Oral Herpes (Herpes Simplex) Topic Guide

Oral Herpes (Herpes Simplex) Oral Herpes (Herpes Simplex): Oral herpes is an infection caused by the herpes simplex virus. The virus causes painful sores on your lips, gums, tongue, roof of your mouth, and inside your cheeks.

Oral Herpes (Herpes Simplex) Topic Guide - Visuals

Oral Herpes (Herpes Simplex) Topic Guide - Medications and Vitamins

Medications:

docosanol topical Docosanol Topical

Docosanol topical (for the skin) is used to treat cold sores on the face and lips...learn more »

penciclovir topical Penciclovir Topical

Penciclovir topical (for the skin) is an antiviral medication that is used to treat cold sores on the lips that are caused by the herpes simplex virus. This...learn more »

valacyclovir Valacyclovir

Valacyclovir is an antiviral medicine that is used to treat or prevent herpes virus episodes, including genital herpes or shingles (herpes zoster) in adults....learn more »

famciclovir Famciclovir

Famciclovir is an antiviral medicine that is used to treat infections caused by herpes viruses, including genital herpes, cold sores, and shingles.

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acyclovir topical Acyclovir Topical

Acyclovir topical (for the skin) is an antiviral medicine that is used to treat skin symptoms caused by the herpes virus...learn more »

acyclovir (oral) Acyclovir (oral)

Acyclovir is an antiviral drug. It slows the growth and spread of the herpes virus in the body. Acyclovir will not cure herpes, but it can lessen the sympto...learn more »