Genital herpes cannot be cured. However, antiviral medication can relieve pain and discomfort during an outbreak by healing the sores more quickly. These drugs appear to help during first attacks more than they do in later outbreaks. Medicines used to treat herpes include acyclovir, famciclovir, and valacyclovir. But there are also some ways to ease any genital herpes’ symptoms.
- Painkillers such as paracetamol to help ease pain.
- Whilst sitting in a warm bath or with water flowing over the area during pee.
- Anaesthetic ointment that you can buy at pharmacies (such as lidocaine 5%) may relieve itching or pain. Some people do allergic, so you have to be careful about this.
- Ice pack (ice wrapped in a tea towel) placed over the sores for 5-10 minutes may be soothing. Do not put ice directly on to the skin as this may cause an ‘ice burn’
- Have lots of drink to help you make your urine more dilute and may make passing urine less painful.
- Do not use scented soap, bubble bath, etc as these may irritate. gentle cleaning of the sores with just cotton wool and plain or salt water is best.
- You should avoid sharing towels or any sponges or face cloths with other people, as this may pass on the infection.
- You should avoid having sex until the sores and blisters have cleared and/or you have seen a doctor follow-up.