- Use a lubricated latex condom.
- Avoid sex during outbreaks.
- Avoid sex if a burning, itching or tingling feeling occurs.
- Discuss ways to have safe sex with your partner
- Talk to your doctor and take medication if needed.
A latex lubricated condom is the best type of condom to use. A lubricated condom is less likely to break. Lubrication also helps reduce friction from sex. Friction from sex could irritate the skin and contribute to genital herpes outbreaks. A condom also reduces the chance of a partner coming in direct skin-to-skin contact with herpes.
Sex during outbreaks should be avoided. If the symptoms of herpes are active the virus is much more likely to spread. If herpes is on the surface of the skin a partner is much more likely to come in direct skin-to-skin contact with the virus. A burning, itching or tingling feeling could indicate that herpes is on the surface of the skin. The herpes virus could also cause the skin to feel tender or irritated. Avoiding sex when these symptoms occurs will reduce the odds of a partner coming in contact with the virus.
Way to treat herpes:
- See a doctor while the symptoms are active.
- Take medication if needed and as prescribed.
- Eat healthy and life a healthy lifestyle.
- Keep a positive attitude.
If any symptoms of herpes occur it’s important to see a doctor. A doctor visit is needed when the symptoms of the virus are present and active. The most effective way to diagnose a person with herpes to for a doctor to see an actual outbreak. If herpes outbreaks occur medication like Valtrex or Acyclovir could be taken to reduce any herpes symptoms. Medication might be prescribed if intense symptoms of herpes occur.
In some cases it’s possible to get outbreaks even while taking medication. Eating healthy, exercising, not smoking, avoiding stress, and living a health lifestyle also helps reduce the chance of getting herpes outbreaks. Stress is one of the main causes of herpes outbreaks. If the body maintains good health the virus is likely to be suppressed and could remain dormant in the central nervous system.
The most intense herpes outbreaks often occur within the first year a person is diagnosed with the virus. If medication doesn’t reduce herpes outbreaks you may want to ask your doctor if you can change the medication you’re taking. In some cases there will be no way to completely prevent genital herpes outbreaks from reoccurring.
If intense herpes outbreaks happen a warm bath may relieve the pain from herpes. You also may want to change your diet or quit smoking. Part of managing herpes is maintaining good mental health. Even seeing a psychologist could teach a person new ways to cope with stress. If stress is managed properly there is a chance that herpes outbreaks will reduce. It’s important to remember herpes could occur any given time by chance.