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.