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What are the treatment options for oral herpes?

While there is no cure for oral herpes, there are treatment options that can help to ease and manage symptoms. If the infection is mild, reduce irritation by cleaning the sore with water and soap and icing the area. Antiviral medications like acyclovir, valacyclovir, or famciclovir can help soothe any discomfort and heal your cold sores faster, too.

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