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...
Now that Halloween's over, and Thanksgiving is upon us, it is safe to say that we are in the thick of the holiday season. For me that means a lot of planning, a lot of cooking, a lot of shopping, and a lot of stress. I don't think I'm the only one. Many of my patients experience a lot more stress during the holidays. I'm seeing more depression, more colds, and recently I've noticed an increase in outbreaks in my herpes patients. Stress is the number one lifestyle factor associated with increased herpes outbreaks. Here are a few ways to keep your holidays herpes free: Sleep in heavenly peace. The more rested you are, the better you will be able to handle stress in your life. And that may keep an outbreak at bay. Have a cup of cheer - but not too much. The holidays are for celebrating, but not to excess. Drinking too much makes your sleep less restful - counterintuitive, I know. But less restful sleep is stressful for you body. Eat ...
What is genital herpes?
Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease caused by the
herpes simplex viruses (HSV) type 1 and type 2. Most genital herpes
is caused by HSV type 2.
Most people have no or minimal symptoms from HSV-1 or HSV-2
infection. When symptoms do occur, they usually appear as one or
more blisters on or around the genitals or rectum. The blisters
break, leaving ulcers or tender sores that may take up to four
weeks to heal. Typically, another outbreak can appear weeks or
Although the infection can stay in the body forever, the number
of outbreaks usually decreases over a period of years. You can pass
genital herpes to someone else even when you experience no
How common is genital herpes?
About 45 million Americans, age 12 and older have genital
herpes. Its estimated that up to one million people become
infected each year. Genital Herpes (HSV-2) is more common in women
How can I get genital herpes?
Herpes is a virus that can be...
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