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Is Neosporin effective in treatment of herpes sores?

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Posted on Tue, 5 Aug 2014 in Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Question: Is it possible to treat herpes sores with Neosporin?
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No...

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Hi

Herpes sores are caused by herpes virus infection. It is a viral infection which needs anti-viral cream.

Neosporin is containing antibiotic cream, which is used to treat bacterial infections and not viral infections.

If a herpes sore is co-infected with bacteria and won't heal after using anti-viral cream, then, can use Neosporin to treat the bacterial co-infection. This is happening rarely. Usually, herpes sores do get better after using anti-viral cream (can find at over the counter).

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