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Can symptoms be treated at home?

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There are things you can do to relieve the discomfort and severity of the symptoms during an outbreak. Home treatments include:

  • Take painkillers such as aspirin, acetaminophen, or ibuprofen.
  • Bathe sore areas with a warm salt-water solution twice a day (1/2 teaspoon salt with 1/2 pint warm water).
  • Let air circulate around the sores by wearing loose-fitting clothes.
  • Put an ice pack on the affected area. Wrap the ice pack in a towel or piece of cloth.
  • Get plenty of rest.

From: Common Symptoms of Genital Herpes WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: "Genital Herpes -- CDC Fact Sheet."

AVERT: "Herpes: Symptoms, Treatment & Facts."

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Genital Herpes: Symptoms."

Planned Parenthood: "Herpes."

Mayo Clinic: "Genital herpes: Symptoms."

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on January 09, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: "Genital Herpes -- CDC Fact Sheet."

AVERT: "Herpes: Symptoms, Treatment & Facts."

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Genital Herpes: Symptoms."

Planned Parenthood: "Herpes."

Mayo Clinic: "Genital herpes: Symptoms."

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on January 09, 2018

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