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
There is good news ahead for herpes patients, who usually suffer
through a week of treatment before their pain and symptoms are
The FDA has recently approved Famvir as a one-day treatment
option for patients with genital herpes, the first of its kind.
Used properly, under the new FDA dosing regimen guidelines, Famvir
can be used to prevent herpes outbreaks or curtail them as they
This is a huge step in treatment for a virus that affects 45
million people in the U.S. and whose symptoms often go
The key to herpes treatment is managing the virus in the first
signs of an outbreak, when the virus is most active. Studies showed
that patients who were treated with Famvir at these critical
moments greatly shortened the period of time needed for recovery
from herpes symptoms.
A 1,500-milligram once-a-day dosage has been approved for cold
sores, to be taken for one day at the onset of an outbreak.
A 1,000-milligram twice-a-day for one day dosage has been
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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