Treatment & Management of Herpes
Once a person has is infected with either type of herpes they have it for life. Fortunately though the herpes virus can often remain in a dormant state with no signs or symptoms to be dealt with at all. When there IS an outbreak, sores and blisters will generally go away on their own without any treatment whatsoever. However, some people want to do anything possible to minimize the frequency and duration of outbreaks, relieve painful symptoms, keep the signs as discreet as possible and avoid any potential scarring or other long-term signs of a herpes outbreak.
There is no “cure” for herpes type 1 or type 2, but there are some things people can do or use to hopefully help manage their outbreaks and overall impact on their lives. Although the first outbreak tends to be the worst and recurring outbreaks more mild and, often, less frequent over time, that is not always the case and the extremity of outbreaks can vary person to person. Some of the things people can do to help manage their herpes outbreaks are:
- Antiviral medication, either in pill or intravenous shot form, to help minimize the frequency and severity of outbreaks, as well as reduce the risk of passing the virus to others. Consult your doctor if you have herpes and are interested in prescription medicine that could help manage your outbreaks.
- Antiviral creams or ointments can help minimize the symptoms , such as burning or itching sensations, that some people experience.
- Some people find that even a warm bath can help relieve the symptoms associated with genital herpes.
- Stay physically and emotionally healthy, keep your immune system strong and managing stress responsibly.
- Be informed. Read books, medical articles and perhaps join online support groups and forums etc to become knowledgeable about herpes and how to manage it.