Treatment can't cure genital herpes. But it can provide relief from the
discomfort of herpes sores and can speed up healing.
Treatment works best if it is started as soon as possible
after an outbreak begins. This is especially true for outbreaks that come back
again and again.
- Medicines to make blisters and sores less painful and heal faster or to help prevent outbreaks. For more information, see Medications.
- Home treatment, such as taking warm
sitz baths and wearing cotton underwear, to help sores heal. For more information, see Home Treatment.
- Taking steps to prevent the spread of genital herpes.
These include avoiding any sexual contact if you (or your partner) have symptoms
or are being treated for genital herpes. For more information, see
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Jeanne Marrazzo, MD, MPH - Infectious Disease
December 20, 2012
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