A herpes infection does not always produce symptoms or may only show up with mild symptoms.Because of this, as much as 25 % of the people infected with the herpes infection are ignorant about their condition or may not recognize the symptoms.The first primary outbreak of herpes symptoms is usually the most severe and prescription antiviral medication is usually needed to provide relief for the pain and discomfort as well as to accelerate the healing of the ulcers and sores.Common antiviral medicines for the treatment of primary and recurrent herpes outbreaks include Acyclovir (Zovirax), Valacyclovir (Valtrex) and Famiciclovir (Famvir).Women also tend to experience more health complications than men during the first herpes outbreak.Once infected with the herpes virus, the virus stays dormant in the skin and can become “reactivated” – triggering recurrent outbreaks from time to time.
Women may also experience pain or difficulty urinating, and foul smelling discharge if herpes blisters are present inside the vagina.
In addition to good dietary diets, getting plenty of sleep and relieving stress through mediation, breath exercise or even self hypnosis can help to decrease the frequency of herpes outbreaks.
Genital herpes is a common sexually transmitted disease (STD).
Further steps that one can do at home to manage and promote the healing of active herpes sores includes: Nobody exactly knows what are the causes that may trigger a HSV outbreak but some medical experts believe factors like a weak immune system, stress, menstrual periods and bodily injuries are possible reasons that can increase the chances of a recurrences of herpes outbreaks.
For patients with chronic herpes outbreaks (more than 6 outbreaks per year), most doctors will recommend a daily low dose of the antiviral medicines as a form of suppressive therapy.