One thing about sexual relations is that the other person wants the assurance that they will not be dealing with a dire disease afterward and herpes is a reason enough for them to dump you. However, what many people do not know is that this is a disease which can be managed and treated. The first step towards recovery is understanding what you are suffering from. Many people make the mistake of not seeking treatment because they are too embarrassed to face the doctor. There are antiviral medications to suppress outbreaks as well as reduce the disease severity. Unless you are a doctor, you will not know the right medication which means you need to visit your physician as early as possible. Cold sores are a common symptom and how you manage them will determine the scarring and progress. No matter what you may think about the sores, washing with soap and water is all you need to keep bacteria and other disease-causing organisms at bay.
In order to heal quickly, genital and cold sores will require exposure to air which is why you should apply light ointments. It is good to see a physician before you decide the cream you will buy for the sores If the sores are on the genital areas, it will be very uncomfortable for and a warm bath 3 times a day may soothe the irritation. It is advisable that you have two towels when bathing so that one can be for drying the rest of the body and one for the genitals. Wash each towel after every use and use a disinfectant. This might seem like unnecessary but if you do not want to be nursing the sores for a long time you will follow through.
After toweling, blow the area dry but adjust the temperature accordingly so that you do not burn the area. The purpose of the warm air is to soothe and also dry any wet sores so that they can heal faster. To give the sores enough air, choose cotton loose-fitting underwear. You can transmit the virus to other parts of the body if you are not careful which is why you should keep your hands away from your genitals. If you cannot avoid touching the sores, make sure you have washed or sanitized your hands after. The outbreaks are usually triggered by something which is why you need to learn the triggered and try your best to avoid them. Poor diet, stress, and illness are some of the common triggers.