Herpes simplex infections are common and when they appear around the mouth and lips, people often refer to them as "cold sores" and "fever blisters." Canker sores are different than cold sores. Air droplets can spread the virus, as can direct contact with the fluid from the blisters. Cold sore treatment include over-the-counter medication, as well as prescription medications. Read more: Cold Sores (Nongenital Herpes Simplex Infections) Article
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Treatment & Diagnosis
Medications & Supplements
- ibuprofen (Advil, Children's Advil/Motrin, Medipren, Motrin, Nuprin, PediaCare Fever, and others)
- acetaminophen (Tylenol, Tylenol Arthritis Pain, Tylenol Ext, Little Fevers Children's Fever/Pain)
- Valtrex (valacyclovir)
- acyclovir cream - topical, Zovirax
- valacyclovir - oral, Valtrex
- acyclovir, Zovirax
- aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid, Bayer, Ecotrin, and others)
- Over-the-Counter Products
- famciclovir, Famvir
- docosanol - topical, Abreva
- lidocaine - topical, Lidamantle, Xylocaine
- benzocaine spray - mucous membrane, HurriCaine
- pramoxine (Itch-X, PrameGel, Orax, Sarna Sensitive, and Others)
- penciclovir cream - topical, Denavir
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- Frequent Cold Sores Tied to Genetic Mutation in Study
- Immune Cell Discovery May One Day Lead to Herpes Vaccine: Study
- Could Herpes Virus Affect Memory in Older Adults?
- Millions of Americans Have an STD: Report
- Ritual in Some Jewish Circumcisions Raises Risk of Herpes Infection: Report
- Gene May Be Linked to Frequent Cold Sores
- New Hope Against the Cold Sore Virus
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