How can antiviral medications help treat my oral herpes?

Although there is no way to get rid of the virus that causes oral herpes, antiviral medications can help you manage your symptoms. As soon as you feel a cold sore beginning to develop, use an antiviral medication to ease irritation and to help your cold sore heal faster. Talk to your doctor about possible antiviral treatments.

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What is oral herpes?
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If I have a cold sore, how long is it contagious?
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If I have cold sores, does that protect me from genital herpes?
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