In order to be able to deal with a herpes infection, you need to be fully informed about the nature of the disease, how it affects your body and how you can fight against it. Herpes is a type of viral infection that generally causes cold sores in the oral or genital areas of an infected person.
Herpes can also bring with symptoms that mimic the flu. It is important to get tested the moment you see sores appearing as the test for herpes can only be carried out while the symptoms are ongoing.
It is contagious and can be passed on by mere skin to skin contact. Hence, it is advisable to avoid contact with the sores at all times. Wash your hands if you do happen to touch them. This is important because touching the sores can lead to further infection; when you later touch other parts of your body and transmit the disease to those parts.
Herpes cannot be cured but there are medications to treat the sores and to prevent infections. There are also simple and practical measures that you can take to help the sores heal quickly. These include keeping the area dry at all times. When you clean the area, be sure to use lukewarm water and avoid soaps or lotions that may irritate the skin. During an outbreak, avoid wearing underwear that is too tight as this may cause chaffing and worsen the situation.
You should consult your doctor to health advisor about how you could learn to cope with the disease. It is possible to continue to date despite a confirmed diagnosis. You just have to take the necessary precautions like using a condom and avoiding sex during an outbreak of sores.
You can continue to life a full life despite a herpes infection.