Remember all our previous talk about keeping sores dry during an outbreak of herpes? Much of that has to do with the kinds of clothing you wear. Breathable clothing goes a long way toward shortening the symptoms of an outbreak [source: ASHA].
When dealing with sores, remember to wear loose-fitting clothing [source: NLM]. This allows air to circulate and keeps sweat and moisture away from the affected area.
Cotton is the best option when choosing breathable underwear. Avoid synthetic fabrics or silk underwear until the outbreak has passed. Also, don't wear tight-fitting pants, whether made of cotton, polyester or any another fabric [source: NLM].
Do's and Don'ts for treating genital herpes at home:
- Don't depend on a condom to protect you or your partner. They help, but they may not cover the entire area. Viral shedding may also occur in the infected area, making the spread of the disease to a sexual partner easy, even if protection is used. Be sure to use a latex or vinyl condom between outbreaks.
- Don't wear tight-fitting pants or underwear.
- Shower, don't soak in the tub. Shedding virus can escape into the water.
More Great Links
- Read about how to prevent sexually transmitted diseases.
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- The U.S. National Library of Medicine's online encyclopedia, A.D.A.M., has a wealth of information on genital herpes, from symptoms and treatment options to prevention. Find it online at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001860/
- American Psychological Association. "Stress Weakens the Immune System." Feb. 23, 2006. (March 5, 2012) http://www.apa.org/research/action/immune.aspx
- American Social Health Association. "Treatment for genital herpes." Jan. 2012. (March 1, 2012) http://www.ashastd.org/std-sti/Herpes/treatment.html
- Davis, Robert H., Mark G. Leitner, Joseph M. Russo, and Megan E. Byrne. "Wound Healing, Oral and Topical Activity of Aloe Vera." Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association. Vol. 79, no. 11. Page 559-562. November 1989. (March 4, 2012) http://fusion-world.com/media/articles/Wound_Healing_Oral_And_Topical_Activity_Of_Aloe_Vera.pdf
- Grayson, Charlotte. "Managing genital herpes symptoms and outbreaks." HealthCentral. June 18, 2008. (March 2, 2012) http://www.healthcentral.com/genital-herpes/c/86/30107/outbreaks
- Shelton, Ronald M. "Aloe Vera: Its Chemical and Therapeutic Properties." International Journal of Dermatology. Vol. 30, no. 10. Page 679-683. October 1991. (March 4, 2012). www.desertharvest.com/physicians/documents/142-0.pdf
- University of Maryland Medical Center. "Lysine." 2011. (March 5, 2012) http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/lysine-000312.htm
- U.S. National Library of Medicine's A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia. "Genital herpes." Sept. 12, 2011. (March 1, 2012) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001860/
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Linnea Lundgren has more than 12 years experience researching, writing, and editing for newspapers and magazines. She is the author of four books, including Living Well With Allergies.
Michele Price Mann is a freelance writer who has written for such publications as Weight Watchers and Southern Living magazines. Formerly assistant health and fitness editor at Cooking Light magazine, her professional passion is learning and writing about health.
David J. Hufford, Ph.D., is university professor and chair of the Medical Humanities Department at PennsylvaniaState University's College of Medicine. He also is a professor in the departments of Neural and Behavioral Sciences and Family and Community Medicine. Dr. Hufford serves on the editorial boards of several journals, including Alternative Therapies in Health & Medicine and Explore.
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