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Is there a cure for oral herpes?

Unfortunately, there is no cure for oral herpes. Oral herpes is the result of a virus, usually herpes simplex type 1. After you catch the virus, it remains in your body even after your first cold sore goes away. Stress, lack of sleep, and overexposure to the sun can bring on an oral herpes outbreak.

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Will my cold sore go away by itself?
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How long do cold sores last?
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Where can cold sores develop?
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