A 39-year-old male asked:
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A girl says she takes a prescription med for cold sores she gets in mouth. I thought meds are for genital herpes? Why would she take for hsv1?

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Meds cover both: Valtrex (valacyclovir) and acycolvir are both medications for herpes...And both can treat herpes 1 or 2. Herpes is a family of viruses and these meds treat most members of the family and hsv1 and 2 are the most common. Other herpetic viruses include mono (epstein barr) and chickenpox as well as human papilloma virus.).
Answered on May 27, 2017
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