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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
In the final month of the year, I always find it helpful to not just think about the goals or resolutions I have for the following year, but to write them down. This way I have them documented in case I forget, and can look back on them next year to check my progress. I have already taken some notes on goals for my professional and personal lives, but have waited to use this website as a forum for the goals in my sex/romantic life.
One area of my romantic life that I’d like to improve is my sexual health. Although I’m on suppressive therapy, I still have herpes outbreaks from time to time. I’m very certain that reducing or (better yet) eliminating these outbreaks will raise my quality of life considerably. So for this post I’m going to start exploring and sharing my sex life resolutions with you by making a list of 10 ways we can prevent herpes outbreaks.
1. 1. REDUCE STRESS – Th...
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...
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