OK, you're in the middle of an outbreak and you‘re in pain!
How do you manage the uncomfortable and painful symptoms?
First, get medical treatment. Antiviral therapy reduces the
severity of the symptoms and duration of the symptoms when started early in an
outbreak. Beyond that, most people are on their own. Here are some ideas on
things you can try at home to minimize the symptoms:
your genital herpes sores clean and dry. Take warm baths and, after each
bath, dry your sores well.
Epsom salt bath. Throw a large handful into a warm (or cool), shallow bath
and soak. This will help the sores dry up and heal.
loose clothes that don't rub or irritate your sores. Cotton underwear is
best, and don't wear pantyhose if you don't have to. Sometimes, wearing no
underwear at all is the most comfortable.
ice packs to your sores. You may find this relieves some of the swelling
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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