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Genital Herpes (cont.)

Genital Herpes Self-Care at Home

Individuals infected with the genital herpes virus should:

  • avoid excessive heat or sunlight, which makes the irritation more uncomfortable;
  • not use perfumed or antibacterial soaps, feminine deodorant, or douches;
  • wear comfortable, loose fitting cotton clothing;
  • take aspirin, acetaminophen (Tylenol and others), or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, Nuprin, etc.) if helpful; and
  • use cool cloths on the affected area if it soothes the pain.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/4/2014

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