A genital herpes outbreak can be very distressing. Many sufferers of genital herpes experience stress, anxiety and embarrassment as a result of suffering from this disease, and these feelings are exponential during the time of an outbreak. The sad coincidence is that these feelings can make an outbreak worse! Like most viral conditions, stress and anxiety is a huge trigger. Sufferers can avoid these feelings by adopting a few genital herpes home treatment tips that should help avoid outbreaks, and reduce the severity when outbreaks occur.
1. Don’t Stress! – Stress is a major factor in causing any viral outbreak, and genital herpes is no exception. Unfortunately, as mentioned above, having an outbreak is a very stressful situation in itself! So try to avoid dwelling on the stressful implications of your outbreak. Also try as much as possible to avoid stress in day to day life. Take vitamin B supplements, sort out any work or relationship issues and modify your habits or lifestyle to avoid stressful situations. Regular exercise and a healthy diet can also reduce stress dramatically.
2. Keep it clean – This may seem like the obvious, but during an outbreak keeping the area of infection clean is of utmost importance. Sitz baths, or a hot salt water bath 3 to 4 times a day will greatly aid the healing process. If drying with a towel is too painful or uncomfortable, a hairdryer can be used for drying the area.
3. Treatment – The most important step in getting free of herpes is to seek proper treatment. The first thing you should do at the signs of any symptoms is see your health care professional. You may be prescribed anti-viral medication, which will be taken either daily (known as suppressive therapy) or at the onset of an outbreak (known as preventative treatment) which will help keep outbreaks at bay and help prevent transmission of the disease.
If anti-virals are too harsh or causing unwanted side effects, many sufferers swear by natural remedies either as a way to reduce the amount of prescription medication required, or in some cases to replace it completely. A lysine supplement (available from most health food stores) three times a day will greatly aid the healing process and is an incredibly effective genital herpes home treatment. Daily doses of Vitamin B and C will also help your immune system combat the infection. Keeping a healthy diet and getting lots of exercise are also proven methods to reduce herpes outbreaks, so make sure you stay fit and eat healthy.