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How do medications treat oral herpes?

There is no cure for oral herpes. The infection is the result of a virus, herpes simplex type 1, which remains in the body even when there is no outbreak on the skin. However, antiviral medications can help to ease and manage symptoms of the infection, and they may help your cold sores heal in a shorter amount of time. Antiviral skin creams can help, but don't significantly reduce the time it takes to get rid of outbreaks. Over-the-counter painkillers can help with discomfort.

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Is oral herpes contagious?
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How long do cold sores last?
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Oral herpes, or cold sores, goes away on its own in about one to two weeks. Taken early, antiviral m...
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If I have a cold sore, how long is it contagious?
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Can oral herpes spread to other parts of the body?
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