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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Medications & Supplements
- acyclovir cream - topical, Zovirax
- valacyclovir - oral, Valtrex
- acetaminophen (Tylenol, Tylenol Arthritis Pain, Tylenol Ext, Little Fevers Children's Fever/Pain)
- aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid, Bayer, Ecotrin, and others)
- famciclovir, Famvir
- ibuprofen (Advil, Children's Advil/Motrin, Medipren, Motrin, Nuprin, PediaCare Fever, and others)
- acyclovir, Zovirax
- Valtrex (valacyclovir)
- pramoxine (Itch-X, PrameGel, Orax, Sarna Sensitive, and Others)
- Over-the-Counter Products
- penciclovir cream - topical, Denavir
- docosanol - topical, Abreva
- benzocaine spray - mucous membrane, HurriCaine
- lidocaine - topical, Lidamantle, Xylocaine
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- Could Herpes Virus Affect Memory in Older Adults?
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- Ritual in Some Jewish Circumcisions Raises Risk of Herpes Infection: Report
- Gene May Be Linked to Frequent Cold Sores
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