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Genital Herpes

Also indexed as:Herpes Simplex 2
A variety of treatments offer relief from this common STD--find out what works best for your symptoms. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
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A variety of treatments offer relief from this common STD--find out what works best for your symptoms. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
  • Test topical alternatives

    For symptom relief and faster healing, try ointments containing zinc, lithium succinate, propolis, lemon balm, or aloe

  • Try lysine

    Taking 1,000 mg a day of this nutritional supplement may speed healing and help prevent outbreaks

  • Use condoms

    Gain added protection by using latex condoms when having sex

  • Guard your partner

    Avoid sexual contact during active infections to prevent infecting others

  • Protect your unborn child

    Let your doctor know if your infection becomes active near your delivery date to prevent passing the infection to your baby

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