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This may seem like a strange question...But how do I properly clean and care for the OB without spreading it? I understand using hair dryers (the hair dryer thing really helps and feels good! Lol) and patting the area dry, but when showering, I'm concerned I may inadvertently spread the virus around. Or does that not happen if you're using soap and/or on Valtrex? Also, is there any recommended soap that prevents the sores from getting infected but is still lady-part friendly?

Also, does anyone have any recommended home remedies for the sores? I'm a fan of using natural remedies (when safe and effective). So many questions! Thank you in advance to anyone who can give me some advice :) 

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Free73

Just wash yourself as you normally do. You don't need to do anything else to care for the outbreak. Normal soap will break the virus up and effectively kill it.

Try using shea butter, it is natural and keeps the skin more moist than normal soap.

I wouldn't worry about 'spreading' the virus around. Auto-inoculation is very rare and you can't spread the virus to other parts of your genitals because it is already there. Over the life of the virus, you will probably get blisters or lesions in more than one spot in your genital area. For example, I get them on my upper inner thigh, my butt cheek and occasionally my penis (but never at the same time, it's always one or the other). This doesn't mean the virus has spread, it just chooses a different nerve to travel down to the skin and that can happen. Of course, some people will only get them in one spot over the life of the virus.

You can try tea tree oil and aloe vera. Neither are clinically proven to be effective, but you can give them a try and see if they provide any relief for you.

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@Free73 Makes sense! Thank you for the advice! I've heard good things about tea tree oil so I'll give it a try :)

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