Manage Your Genital Herpes Symptoms and Outbreaks
Ok, you're in the middle of an outbreak and you‘re in pain!
How do you manage the uncomfortable and painful symptoms?
First, get medical treatment. Antiviral therapy reduces the
severity of the symptoms and duration of the symptoms when started early in an
outbreak. Beyond that, most people are on their own. Here are some ideas on
things you can try at home to minimize the symptoms:
your genital herpes sores clean and dry. Take warm baths and, after each
bath, dry your sores well.
Epsom salt bath. Throw a large handful into a warm (or cool), shallow bath
and soak. This will help the sores dry up and heal.
loose clothes that don't rub or irritate your sores. Cotton underwear is
best, and don't wear pantyhose if you don't have to. Sometimes, wearing no
underwear at all is the most comfortable.
ice packs to your sores. You may find this reliev...
If you or someone you love has just been diagnosed with genital herpes, you may be experiencing a variety of emotions, and you’ve probably got questions—lots of them. It is important to be open and honest with your partner and to know the facts to keep you both healthy and safe. What is Genital Herpes? Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease caused by the herpes simplex viruses (HSV) type 1 and type 2. Most genital herpes is caused by HSV type 2. Symptoms Most people do not show the symptoms of genital herpes but can still spread the virus. In fact, the herpes virus stays in the body even after all symptoms have subsided. Read more about the common symptoms of genital herpes. Prevention and Treatment Some drugs can lower the frequency and length of outbreaks, but there is no cure for genital herpes. However, suppressive therapy combined with safe sex practices can decrease your chances of passing the virus to your partner. Learn about th...
Alternative Names Sores - male genitals; Ulcers - male genitals Home Care Avoid self-treatment before seeing a doctor. It can hide signs and symptoms and make diagnosis more difficult. Avoid all sexual contact until you have a medical exam. Call your health care provider if Call for an appointment with your doctor if you have any unexplained genital sores or if new ones appear in other parts of your body. What to expect at your health care provider's office The doctor will perform a physical examination. The exam will include looking at the genital, pelvis, skin, lymph nodes, mouth, and throat. The doctor will ask questions about your medical history and symptoms, including: Description: What does the sore look like? For example, is it an ulcer , blister , hard lump ( nodule ), or pustule ? Does it hurt? Does it itch? What color is it? Does the border look sharp or blurry? Is there more than one sore? Where are the sores located? Time Pattern: When did you first notice the sore? How long have you had it? Have...
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