ZocdocAnswersIs there a permanent cure for oral herpes?

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Is there a permanent cure for oral herpes?

Is there a permanent cure for oral herpes

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I would suggest that you schedule an appointment with her primary care physician for more information. Unfortunately, there is no permanent cure for any type of herpes infection. This is because the herpesvirus is able to live dormant inside our nerve cells. With people that have normal immune systems, the herpesviruses kept at bay. It is not allowed to break out of the nerve cell bodies where lives. This is the reason why people that are healthy and have been infected with herpes virus are asymptomatic most of the time. During times of stress or during times when our immune system is knocked down, the herpes viruses are sometimes allowed to sneak out of these neurons and head towards the skin where they can cause sores that can be painful and burn. The burning sensation is due to irritation of the nerve where the herpes virus lives. The good news is is that we do have medications that work well to inhibit the viral replication. Medications such as acyclovir and Valacyclovir are helpful in reducing the frequency of herpes outbreaks and also limiting the duration of herpes outbreaks that occur well off the medication. To discuss this issue further, I would suggest that you schedule an appointment with her primary care physician. This is the doctor that can prescribe you a medication if it is warranted in your situation.

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