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Are there cures for viral skin infections?

There are no cures for viral skin infections, and some infections can reoccur. For example, different types of the herpes virus, which can cause cold sores and genital herpes, stays in specific body nerves. Warts, caused by the human papilloma virus, can be difficult to treat and may recur. Although the herpes zoster virus stays in the body, shingles usually does not recur and may be prevented by a vaccine.Molluscum contagiosum infection usually goes away on its own (if the person's immune system is not compromised) and does not return. Treatment is not always needed for viral skin infections, but, when necessary, treatment may include taking antiviral drugs and treating the symptoms of the infection.

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