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A 48-year-old female asked:

Will antifungal cream help shrink a hsv pimple /cold sore? what effect does menopause have on the hsv virus reactivating ? will it reactivate more often?can hsv go down the nerves and cause outbreaks on feet, legs, or does it mainly cause cold sores?

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Dr. Arnold Lentnek
Dr. Arnold Lentnekanswered
Infectious Disease 54 years experience
No. HSV is a virus: HSV (Herpes simplex VIRUS) is a virus. Antifungal cream won’t help. Often gets better after menopause, with fewer episodes. Mainly causes cold sores. In some very immunocompromised individuals (cancer, organ transplant) it can spread widely over the body, but in the vast majority simply causes cold sores ‘
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