Living with Herpes

22/01/2013 SWH About Us

Some Tips about how to living with genital herpes

Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that lays dormant in the body between outbreaks. The virus manifests itself through genital sores that erupt during outbreaks. Learning how to manage herpes can be difficult and emotionally exhausting. Follow these tips to help you learn how to live with genital herpes.

1,Strive to live a healthy lifestyle – exercise regularly and eat a well-balanced diet. The healthier you are overall, the stronger your immune system will be and the fewer outbreaks you will experience.

2,Some people report that alcohol, caffeine, rice, or even nuts can trigger their outbreaks. Consider keeping a daily food journal to see if you can pinpoint any food triggers you may suffer from.


3,Make hygiene a priority. Sanitary conditions will promote cleanliness and reduce outbreaks. Shower at least once a day, possibly twice if you begin experiencing the symptoms of an outbreak.

4,Amino acids and lysine have been shown to help reduce outbreaks and treat current ones – take them in the form of vitamins to help supplement your daily diet.

5,Seek the support of others who can empathize – whether it’s singles with herpes on a dating site or an online herpes friends group  , having the unconditional support and love of others can be a huge relief during a difficult experience.

6,Get rid of the self-imposed stigma you have of herpes! You should not feel dirty or ashamed that you have the virus and it should not effect your self-esteem and self-worth.

7,If you begin to experience the symptoms of an outbreak, get a prescription for your doctor, which can drastically reduce the duration of the outbreak and ease the pain and discomfort associated with genital sores.

Other tips:

When blisters break, you mild soap and water to clean them frequently.
Wear loose, cotton clothing, especially during outbreaks so the lesions can breathe.
Inform your partner about your virus before you engage in sexual relations – not doing so is unethical and dishonest.
Let your family and close friends you trust know about the herpes, which will expand your circle of support.

Avoid sexual relations during outbreaks or you may run the risk of transmitting it to your partner.

Avoid wearing tight undergarments during outbreaks

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