In this article, I discuss how to get rid of herpes pain. I will show you easy-to-apply comfort measures that you can apply anytime.
The pain and discomfort of the herpes virus are always worst in the period of adjustment shortly after the contraction of a primary infection. While you want relief immediately, also keep in mind that you are working on an adjustment process. This will make herpes less disrupting.
Herpes Pain Symptoms
For most people, the discomfort of herpes is more an annoying set of sensations than sharp and acute pain. Although, it can be severe enough to keep some people home, interfering with work and social life.
Conquering herpes is a question of adjustment between you and the virus over time.
The secret is to take good care of yourself, both physically and mentally. Do everything possible to go on living your life as fully as ever—and that’s really no secret. Alleviating the physical discomfort is the first step. The discomfort can occur for several reasons. Everyone’s experience is not the same.
You will learn to identify your particular needs and what can be done about them. The activity of the virus in the nerve cells before and during an outbreak will often cause uncomfortable aches. For example, some genital herpes sufferers will feel tenderness in part or all of the groin.
Disruptions in surface cells as they are invaded and killed by the virus and/or body defenses will cause tenderness in that tissue. General inﬂammation and hotness, sometimes described as a feeling of having the ﬂu, can also occur.
In some women, because of the location of the rash stinging or burning will occur when urine runs over it. Stinging, burning or sensitivity when urinating or defecating may also be experienced from generalized inflammation.
Since there is an active ﬁght with your body and the virus, there may be discomfort which accompanies other infections.
The last thing to understand is that anxiety and worry can increase the experience of physical pain directly!
Soothing the Pain
If the pain is severe, your physician may prescribe a short-term course of analgesics. This is usually only necessary in primary cases.
In normal cases, prescription painkillers such as codeine or Demerol are not a good idea. They often cause side effects (constipation or urinary retention), which in turn will increase the discomfort. Nausea and sedation may also occur. Except in extremely severe cases, you are working against yourself by using strong narcotic analgesics. If necessary, two aspirins every three hours will be helpful.
Use Tylenol if you cannot tolerate aspirin. But don’t be foolish. Consult your physician before trying anything.
Here are some easy ways to soothe the discomfort of genital herpes. Use what is most effective and easy to apply for you:
- Hold hot compresses on the rash area for a few minutes several times a day. Please, not so hot that you damage your skin.
- Using an ice pack also will be soothing and cooling for most people.
- Soothe by bathing, either in plain body temperature water or with Epsom salts added. They help dry the rash and keep the area clean. Do not overdo bathing to the point of causing skin disruptions, which may help the virus spread. Instead, take a short, soothing bath and then gently dry the area. By all means, go swimming. You’ll not infect somebody by swimming in a pool. Just remove your wet bathing suit when you are ﬁnished and make sure you dry the infected area well. Some people ﬁnd that using a hair dryer helps—not too hot and not too close.
- Dab with plain alcohol if the rash is external. This will relieve itching and help keep the area clean and dry. Remember, the virus dies when it dries. Topical Xylocaine available from your druggist will provide temporary cooling and soothing.
- Douche gently with plain tap water if lesions are inside the vagina. Do not use an astringent substance like vinegar or other commercial preparations.
- Cover the rash brieﬂy while urinating, if it is located so that urine running over it causes discomfort. Drink lots of ﬂuids to dilute urine acidity.
- Use tampons or mini pads if there is a discharge from the cervix. Remember to change them frequently. Tampons can be safely worn during menstruation as usual.
Wear loose clothes
Friction will aggravate the discomfort of genital herpes and retard healing of the rash. Tight designer jeans just might not be worth it. Women will find wearing long skirts instead of pants a great relief if chafing is a problem. Wear cotton underwear; nylon will work against you. This will probably not be necessary for the future when herpes is under control. However, do everything to make yourself comfortable now.
After cleaning and drying external rashes, a light dusting with talcum powder (preferably unscented) will help the chaﬁng problem. Friction from vigorous sex. or masturbation will also contribute to discomfort and retard healing. Be careful until the area is completely healed. It is very counterproductive to start the process all over again by abrading skin in the rash area.
Rest and Relax
Please rest and relax. At the very least, slow down a little! Do not be so busy that you can’t possibly spend a minute on yourself. That will cause stress. There are always underlying reasons why people are too busy for themselves. Even a brief look at those reasons will go a long way towards improving the discomforts of having herpes. When you find yourself continually feeling that you have too much to do, take a look at your priorities.
Create A Routine
The last important step is often a difficult one, but it doesn’t have to be. Develop a ﬁxed and consistent routine for your comfort measures with definite prescribed times for their application. Then forget about herpes!
Don’t let herpes control you, even for the short time of an outbreak. Herpes is just a very small part of your world, albeit an annoying one at times. This is far from being trite. One of the major problems with herpes is just that—having herpes continually plaguing your mind.
It can become a vicious cycle that will contribute a great deal to your discomfort. So break the habit now. Focus outward on work, school, or fun and recreation.
Reduce Anxiety and Stress
Anxiety and worry about herpes increase physical discomfort and your perception of that discomfort. Reducing that anxiety takes your attention away from herpes for more productive purposes. The links between physical discomfort and stress and anxiety are well established. When you have learned what you need to know about herpes, you’ll be able to drop most of your anxieties. And in so doing, reduce your discomfort accordingly.