How to Minimize Herpes Outbreaks
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Minimize Herpes Outbreaks - Pain Relief Tips
by N J Howell
Please note that nothing on this page is intended as a substitution for needed medical care. You should see your doctor to make sure that you have herpes and to learn more about managing herpes in addition to researching on the internet. What is provided here are helpful suggestions that may lessen the pain of a herpes outbreak, lessen the severity or fortify your body against future outbreaks.
Chill out vs. Freak Out - Stress Reduction - A Potent Antiherpetic - Given the nature of a herpes infection, it's hard to stay out of stress response when you feel an outbreak coming on but it's vital because of the impact stress has on your immune system response. Worrying about an outbreak can actually help to bring one on. Keeping stress under control on a daily basis is one of the best things you can do to reduce outbreak recurrence.
Find effective stress reduction therapies that work for you and stick to using them on a regular basis. Stress reduction therapies include meditation, yoga, biofeedback, and counseling. Stress-reducing activities include watching a good comedy, reading a good book, being in natural environments like the mountains, beach or creekside and listening to restful music.
Ice to Slow Down Virus Replication. The severity of a herpes outbreak may be minimized if the area is iced for a time, as soon as possible. If you can catch it at the predome level, you may even be able to head off a herpes outbreak using ice. The predome is that period just before the actual outbreak where a lot of people feel tingling or pain at the outbreak site, a feeling of soreness in that area, or fatique such as the coming on of the flu. There may also be heat in the outbreak area during the predomal period even days in advance of actual herpes lesions appearing. Using ice can help with the pain of a herpes infection too, in addition to reducing occurrence of outbreak but don't leave ice directly on the skin for long periods of time.
Anti-Viral Essential Oils to fight herpes virus
Peppermint oil can provide wonderful pain relief, especially if mixed with lavender. If tea tree oil or peppermint are too strong to apply neat (if they cause burning or discomfort), dilute them with a bit of oil.
Please note: Oils should not be used if there is fever at the site. In those cases, ask your doctor about either icing down the sites and taking aspirin for fever, until the site is fever-free or discuss the use topical use of aloe vera juice or vitamin e gel.
You may either buy your own oils and dilute with some carrier oil, such as olive oil.
If you choose to buy your own essential oils and make your own anti-herpetic blend (and your doctor agrees to the self-treatment steps) one of the best online sources I've found for organic, properly tested essential oils (this is important because using adulterated oils may actually cause further irritation and we sure don't want that, do we?)
These are just a few health tips for better handling a herpes outbreak. Please explore the entire site for much more information on herpes simplex, cold sores, and other related health challenges.
If you've been infected with herpes for a while and you are still only aware of what was available a few years ago to reduce herpes outbreaks and relieve herpes pain, then educate yourself!
If you have just recently contracted herpes, know that you have a great deal of help available now that you would not have had years ago so take hope in that truth! This website is a great place to educate yourself.
Be sure you check each page and discern which treatment is right for you because not every treatment is right for every person. Your body knows what it needs. You'll find the right help here.
I used to link to the best antiviral blend for herpes I had heard about. However, recently, the company made the decision to remove those formulas from their line of products, no doubt in response to FDA pressure. Read more about FDA-approved drugs vs. natural antivirals.