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Are there alternative treatments for oral herpes?

In addition to antiviral medication, other alternative treatments can help ease symptoms during an oral herpes outbreak as well. Reduce irritation by cleaning the cold sore with water and soap and icing the area. Over-the-counter pain medications and ointments like lidocaine or benzocaine can help ease pain, too. Above all, try not to touch the cold sore so that it is able to heal.

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