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Herpes: Caring for Sores

Good hygiene matters when you have herpes. Take care of your sores to speed healing. Neglected sores can lead to other infections.

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Warm baths can ease itching and burning caused by sores.

To Ease Your Symptoms

  • Take any medications as directed.

  • Take aspirin or an aspirin substitute for pain.

  • Take warm baths to relieve itching of sores. And don't share towels when you have a sore.

  • Urinate in a tub of warm water to prevent burning. This works for women with genital herpes.

  • Don't wear tight clothes or nylon underwear. They can trap moisture, cause chafing, and prevent sores from healing.

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Use mild soap to wash your sores. Dry thoroughly to promote healing.

To Speed Healing

  • Wash the sores with mild soap and water. And wash your hands after you touch a sore.

  • Dry the affected area completely. Blow-drying the sores on low heat may help speed healing.

  • Don't bandage sores. The dry air helps them heal.

  • Avoid ointments unless they are prescribed. They retain moisture and may cause other infections.

  • Don't pick at the sores. This can slow healing.

  • Don't touch your eyes when you have a sore. The virus may travel from your fingertips to your eyes.

Resources

National Herpes Hotline: 919-361-8488, www.ashastd.org

CDC National STD Hotline: 800-227-8922, www.cdc.gov/nchstp/dstd

Date Last Reviewed: 2005-02-02T00:00:00-07:00

Date Last Modified: 2003-02-06T00:00:00-07:00

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