It can be devastating news to be diagnosed with Herpes. You may experience a strong sense of shame and even loose your sex drive for a while. How does one cope with Herpes?.
A viral infection causes Herpes. Most people contract the Herpes virus as children when someone infects them with saliva on the mouth. Herpes can also be spread by sexual contact. The vast majority of people in North America carries the virus without an outbreak. Painful blisters around the genital area or mouth mean an outbreak. The virus can be passed to the eyes and genitals. There is no cure for Herpes.
Research shows carriers are more prone to outbreak during stressful periods and when the skin has been compromised such as by sunburn, chafing or dryness. Outbreaks are more common in people who have a greater tendency to manifest their stress physically. Managing your stress better can limit outbreaks. Yoga, meditation, talking to someone and wearing comfortable clothes can go a long way to limit outbreaks.
It is very important to avoid touching the blister in an outbreak to avoid spreading the virus further. Many people choose to always have antiviral medication on hand. If you become aware a blister is forming and take antiviral medication in time, you can avoid a break out. Abreva cream is also very helpful to have on hand as it shortens the healing period and reduces the swelling in the blisters. Herpes is not a death sentence for your sex life. It does require you to have an honest conversation with your partner and act responsively during an outbreak. Most people with Herpes go on to live normal lives and learn to minimize their risk of outbreaks.