Herpes Simplex Infections
Alternate Names : Fever Blister, COLD Sore
What are the treatments for the infection?
In most cases, herpes simplex blisters on the face are self-limiting. They
will usually crust over and go away in about 2 weeks. If they last longer, a doctor should be consulted. Treatment for oral herpes includes the following:
diluted, or 1 1/2%, hydrogen peroxide mouth rinse
lip balm to soothe sores on the lips
prescription antiviral medicines, such as acyclovir,
salt-water rinse, with 1/2 teaspoon salt in 8 ounces of warm water
sunblock cream for lip protection
is used to treat HSV in newborn babies and people with genital herpes who have faulty immune systems.
or its relative, valacyclovir,
can also be used to treat HSV in otherwise healthy people. Other treatment is aimed at
preventing secondary infection and relieving symptoms.
What are the side effects of the treatments?
Antiviral medicines may cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and
allergic reactions. Creams
and ointments may cause an allergic reaction
in some individuals.
What happens after treatment for the infection?
Some people will have frequent recurrences of HSV. They sometimes
benefit from taking acyclovir
as a preventive measure.
How is the condition monitored?
Any new or worsening symptoms should be reported to a healthcare provider.