First genital herpes outbreaks can be painful and traumatic. Coming to terms with the new diagnosis is really the most difficult part, but while you are trying to do that, you still have physical pain to deal with.
To ease the pain:
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. There’s nothing that can deal instantaneously with the outbreak. There are however, temporary treatments that can help until the antivirals begin working.
Luck-warm baths and with Epsom Salt or baking soda to the water for soaking in the tub offers some relief
Gently towel dry the infected area with a blow dryer. Keep the area as dry as possible to promote quicker healing.
Refrain from applying any anti-itch creams unless directed by your health care provider. Some creams have a steroidal base which can make the outbreak worse.
Avoid wearing tight fitting undergarments. Try a pair of boxer shorts or cut off sweat pants without underwear. By allowing as much air to reach the infected area you will help promote quicker healing.
Most females find it extremely painful to urinate. For those, I recommend they 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.
I’ve used both products for years because either begins working the second it’s applied. The cooling sensation is the relief I need even when I’m experiencing my most painful outbreaks.
You can also try taking over the counter pain medications such as Tylenol, Advil or Aleve to reduce the pain. And consider taking the nighttime formula to help you sleep through the night.