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Is There an Over the Counter Treatment for Herpes?

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To relieve the most annoying and painful symptoms it might be helpful to take an over the counter pain reliever such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Although most FDA approved medications to treat herpes are sold with prescription only there many over the counter options for treatment and relief of symptoms. Most are herbal extracts and nutritional supplements whose effectiveness has not gone through rigorous study. Echinacea extract or propolis, a waxy substance made by bees, may enhance healing of herpes lesions. Research has also suggested that Prunella vulgaris and Rozitescaperata and herb and mushroom respectively, contain chemicals that fight herpes infections.

Note: This article is not medical advice. Please consult your doctor for your specific condition.