Genital herpes is usually treated by the use of antiviral medication such as Aciclovir, which can be taken at a dose of 400mg three times a day for five days.

There are other antivirals such as Valaciclovir and Famciclovir, which can be taken at a less frequent dosage, however they are all comparable in their effectiveness and Aciclovir is the most cost-effective option.

Self-Care Treatment Options

There are certain non-medical treatment options you can take which may be helpful, such as:

    • Clean the infected area with plain or salt water
  • Use adequate pain relief medication such as paracetamol
  • Apply vaseline or topical anaesthetics to lesions to help with the pain you maybe experiencing
  • Increase fluid intake to produce a more dilute urine to help deal with painful urination
  • Wear lose fitted clothing
  • Regularly clean towels and avoid sharing towels with others
  • Avoid any potential trigger factors such as alcohol
Authored Dec 22, 2017 by Joseph Isaac, MPharm
Reviewed Dec 04, 2018 by Prabjeet Saundh, MPharm

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