How to treat genital herpes is usually by the use of antiviral medicines such as Aciclovir tablets, which can be taken at a dose of 400mg three times a day for five days.

There are other antivirals genital herpes treatments 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 genital herpes treatment, Aciclovir is not available over the counter and does require a prescription.

Self-Care Genital Herpes Treatment at Home Options

There are certain non-medical treatment options you can take which may be helpful, such as home remedies, essential oils and any of the following self-care measures:

  • Clean the infected open sores area with plain or salt water
  • Use adequate pain relief medication such as paracetamol to ease the pain
  • Apply vaseline or topical anaesthetics to lesions to help with the pain you may be experiencing
  • Increase fluid intake to produce a more dilute urine to help deal with painful urination
  • Wear loose fitted clothing
  • Regularly clean towels and avoid sharing towels with others
  • Avoid any potential trigger factors such as alcohol

Although all of our content is written and reviewed by healthcare professionals, it should not be substituted for or used as medical advice. If you have any questions about your health, please speak to your doctor.

Authored Dec 22, 2017 by Joseph Issac, MPharm
Reviewed Mar 23, 2021 by Prabjeet Saundh, MPharm

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