Initial herpes outbreaks can be both painful and traumatic. Most generally, coming to terms with the new diagnosis is the most difficult, but while you are trying to come to terms with the diagnosis, there is still that physical pain that must be dealt with.
What can be done to help ease the pain?
First, realize that if you received and are taking a prescription antiviral medication, it is going to take several days for that medication to begin to show result.
While you are waiting for the antiviral to work its way through your system there are several things you can do to help minimize or reduce the pain.
Take luck-warm baths and if possible add some Epsom Salt or baking soda to the water. Soak in the tub for at least 15 minutes.
After gently towel drying you can try drying the infected area with a blow dryer. Keeping the area as dry as possible will help promote quicker healing.
DO NOT apply anti-itch creams unless directed by your health care provider. Some creams contain a steroidal base and will make matters much worse.
When possible avoid wearing tight fitting undergarments. Instead try a pair of boxer shorts or cut off sweat pants that are over-sized without undergarments. Allowing as much air to the infected area as possible is strongly recommended.
Most females find it extremely painful to urinate. If this is the case, try running a shallow tub of water and urinating in the tub as it drains. This will help reduce the burning sensation of the urine by diluting it.
Drink plenty of water to help minimize the amount of acid in the urine.
If you are looking for a topical ointment or cream that will help reduce the pain, try H-Balm. Personally it is my own chosen method and begins working the second it’s applied. The cooling sensation is just the sigh of relief I need during those times of painful outbreaks.
Try taking over the counter pain medications such as Tylenol, Advil or Aleve to help reduce the pain. Perhaps try taking the nighttime formula to help get you through the night.