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A 16-year-old female asked:

Is there a cure for cold sores yet? if not what is the best prevention of them, i like being in the sun a lot and i'm afraid to get one every time

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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
Cold sores : Herpes simplex is divided into two types: HSV type 1 and HSV type 2. Both of these conditions can affect your mouth or your genitals and can be spread via oral sex. There no cure for HSV infection and often stress is an aggravating factor. Cold sores generally clear up without treatment within 10-14 days. Abreva is an OTC topical remedy used to help speed healing and minimize pain.
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Cold sores: At the very first sign of a cold sore(herpes simplex),taking zovirax (acyclovir) by mouth and applying zovirax (acyclovir) ointment may prevent a full blown outbreak. You would have to take a medication like zovirax (acyclovir) daily to see if it would prevent cold sores but I recommend that you discuss this with a dermatologist.

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Last updated Oct 4, 2016

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