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Oral Herpes (cont.)

Oral Herpes Home Remedies

  • Use acetaminophen (Tylenol, Panadol) or ibuprofen (Excedrin, Advil, Motrin) for fever and muscle aches. There is data suggesting acetaminophen may be triggering asthma development in some children so parents should check with their child's pediatric doctor before using over-the-counter drugs containing acetaminophen.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration.
  • Avoid physical contact with the lesions and any lesion secretions.

For mild infections, self-care may be adequate for treatment. Other treatments termed "home remedies" are not considered cures but can ease or hasten recovery. These remedies include aloe vera gel, cornstarch paste, and tea or mint leaves. There is no cure for the infection. People with severe infection symptoms, especially children, should be evaluated by a medical caregiver.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/14/2014

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