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Although there is no cure, there are a number of things you can do in order to make your outbreaks more comfortable on top of taking medication. These are pretty simple but can relieve you of some of the pain you are experiencing.

When you have blisters don’t wear tight clothing or anything made of nylon as it can aggravate the blisters and make the area sore and itchy. It is best to wear loose cotton underwear, as this will not rub the area as much. You also want to keep the area clean so wash with plain water or salted water. This is to make sure that your blisters do not become infected but if you use perfumed body wash, it will irritate the skin. The salted water may also help them heal faster. You could also apply ice packs or wet teabags to the area when they are sores to help relieve pain.

It is painful to urinate when you have a number of blisters as the ammonia from the urine can make them sting if they come into contact with it. A good remedy is to apply Vaseline or anaesthetic cream to the area, as it will lessen the pain during urination. You could also try pouring water over the area whilst you urinate or sit in warm water as this will dilute your urine and stop the pain. Also, drink plenty of fluids as this will also dilute your urine and make it less painful if it touches your blisters.

Taking warm baths is recommended to ease discomfort and it is also a good way of keeping the area clean. Do not use bubble bath as the perfume may cause more aggravation. After you have washed the area, it is best to keep the area dry and try to avoid hot conditions as the area will sweat and cause irritation.

Painkillers such as Paracetamol can help with the pain that the blisters cause and can be easily gotten from your local supermarket. It is important to remember that cream used for treating cold sores will not work on genital herpes so there is no point applying it to your blisters.

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