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Should you take medication for herpes simplex virus 1?
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Dr. Stephen Friedman
Dermatology
In brief: How Severe?
Most cases of herpes simplex i will resolve within a few days without treatment.
Routine use of a broad spectrum sunscreen will help prevent and reduce the frequency of episodes. If the blisters are numerous with discomfort, an oral antiviral drug may be prescribed (valacyclovir, acyclovir, famciclovir).

In brief: How Severe?
Most cases of herpes simplex i will resolve within a few days without treatment.
Routine use of a broad spectrum sunscreen will help prevent and reduce the frequency of episodes. If the blisters are numerous with discomfort, an oral antiviral drug may be prescribed (valacyclovir, acyclovir, famciclovir).
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