Living with Herpes

Living with HerpesThe herpes virus lives in a small part of the nervous system at the bottom of the spinal cord called the “sacral ganglia”. Stress or fatigue can often trigger an outbreak. The proper understanding of genital herpes and how to handle it will be of immense assistance to the sufferer and also provide a means to avoid passing it on to a close partner. It’s very important to consider your lifestyle and make smart choices to avoid giving an STD to someone else. Living with herpes isn’t always easy, but it’s critical to  protect others from getting it if you can.

A person living with herpes should maintain good hygiene. Something as simple as taking regular baths or showers is important. Clothing should be changed as often as possible, especially when the symptoms are present. Clean towels are to be used and washed with hot water and a strong detergent. Blisters which have erupted should be cleaned with soap and water. This will aid in the healing of the affected area. Always wear clothing that is light and airy to give as much air circulation to the symptomatic area as possible. This will help the lesions to dry up. It is helpful to know that the herpes virus cannot survive when not in contact with the body. It cannot be transmitted through inert objects like toilet seats.

Certain medications help in controlling the transmission of herpes and reduce viral shedding. People who are in intimate relationships should take adequate anti-suppressant medications to avoid passing the virus to an unaffected partner. The partner should get regular herpes testing to make sure that they are not infected as well.

The kind of food you eat could also play a part in an outbreak. It would be advisable to keep a record of what you eat and correlate it with an onset of herpes outbreaks.

In the future, there might be a cure for herpes. Right now, however, living with herpes requires some extra caution and medication to enjoy a normal daily life.