allows you to check for common infections even if you don’t have symptoms.

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Dr. Rizza Mira
Dr. Rizza Mira
Medical Reviewer
Dr. Rizza Mira is a medical doctor and a general practitioner who specializes in pediatrics, nutrition, dietetics, and public health.

As a pediatrician, she is dedicated to the general health and well-being of children and expecting parents. She believes that good nutrition, a healthy lifestyle, and prevention of illness are key to ensuring the health of children and their families.

When she’s not in the hospital, Rizza advocates and mobilizes causes like breastfeeding, vaccination drives, and initiatives to prevent illness in the community.
Jennifer Anyabuine
Jennifer Anyabuine
Content Contributor
Jennifer Anyabuine is a content writer with KnowYourDNA. She has a B.S. in Biochemistry. She has been writing for 2 years. Her focus is women’s health, fitness, mental health, and general wellness.
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