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Recurrent cold sores, Herpes Simplex Virus, Valacyclovir( Valtrex ) okay to give ?

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can I give my 11 year old (78 pounds) valtrex, he has the start of a cold sore (not his first)?
Posted Wed, 16 May 2012 in Child Health
Answered by Dr. Jagdish 1 hour later

Recurrent cold sores ( Valtrex (Valcyclovir) will prevent the shredding the of the virus and makes him less infectious. It also decreases the duration of illness and recurrences. It should be started within 48 hours of outbreak to reduce the duration of sickness.

An antiviral cream or ointment can relieve the burning, itching, or tingling. An antiviral medicine that is oral (pills) or intravenous (shot) can shorten an outbreak of herpes.

Approved treatments include:

Finally you can speak to his Pediatrician if he can prescribe the same.


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