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Relieving the pain and discomfort

Some people try over the counter products and home remedies to help them manage the pain and discomfort of genital herpes symptoms. Examples of these include:

  • Over the counter pain relievers (e.g. paracetamol)
  • Pain relieving creams
  • L-lysine
  • Zinc and echinacea
  • Honey
  • Warm showers or salt water baths
  • Loose fitting cotton underwear
  • Increased fluids to dilute urine.

While these remedies have not been proven to be effective, some people find them helpful in relieving pain and discomfort during an outbreak.