Oral Herpes Treatment

There is no cure for oral herpes. Once a person gets infected with the virus, the virus will always stay in the body. However, there are a lot of ways to alleviate the pain once the symptoms show up.

  • oral herpes treatmentAntiviral medicine: If a patient experiences a severe outbreak of symptoms, there is a need for prescriptions to fight the virus. It can help lessen the pain from the sores and blisters and make the symptoms disappear faster. Some of the most commonly prescribed antiviral medicine is Acyclovir, Famciclovir, and Valacyclovir. These prescriptions are best taken when the symptoms are still about to come out.
  • Antiviral cold sore creams: Applying this to the infected area can help the cold sores from going away faster. This is most effective when the symptoms have just come out such as a tingling sensation in the lips and around the mouth.
  • Moisturizing creams: This can help ease the pain once the cold sores have shown up.
  • Painkillers: To alleviate pain and discomfort from cold sores, a patient can take painkillers such as paracetamol or acetaminophen.
  • Cold compress: It will help ease the pain due to cold sores.
  • Wash frequently: Washing one’s hands with antiseptic soap and water can prevent the virus from spreading to other parts of the body. Washing the infected area is also recommended.
  • Food to avoid: Avoid taking hot, spicy, and salty foods. It can cause more pain to the cold sores.
  • Warm water with salt: Once in a while, gargle with warm water mixed with a pinch of salt especially if the sores are inside the mouth. This can help heal the sores faster.

For people whose oral herpes infection has become severe, they may need to be admitted to a hospital. This is particularly done for those with infections that have spread to other organs; those diagnosed with other diseases and have weak immune system, and infant below six weeks.