Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Herpes Simplex Type 1 Home Care

Home treatment for herpes gingivostomatitis includes:

Herpes Simplex Type 1 Pain and Fever Adults

Medications commonly used to control pain and fever in adults with herpes gingivostomatitis include:

  • Acetaminophen decreases fever and pain, but does not help inflammation.
  • Adult dosing is 2 regular strength (325 mg) every 4 hours or 2 extra-strength (500 mg) every 6 hours.
  • Maximum dose is 4,000 mg per day.
  • Avoid this drug if you have alcoholism, liver disease or an allergy to the drug. See the package instructions.
  • Common brand names include Tylenol, Panadol, and many others.





NSAID Precautions

Herpes Simplex Type 1 Pain and Fever Children

Common medications used at home for pain and fever in children with herpes gingivostomatitis include:

Aspirin and most of the other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) are not used in children except under a doctor's care.

  • Acetaminophen decreases fever and pain, but does not help inflammation.
  • Dosing is 10-15 mg per kilogram (5-7 mg per pound) of body weight every 4-6 hours, up to the adult dose.
  • Do not exceed the maximum daily dose.
  • Acetaminophen products come in various strengths. Always follow the package instructions.
  • Avoid this drug in children with liver disease or an allergy to acetaminophen.
  • Common acetaminophen products include Tylenol, Panadol and many others.



Herpes Simplex Type 1 Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have herpes gingivostomatitis and any of the following:

Continue to Herpes Simplex Type 1 Prevention

Last Updated: Mar 3, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Herpes Simplex Type 1 References
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