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 ...
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
Alternative Names Cold sore; Fever blister; Herpes simplex - oral; Oral herpes simplex Prevention Avoid direct contact with herpes sores. Minimize the risk of indirect spread by thoroughly washing items such as towels in hot (preferably boiling) water before reuse. Do not share items with an infected person, especially when they have herpes lesions. Avoid triggers (especially sun exposure) if you are prone to oral herpes. Avoid performing oral sex when you have active herpes lesions on or near your mouth and avoid receiving oral sex from someone who has oral or genital herpes lesions. Condoms can help reduce, but do not entirely eliminate, the risk of catching herpes from oral or genital sex with an infected person. Both oral and genital herpes viruses can sometimes be transmitted even when the person does not have active lesions. References Haile-Mariam T, Polis MA. Viral illnesses. In: Marx JA, Hockberger RS, Walls RM, et al, eds. Rosens Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice . ...
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