Face pain may be dull and throbbing or an intense, stabbing discomfort in one or both sides of the face or forehead.
Pain that starts in the face may be caused by a nerve disorder, an injury, or an infection in a structure of the face. Face pain may also begin elsewhere in the body.
Sometimes face pain occurs for no known reason.
(continuous throbbing pain on one side of the lower face aggravated by eating or touching)
(shingles) or herpes simplex
(cold sores) infection
Injury to the face
Myofascial pain syndrome
or sinus infection (dull pain and tenderness around the eyes and cheekbones that worsens when bending forward)
Temporomandibular joint dysfunction syndrome
Getting off the Emotional Rollercoaster
When you were told that you had herpes , what was your reaction? Fear? Shock? Anger? Sadness? Or Resolution?
I’ve seen all of these reactions … and others.
The initial reaction to the news that you have herpes is often a major one, often involving involves many negative emotions.
Let’s face it, no one wants a lifelong disease, particularly one that unfortunately often carries significant stigma.
First, let’s deal with the chronic disease part of the equation. While it’s true that herpes is caused by a virus that can not currently be eradicated, it’s also true that the disease can be successfully managed – with medication and with lifestyle changes .
Historically, doctors did a lousy job teaching their patients how to cope with a chronic condition. For herpes patients, our answers were medication, safe sex and more medication.
Recently, I was introduced to a program that seeks to change that. It’s a six week set of seminars that...
Numerous questions come up regarding herpes and safe sex and specifically use of condoms. Here's a quick rundown on the dos and don'ts:
Many people are asymptomatic and don't even know that they have herpes so your rule should be to always use a condom with a new or current partner. Latex condoms are the best . Add a spermicidal to increase the effectiveness and protection. If you have herpes and experience genital pain, assume an outbreak is imminent and refrain from having sex (or if this applies to your partner, do not have sex with them). Do not have oral or traditional sex in the presence of lesions - a condom is not sufficient protection. Be aware that if active virus is present outside the area covered by the condom - you can transmit herpes or if you are using a condom and your genitalia come in contact with active herpes on the female genitalia, you can contract herpes.
If you are allergic to latex condoms , using lambskin condo...
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