1. Practice good hygiene. Keep your body clean, wash your hands
frequently and try to avoid touching the sores.
2. Take salt baths. This method can clean, dry and ease the pain
of blisters and sores. Mix a few tablespoons of salt in a shallow
3. Cool the affected area. Applying ice directly to the sores or
drying the area with a blow dryer on the cool setting can offer
4. Wear loose-fitting clothing. Loose clothing reduces
discomfort and promotes healing of the sores. Wear cotton, rather
than synthetic underwear.
5. Wear sun block. Keeping your skin protected can help prevent
the recurrence of HSV-1.
6. Urinate in a cool bath or shower. If you experience painful
urination, this process dilutes the urine and prevents burning the
7. Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water each day.
8. Practice abstinence when you are experiencing symptoms of
herpes. Help prevent the spread of herpes by avoiding sexual
activity when you are experiencing any symptoms, including
A new review supports what those of us who have worked in the area of chronic pain have long known – people who take opioids for real chronic pain problems rarely become addicted to them. Meredith Noble, a senior research analyst at ECRI Institute, one of 14 evidence-based Practice Centers in the country under the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and her colleagues reviewed the findings of 26 clinical studies comprising 4,893 participants. “There is a lack of consensus that opioids are safe and effective for people with chronic severe non-cancer pain,” Noble said. “We wanted to look at studies that treated people for six months or longer, given that chronic pain can go on for years. This review includes studies of individuals on opioids for as long as 48 months.” Patients in the studies had previously tried other treatments like non-opioid medications and physical therapy, but still had considerable pain. Clinicians prescribed o...
Normally we don’t experience pain from osteoporosis until we sustain a fracture. Due to this lack of pain, some fractures may go unnoticed. This is not the case with all compression fractures and some can cause significant pain. If this happens to you, don’t wait to have it check since both vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty spinal procedures can only be completed before the fracture starts to heal, which is generally within the first three months post fracture. Vertebroplasty can be accomplished on slightly older fractures, but kyphoplasty needs to be considered within the first three months and before the callous forms on the broken bone. For pain relievers that can be used during the healing phase see the list below.
Non-Surgical Pain Relievers
Lidoderm patches : These are patches you apply to the painful area that contains lidocaine to numb the area. These patches can only be worn for 12 hours, and there’s a lim...
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