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Welcome to the comprehensive Health library of Maternal Gynerations. The information shared below is provided to you as an educational and informational source only and is not intended to replace a medical examination or consultation, or medical advice given to you by a physician or medical professional.

Herpes: Caring for SoresHerpes: C³mo cuidarse las llagas

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


For excellent fertility, obstetrics and gynecology services, visit Maternal Gynerations in Lawrenceville or Dacula. We provide family planning consultations and gynecologic cancer screening. Call 770.513.4000 or visit our Patient Portal to view your account or schedule your consultation with us. Our patients come to us from Dacula, Lawrenceville, Suwanee, Winder and Buford.

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