I've had genital herpes for about 8 years. I have found that applying rubbing alcohol to the sore is quite effective in drying them out quickly. I'm am I'm the healthcare profession and generally alcohol is not recommended for anything except for disinfecting surface areas and skin, it's an old school remedy for treating pimples, scrapes, and wounds. But I'm going against my profession and will say that this works for me. It generally dries out my sores in less than 3 days without the use of anti viral medications such as Valtrex. Applying the alcohol does burn, however if I turn a hair dryer on the cool setting and point at the affected area while applying the alcohol it doesn't burn at all. My outbreaks only tend to occur on the putter labia (tougher skin) so this may not work as well for those who have outbreaks on the penis or inner labia. Hope this helps!
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