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I have not read through all of the threads in this site, but I've discovered a few things which help my symptoms. I'm a biochemist. None of these recommendations are herbal or anything like that. They're methodological improvements to things I've seen floating around.

1) Soaking with saltwater; it sounds easy; the science is reasonably obvious, but for the men out there who have tried it, it's a rather dysfunctional thing to do.

Tip: put 2tsp or so of salt in a condom, with 1-2" of water, then put it on. Slosh it around, especially if you're uncircumcised. How long you leave it on is a matter of debate and individual biology, but certainly don't try and do this for very extended periods of time, the osmosis will pull all of the water out of your penis. That's bad.

Physicians generally recommend salt twice a day or whatever... That literature is all over. The key here is: use a condom. It's unbelievable functional, and you can make a rather concentrated solution without using half a box of salt.

2) If you find your outbreak is seriously distracting you from something important. Studying for a stressful final exam, etc. you can always buy ointments or sprays with lidocaine (here it is called Polysporin Complete). It burns like hell for 5 seconds but by god, you will have relief enough to accomplish your task. Be warned, many of the sprays use alcohol as a solvent. Use ointments when possible to avoid the extra stinging.

Consider this before using salt if your sores are bad enough for the salt to be especially painful. It is, in my experience, FAR more effective than painkillers; and scientifically it is far less harmful to your body than medium-long term acetaminophen (Tylenol) use.


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