How to Treat Herpes
It is important to know your facts as you learn how to treat herpes. Herpes is called the herpes simplex virus and people affected by herpes usually form blisters on their mouth or genitals. Herpes is a sexually transmitted disease and is transmitted by having sexual intercourse with an affected person. It can also be transmitted orally. If someone with herpes has an open sore or a closed blister and kiss someone else on the mouth or genitals, they can spread the disease. Herpes is not curable, but with some simple preventive measures and these tips, it can be safely managed.
- Immediately consult your doctor. Your doctor is your most valuable resource when it comes to treating herpes. Your doctor can prescribe medication to help ease the itching and help control the outbursts so you can be comfortable.
- Keep all infected areas dry and clean. If you are trying to treat an existing herpes outbreak, do not let anything rub against your infection and do not let others touch the infected area. Wash your hands often.
- Take medicine to break any fevers associated with your herpes outbreak. Sometimes when you are trying to treat herpes, you end up feeling sick and fevered. Doctors usually recommend Ibuprofen or Tylenol. Get plenty of rest and treat your body kindly. Make sure you have plenty of food, water and exercise to keep your body in good health.
- Avoid all sexual contact while you have a herpes outbreak or until your doctor gives you the go ahead. This helps prevent you from spreading herpes and irritating the outbreak. If you must have sexual contact, do not touch the areas with liaisons or open sores. Use condoms and other preventive measures to keep contact with the infected area to the absolute minimum.
- Consult your doctor if you have any further questions or concerns. Your health is important and your doctor is there to provide you access to the best healthcare possible. It will give you peace of mind to know you are in good hands.