Herpes Simplex Virus Treatments

Herpes simplex virus is treated with antiviral medication. The medication can help clear up the virus and prevent further outbreaks.

Home treatments may help you feel more comfortable during an outbreak:

  • Wear loose-fitting clothes.
  • Wear cotton underwear.
  • Avoid sun exposure, which can exacerbate the rash.
  • Avoid using soaps with fragrance.
  • Take a warm bath.

Some people take antiviral medication only when they are having an outbreak. Others take it when the first symptoms of tingling and itching begin. Still others take it every day if they are prone to outbreaks and concerned about spreading the virus to a partner.

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