Precautions During a Herpes Outbreak
Precautions During an Outbreak:
- Soak in a tub of cool water 2 3 times daily to help reduce inflammation.
- Keep affected area as clean and dry as possible. After a bath or shower use a hair dryer set on cool to dry the area where lesions are present. If you do not use a hair dryer use a soft towel and pat dry. Do not use the towel on unaffected areas of the body.
- If you have open cuts on hands or other parts of the body, avoid contact with Herpes.
- Washing hands will help prevent the rare possibility of passing the virus from one part of the body to another.
- Avoid touching eyes and other mucous membranes that have had contact with Herpes lesions.
- Avoid tight fitting underwear, jeans, pantyhose. Wear cotton underwear.
What you can do to reduce the risk of sexual transmission of Herpes!
- Avoid sexual contact during periods when symptoms are present. Sexual expression that does not involve physical contact with infected skin areas can be safe activities.
- Use condoms between outbreaks to reduce the risk of transmitting the virus during unrecognized reactivation and asymptomatic viral shedding.
- Consult with your health care provider about you own specific questions and concerns about safer sex.