Genital herpes can lead to pain, discomfort, and embarrassment – so it’s no surprise you’re looking for some herpes treatment options.
First, the bad news. There is currently no cure for herpes simplex virus (HSV). However, there are multiple herpes treatments available to help you manage and alleviate your symptoms, so you don’t have to suffer in silence.
Here we explore a range of options that may help you including:
- Herpes medication
- Herpes creams
- Home remedies for herpes.
Want to double check if your symptoms are actually herpes and not another condition or infection? Check our guide to what herpes looks like.
Genital Herpes Medication
Genital herpes is most commonly managed with antiviral herpes medication. According to myDr.com.au, the types of medication available in Australia are acyclovir (e.g. Zovirax), famciclovir (e.g. Famvir), and valaciclovir (e.g. Valtrex). Don’t worry about the weird names, though – they all effectively do the same thing.
By taking genital herpes medication when you first notice signs of an outbreak, you’ll be able to reduce the severity of your symptoms and reduce how long they last. If you’re really quick (and lucky), you may even prevent the outbreak altogether.
If you’re suffering from frequent or particularly painful episodes, you may choose an ongoing medication option (i.e. taking the tablets every day to reduce the chances of an episode occurring). Even if this suppressive approach doesn’t stop outbreaks entirely, it should help make your symptoms milder.
Cream for Genital Herpes
If your outbreak is painful or particularly uncomfortable, you may find a painkilling gel or local anaesthetic (e.g. lidocaine) can help you get some relief.
Feeling some pain when urinating? While Vaseline isn’t specifically a herpes cream, it can help reduce this pain if you apply it to the sores.
Home Remedies for Herpes
You’re generally best off making a consultation to determine the best treatment for your genital herpes. However, if you’re looking for natural remedies for herpes or you’d like to try a herpes treatment at home, Healthline suggests trying these alternatives:
- An ice pack wrapped in fabric (don’t apply directly to skin)
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Vitamin D and vitamin E supplements (or dietary changes and more sunlight)
- Dietary changes (e.g. eating pomegranates, peanuts, walnuts, fish, avocados, chicken, and cottage cheese)
- Consuming specific essential oils or using them in a diffuser or bathwater (garden thyme, rosemary, wormwood, cinnamon, basil).
The final word
If you’re experiencing genital herpes outbreaks, the best starting point is trying one of the medications available. While creams and home remedies can provide much-needed relief for your symptoms, genital herpes medication is the key method for shortening your outbreaks and reducing them from occurring more frequently.