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
Whether you are feeling the pinch yourself or know someone who is, everyone knows that these are tough times, economically. Add to that the expense of holiday shopping, the excesses of holiday celebrations and the emotional baggage of dealing with sticky family relationships, and you've got some serious stress!
Anyone with herpes knows that stress can trigger an outbreak. So, it's important to minimize it so you won't be fighting an outbreak. Here are some ways to relax:
1. Pare down. Extravagance is out for most American households. Even if you are fortunate enough to not have the financial worries facing many people, doing LESS will definitely decrease your stress level. Be realistic about what you can or can do in regards to work, entertaining, going out.
2. Laugh. They say that laughter is the best medicine ... and it's true. People who laugh more, are healthier, happier and most important, less stressed.
3. Meditate (or pray). Find 5 minutes each day to ...
I'm convinced my Herpes has a mind of its
own. The nasty little guy always seems
to know when I have an important deadline, get a new job, and of course, meet a
potential lover. And even when none of
the above is happening, the jerk just decides to pop his head out and give me a
hard time about once every two weeks.
Yes, I'm one of the *lucky* ones who have recurring, sometimes constant,
outbreaks. We are the portion of the
Herpes-carrying population who deal with the disease on a regular basis. (Oh to be a carrier sans outbreaks!) It affects our daily lives and yet we are
quieted by social norms...suffering silently.
You can't very well go to work and tell your boss: "Gee, my
genitals are really on fire today, I think I'm gonna stand during the
meeting." We are cheated of
sympathy that other disease-carriers get, yet the emotional and physical
suffering is deep. If you're reading
this then chances are you have Herpes as well...
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