Can antibiotics be used to treat viral oral infections?

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Viral infections do not respond to antibiotics, so they are not generally used to treat viral oral infections. Instead, a type of drug called an antiviral is prescribed to those who need to reduce symptoms quickly. Antiviral medications can't cure viral infections but they can help them run their course more quickly. In addition, they might reduce severe symptoms.

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Viral Oral Infections

Viral Oral Infections

Viral oral infections are virus that can affect the mouth and oral area. They include the herpes simplex virus, hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD), and in some cases, human papillomavirus or HPV. These viruses are usually very co...

ntagious and can cause painful oral sores, depending on the type of oral virus. In rare cases, mumps can spread through saliva causing swelling of the area around the mouth.
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