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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...
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 United States nursing homes look after about 3.3 million residents annually, and gastroenteritis outbreaks are common. Noroviruses are the most common cause of gastroenteritis. They are highly contagious bugs that cause vomiting and diarrhea. There is no specific cure but treatment is targeted towards avoiding dehydration, preventing its spread to others with good hygiene practices, patient comfort, and more aggressive treatment of any life threatening effects of the disease.
Over 1000 outbreaks of acute gastroenteritis are reported by nursing homes to US public health authorities each year and this is estimated to be only a small portion of actual cases because of underreporting. Norovirus is implicated in 86% of etiologically (cause of the disease) confirmed outbreaks. Ninety per cent of the 800 annual norovirus associated deaths occur in people over the age of 65 years.
Twenty two per cent of all deaths in the USA occur in nursing homes and in a large study loo...
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