It's just one of those days. Really, I'm fortunate that days like today, which used to occur up to five times a week, are now infrequent for me. Today, Migraine is kicking my butt, hard. A cold front was moving in last night, plus I slept longer than I should have. Put those two triggers together, and they can mean trouble. I've taken Axert, Phenergan, and Fiorinal with Codeine. Still, my head is throbbing, I'm nauseous, and photophobia has caused me to turn off the overhead lighting in my office. You may wonder, "So, if these days are so infrequent for you, why are you writing about today?" There are really two answers... I feel like whining a bit , and I wanted to remind everyone that even with an excellent preventive regimen, days like today just happen sometimes. It doesn't mean my treatment isn't working; they just happen. There's no cure for this blasted disease, and I'm as frustrated by that as any Migraineur. I'll keep hoping for a cure. In the...
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
Alternative Names Cold sore; Fever blister; Herpes simplex - oral; Oral herpes simplex Prevention Avoid direct contact with herpes sores. Minimize the risk of indirect spread by thoroughly washing items such as towels in hot (preferably boiling) water before reuse. Do not share items with an infected person, especially when they have herpes lesions. Avoid triggers (especially sun exposure) if you are prone to oral herpes. Avoid performing oral sex when you have active herpes lesions on or near your mouth and avoid receiving oral sex from someone who has oral or genital herpes lesions. Condoms can help reduce, but do not entirely eliminate, the risk of catching herpes from oral or genital sex with an infected person. Both oral and genital herpes viruses can sometimes be transmitted even when the person does not have active lesions. References Haile-Mariam T, Polis MA. Viral illnesses. In: Marx JA, Hockberger RS, Walls RM, et al, eds. Rosens Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice . ...
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