Treating genital herpes actually refers to the treatment of its symptoms and lessening the severity of the lesions to give as much comfort to the patient as possible. In reality, just like the common cold, there is no real treatment for genital herpes. When people take medications at the onset of herpes symptoms, it is mainly to seek relief from the pain and discomfort of the blisters and fever.
Once afflicted by genital herpes, you should immediately seek medical assistance because the lesions can be painful and prickly, and can cause much discomfort. Lesions can grow in the genitals, inner thighs, anus and buttocks and there are cases when all of these body parts are simultaneously infected. Also, herpes virus can infect others through skin and sexual contact. Medication is necessary to prevent its spread to your sex partner. In addition, infected pregnant woman can pass the infection to her child upon birth so it is a must that the virus be addressed as soon as possible.
To treat genital herpes, here are suggested ways:
- Try to localize the infection to just one part of the body by cleaning and drying the lesions two times a day. Avoid touching the uninfected parts of your body with the materials used in cleaning the infected areas.
- Don't touch the blisters lest the infection might spread.
- When drying the blisters after cleaning, use a hair dryer. The hot air coming from the dryer can give a soothing effect to help you endure the painful sores.
- If pain becomes severe, use cold compress treatment by placing an ice pack over the infected area.
- Regularly take a bath, preferably with warm water.
- After cleaning your sores, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water.
- Don't engage in sexual intercourse while you are undergoing medication. Abstain until such time you are sure you are totally healed.
- In order to avoid more complications, do not bare yourself under the sun. Use an umbrella and apply sun block on your skin. The sun can trigger or aggravate more lesions to grow.
- Consult your doctor for further medications, supplementary vitamins and more health advice.
- You may take analgesics for the pain.
- Keep healthy. Eat well, sleep well, practice good hygiene and do some mild physical exercise to help promote good blood circulation.
- Since the blisters are open, you might feel some discomfort when you urinate because the acid in your urine can cause a stinging pain on your lesions. To lessen the pain, splash warm water on the infected area of your genitals after urinating.
- Give your immune system a boost by drinking lots of juice and taking Vitamin supplements, particularly Vitamin C.
Women should be extra cautious about genital herpes because it can add to their risk of cancer of the cervix. Hence women with herpes must see to it that they don't miss their regular Pap smear check-ups to check and arrest impending cancer.
To date many young Americans are infected with genital herpes, most of them not even knowing they are carrying the disease. Awareness among sexually active youth must be promoted so as to avoid the further spread of genital herpes.