Herpes Simplex is one form of the viruses that are known as Herpes. Some forms of these viruses are transmitted sexually, and sometimes they are not spread through sexual contact. All of these versions do come from one common form, yet they are each different in the way they are spread, in the way they affect the body, and in the way they are treated to alleviate their symptoms.
There is one awful thing that all of the viruses, including Herpes Simplex have in common. Once you have the virus, you have the virus for life. The virus goes dormant and lies inside your body waiting for a time when your immune system is compromised and then Herpes Simplex rears its ugly head. It causes the painful break outs and then after a period of time it goes back dormant and waits for the opportunity to reemerge.
Treating Herpes Simplex
You can not cure Herpes Simplex, but you can treat he symptoms to lessen the severity, and you can do things to help keep your immune system strong so that you prevent outbreaks altogether. Some things you can try are:
- See a doctor for anti viral medications
- Use over the counter pain relievers to lessen the pain
- Apply cold compresses to the site to help ease the pain
- Keep your hands away from the blisters, especially if they are draining, you can spread these. Wash your hands frequently.
- Do not kiss anyone or drink after anyone that has an active outbreak, and do not kiss a baby when you have an active outbreak
- Apply lemon balm to the blister may help to reduce the amount of time you have the breakout
- Licorice when applied to the lips will help to reduce the outbreak. You must make sure you are using pure licorice and not anise flavored candy
- Camphor is known to have numbing effects and to help reduce the amount of time you have the outbreak
- Buy over the counter medications that are designed to stop the outbreak from occurring. Once you have had one of these painful lesions you will know the minute you feel another one forming. They always begin with a numbing or tingling sensation on the lip or at the edge of the nostril where they are about to emerge. You use these preventive medications as soon as the tingling begins.
- Throw away your toothbrush as soon as the outbreak has been healed. The germs are still on your toothbrush and you can cause another outbreak, this is also the case with lip balms, and lip sticks that you may have used during the outbreak. If it came in contact with your lips you need to toss it in the garbage.
- Do not share lip balms or products like this with other people
Herpes Simplex can be very painful, but if you take proper care of your body you will be able to reduce the amount of times the virus can cause a breakout.