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
- Zinc and echinacea
- 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.