Hi, I am new here. I was diagnosed with genital herpes 5 years ago. I had one initial (and painful) outbreak, my doctor gave me Valtrex to take for a week and hasn't been back since. That is until 2 days ago I have 3 or 4 small but very painful (and itchy) sores in the anal region (outer) I was looking online for remedies found around the house, and have heard that applying a cotton pad soaked with Rubbing Alcohol for a few minutes twice a day for 3-4 days will help the healing process. I just started doing that tonight (it burned! but after the pain had significantly reduced) and I applied cornstarch to keep the area dry. Basically my question is: what are your views on using rubbing alcohol? (aside from the pain factor) Do you think it works?