I'm always amazed at the amount of
misinformation, or lack of information, that people have about Herpes. Often when I tell a new partner that I have
Herpes his response is a simple "I know nothing about that, so it doesn't
really bother me". I also hear
contrasting information from doctors. For example, just a couple weeks ago, a friend told me she was concerned
that she may have picked up an STD from a casual fling. Her doctor gave her tests for everything but
Herpes, saying that the Herpes test was too expensive to do and that if my friend
did, in fact, have the disease she would surely already know. I was suprised by the doctor's decision
given the statistics about the number of people who have the disease but don't
I told my friend about my
first six months with the disease in which I had a light rash above my
butt. It was so insignificant that I
tried to make an appointment with my dermatologist, thinking it was just an
allergic reaction. When I coul...
Since I contracted herpes, whenever I’ve gone to the gynecologist she’s always asked me to estimate how many outbreaks I experience per year. I’m always taken back a bit by the question since, without medication, I tend to have about two outbreaks a month . I guess that amounts to 24 outbreaks a year, give or take a few, but by the time I’ve done all the math out loud the doctor is already looking at me like I’m some immuno-deficient freak. A friend of mine went through a similar situation recently when she told her doctor she seemed to have 12 outbreaks per year, pretty much every month around the time of her period. It appears that the year is the smallest unit of time a doctor has to gauge the frequency of one’s outbreaks. I suppose for many people that is as low as it needs to get. But for those of us who calculate our number of outbreaks by the month, or week, it may be time to go on suppressive therapy &ndas...
Whether you are feeling the pinch yourself or know someone who is, everyone knows that these are tough times, economically. Add to that the expense of holiday shopping, the excesses of holiday celebrations and the emotional baggage of dealing with sticky family relationships, and you've got some serious stress!
Anyone with herpes knows that stress can trigger an outbreak. So, it's important to minimize it so you won't be fighting an outbreak. Here are some ways to relax:
1. Pare down. Extravagance is out for most American households. Even if you are fortunate enough to not have the financial worries facing many people, doing LESS will definitely decrease your stress level. Be realistic about what you can or can do in regards to work, entertaining, going out.
2. Laugh. They say that laughter is the best medicine ... and it's true. People who laugh more, are healthier, happier and most important, less stressed.
3. Meditate (or pray). Find 5 minutes each day to ...
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