Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Groin Herpes Home Care

Home care for herpes genitalis includes:

  • Clean the blisters thoroughly twice a day:
    • Use mild soap and water.
    • Do not scrub the skin.
    • Dry the skin.
    • Apply an antibiotic ointment.
  • Wear cotton underwear
  • Notify your sexual partner that you have herpes.
  • Avoid sexual intercourse for 2 weeks after the blisters have completely healed.
  • Acetaminophen for pain
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
  • Take prescribed medications as directed:
    • Don't skip doses of your medication. This makes them less effective.
    • Be aware of the common side effects that may be caused by your medication.
  • Learn everything you can about herpes genitalis:
    • The more you know about your condition, the easier it will be to participate with your doctor in making treatment decisions.
    • Ask your doctor about good sources for information.
    • Write down questions to ask your doctor.

Groin Herpes Pain Control

Medications commonly used to control pain and inflammation in adults with herpes genitalis include:

  • Acetaminophen decreases fever and pain, but does not help inflammation.
  • Adult dosing is 2 regular strength (325 mg) every 4 hours or 2 extra-strength (500 mg) every 6 hours.
  • Maximum dose is 4,000 mg per day.
  • Avoid this drug if you have alcoholism, liver disease or an allergy to the drug. See the package instructions.
  • Common brand names include Tylenol, Panadol, and many others.





NSAID Precautions

Groin Herpes Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have herpes genitalis and any of the following:

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Last Updated: Mar 3, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Groin Herpes References
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