Diseases can not only cause us physical trauma but often, they upset the balance of our life as well. A condition such as genital herpes is painful and irritating to say the least, but perhaps more importantly, coping with the impact that it has on your life is the more difficult part. Any sexually transmitted disease is associated with a lot of social stigma and genital herpes is no different. But this is a common illness and so, it is important to know how to live with it.
It may take up to two weeks, after you start carrying the herpes simplex virus, for the signs and symptoms of this disease to show up. However, even during this period you can transmit the disease to a non-infected person by means of sexual or skin-on-skin contact. So, the first challenge of living with herpes lies in not passing it on to others.
This may be tough, particularly of you have no indications that this disease has struck. But if you do have signs such as lesions and have also obtained confirmation of the disease medically, you can and must prevent further spread of genital herpes. If you have not contracted this disease from your partner, you have got it by indulging in sexual relations with others who were infected.
So, it is important not to make your partner suffer due to your indiscretions. So, abstinence from sex is the key when you are a patient of genital herpes. There is no way to indulge in safe sex during this condition.
Then of course, is the need to manage and reduce the occurrence of outbreaks. Genital herpes is characterized by multiple outbreaks occurrences of lesions in the genital areas of both men and women. After the first outbreak it is possible to lessen the number and impact of future outbreaks. Here are some tips which can help you do this:
It has been seen that emotional extremes such as anger, stress etc can lead to greater outbreaks of herpes. So, keep yourself stable and try therapy, mediation or yoga if you have an existing psychological problem. Keeping your emotions in check is vital.
Take lots of rest and sleep more than you usually do. Your immune system is most active when you sleep, and so, you can recover from an outbreak faster.
Have a balanced diet, which is rich in vitamins. Green, leafy vegetables are a must for reducing the rate at which the herpes simplex virus multiplies. If your feel your diet is inadequate, you can take multivitamin tablets every day.
Go for regular medical checkups once you have overcome the initial outbreak. Complete your course of medicine and practice safe sex as far as possible.
While these tips will surely help you, you must also help yourself by being frank and honest with your near and dear ones. Hiding your condition will not do you any good, but telling the truth may help you gain the emotional support which is necessary to overcome diseases such as genital herpes.