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
Researchers at Duke University Medical Center have now figured out how the HSV1 - the cause of cold sores - manages to hide out. Apparently they lie dormant in the trigeminal nerve of the face until they are triggered by excessive sunlight, a fever or other stresses.
Well now that scientists are beginning to understand how the virus switches back and forth from dormant to active phase, and this could lead to a cure. When the virus gets stimulated it creates new molecular material (RNA) and replicates and then goes out on its so-called "new mission" - hence the cold sores. If scientists can create a drug that binds to the RNA and stimulates the replication, you essentially activate the virus and then kill the virus by having the patient take acyclovir. You would then have a situation where a virus was eradicated for good.
This would be huge since HSV1 is certainly a communicable disease and can be transferred by kissing, oral sex, sharing utensils or towe...
More than 36 million Americans live with Migraine disease. Finding effective preventive treatments can take years, wearing on the patience and will of Migraineurs. Dr. Bahman Guyuron has developed a surgical procedure for Migraine prevention that has been a topic of conversation for a few years. This month, the results of a placebo-controlled trial of his procedure have been published in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery . Study methods: • Patients with frequent moderate to severe Migraines that were triggered from "a single or predominant site" were interviewed. • Patients then kept a Migraine diary and a custom Migraine information form for one month. • At the end of that month, patients were examined by a neurologist and their Migraine diagnosis was confirmed utilizing the International Headache Society's International Classification of Headache Disorders, 2nd Edition (ICHD-II). • Patients were i...
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