Genital herpes is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in America. In some cases it can be accompanied by painful outbreaks and a diagnosis may create many emotional ramifications. Once a person finds out they have herpes, they can decide if treatment is a feasible option for them to look into. Some people never have herpes outbreaks, and may decide to bypass a treatment regiment. But for the people who do experience outbreaks and if these outbreaks are frequent, long-lasting and/or very painful, finding out about different kinds of treatments is a good idea. Treatment proves helpful in the management of physical symptoms and when the physical symptoms of genital herpes are alleviated, much of the emotional stress associated with the virus is alleviated as well, then people who have the virus can lead lives that are not dictated by their herpes diagnosis.
A physician may prescribe doses of oral antivirals, designed to shorten the life of an initial outbreak and decrease severity of recurrences. People who experience numerous outbreaks can take oral antivirals daily for up to one year to decrease virus activity and prevent recurrences.
However, a more cost-effective, successful and easily accessible way to treat herpes is with nutraceuticals — or herbal treatments. There are many benefits to taking herbal treatments for herpes.
One of the main reasons a person may choose to opt for natural treatment for herpes is the fact that the ingredients in natural treatments indeed, natural. They were not produced in a lab and often do not carry the side effects associated with prescription drugs. For example, prolonged use of Valtrex may cause liver damage. And many nutraceutical treatments, like Herpaflor, offer money-back guarantees if you are not pleased with the results.
Another reason natural treatments are a good choice in herpes management is that they are more cost-effective than prescription drugs. In a time when health insurance is scarce and a person needs relief from their herpes outbreaks, a natural treatment is a great choice.
And since discussing genital herpes with a physician may be difficult, or if you want to keep your condition confidential, nutraceutical products are available without going to a doctor for a prescription. You can easily manage your herpes condition successfully and cost-efficiently.
In addition to treating herpes with medication—pharmaceutical or nutraceutical—here are some additional things that you can do to keep your genital herpes outbreaks under control:
* Wash the genital area in a salt bath. This cleans, soothes and dries the sores.
* Take pain relievers and simple analgesics (i.e. aspirin), apply ice directly on infection and use creams that have an anaesthetic component. Keep in mind that creams may slow down drying and should only be used sporadically for pain relief.
* Wear loose underclothes, preferably cotton (avoid nylon), to reduce pain associated with outbreaks.
* For people who have painful urination, drink lots of fluids, because this dilutes urine and reduces pain.
Regardless of the treatment method you choose, it is important to always maintain other healthy lifestyle practices like getting adequate sleep, avoiding stressful situations, eating a balanced diet and following safe sex practices. When a person who has genital herpes engages in a healthy lifestyle and takes the proper safe sex precautions and undergoes some type of treatment regiment, the chances of genital herpes affecting his/her life are reduced greatly.
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