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How do I manage my genital herpes on a daily basis?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

An outbreak of genital herpes should go away on its own in about 7 to 14 days. However, over-the-counter ointments such as lidocaine or benzocaine or pain relievers such as aspirin can help you manage your symptoms during this time. Icing the area can help to relieve any irritation, too.

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