Nonsteroidal anti inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are commonly used to treat the pain and swelling of arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions. NSAIDs come in prescription form (e.g. Celebrex, Mobic) and over the counter (e.g. aspirin, ibuprofen). Studies have shown that about 30% of people with some form of arthritis use over-the-counter NSAIDs on a daily basis. Many other people take a combination of prescription and OTC NSAIDs daily to manage their pain, even though long term NSAID use can lead to gastrointestinal problems and overuse can lead to drug toxicity. A recent study published in the February issue of Arthritis & Rheumatism found an association between dual use of NSAIDs and poorer health status. The study defined dual use as taking two NSAIDS, either prescription or OTC, at least twice a week during the month before the study survey was conducted. 182 patients in a managed care organization participated in the study. Of these patients, half had either rheumatoi...
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
Resources www.ashastd.org -- American Social Health Association www.niaid.nih.gov -- National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases www.cdc.gov/std/herpes -- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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