There are topical antivirals available that can be used to treat Herpes Simplex Keratitis (ocular herpes caused by HSV-1 and rarely HSV-2) and cold sores caused by HSV-1 (herpes labialis). These come in ointments that can be used for cold sores and solutions and gels that can be used Herpes Simplex Keratitis. Topical therapy is considered first line therapy for Herpes Simplex Keratitis, but not for cold sores. Topical therapies come in the following forms:
- Ganciclovir ophthalmic gel (Zirgan) for the treatment of Herpes Simplex Keratitis
- Trifluride ophthalmic solution (Viroptic) for the treatment of Herpes Simplex Keratitis
- Acyclovir topical (cream and ointment) for the treatment of recurrent cold sores
- Penciclovir topical (Denavir) for the treatment of recurrent cold sores
This information is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice. If you have any questions or concerns, please talk to your doctor.