5 Ways to Manage Genital Herpes

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Prescription medication

Your doctor may prescribe antiviral medications to help treat your symptoms. They should help reduce the pain and accompanying headache and muscle aches that come with this condition, and they will also speed up the time for the sores to heal. These medications may only be taken during outbreaks, or they may be taken daily to prevent outbreaks.


Complimentary treatments

Warm baths with Epsom salts may help relieve pain and itching, but be sure to thoroughly dry your genital area afterward. During an outbreak, wear loose fitting, cotton clothing so you don't aggravate the sores.


Stress management

Experts don't know what causes the virus to become active. Some women say the virus comes back when they are sick, under stress, out in the sun, or during their period. If stress seems to be a trigger for you, it's important to find ways to reduce it from your daily life. Make sure you eat right, get plenty of sleep and exercise every day.

Your sex life

If you've been diagnosed with genital herpes, you won't have to give up sex, but you will have to take precautions. First, you should always let your partner know that you have herpes and always use a condom.

There are treatments but no cure or vaccine for herpes, yet.

Is there a cure for genital herpes?

Unfortunately, no. Once you have the virus, it stays in your body and there is a chance that you will have outbreaks. Medicine can shorten and stop outbreaks from happening, but there is no "cure." There is research underway to develop new ways to protect women from the herpes virus and prevent its spread. One large study is testing a herpes vaccine for women.