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...
Now that Halloween's over, and Thanksgiving is upon us, it is safe to say that we are in the thick of the holiday season. For me that means a lot of planning, a lot of cooking, a lot of shopping, and a lot of stress. I don't think I'm the only one. Many of my patients experience a lot more stress during the holidays. I'm seeing more depression, more colds, and recently I've noticed an increase in outbreaks in my herpes patients. Stress is the number one lifestyle factor associated with increased herpes outbreaks. Here are a few ways to keep your holidays herpes free: Sleep in heavenly peace. The more rested you are, the better you will be able to handle stress in your life. And that may keep an outbreak at bay. Have a cup of cheer - but not too much. The holidays are for celebrating, but not to excess. Drinking too much makes your sleep less restful - counterintuitive, I know. But less restful sleep is stressful for you body. Eat ...
Manage Your Genital Herpes Symptoms and Outbreaks
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 reliev...
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