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What are home care measures for genital herpes?

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Simple self-care may be enough to relieve most discomfort caused by genital herpes. An over-the-counter pain reliever, such as aspirin, acetaminophen, or ibuprofen, can help ease pain. Doctors sometimes recommend soaking the affected area in warm water. But keep the area dry most of the time. If toweling off after bathing is uncomfortable, try using a hair dryer. Then put on cotton underwear. Cotton absorbs moisture better than synthetic fabric does.

SOURCES:  Terri Warren, RN, and Ricks Warren, PhD, The Updated Herpes Handbook, Portland Press, 2002. Vonau, B. "Does the extract of the plant Echinacea purpurea influence the clinical course of recurrent genital herpes?" International Journal of STD and AIDS, March 2001. Vynograd, N. "A comparative multi-centre study of the efficacy of propolis, acyclovir and placebo in the treatment of genital herpes (HSV)," Phytomedicine, March 2000. Chiu, LC. "A polysaccharide fraction from medicinal herb Prunella vulgaris downregulates the expression of herpes simplex virus antigen in Vero cells." Journal of Ethnopharmacology, July 2004. Xu, HX. "Isolation and characterization of an anti-HSV polysaccharide from Prunella vulgaris," Antiviral Research, ov. 1999. Piraino,F. "Isolation and partial characterization of an antiviral, RC-183, from the edible mushroom Rozites caperata, Antiviral Research, Sept. 1999.

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SOURCES:  Terri Warren, RN, and Ricks Warren, PhD, The Updated Herpes Handbook, Portland Press, 2002. Vonau, B. "Does the extract of the plant Echinacea purpurea influence the clinical course of recurrent genital herpes?" International Journal of STD and AIDS, March 2001. Vynograd, N. "A comparative multi-centre study of the efficacy of propolis, acyclovir and placebo in the treatment of genital herpes (HSV)," Phytomedicine, March 2000. Chiu, LC. "A polysaccharide fraction from medicinal herb Prunella vulgaris downregulates the expression of herpes simplex virus antigen in Vero cells." Journal of Ethnopharmacology, July 2004. Xu, HX. "Isolation and characterization of an anti-HSV polysaccharide from Prunella vulgaris," Antiviral Research, ov. 1999. Piraino,F. "Isolation and partial characterization of an antiviral, RC-183, from the edible mushroom Rozites caperata, Antiviral Research, Sept. 1999.

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