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What antiviral is used for primary herpetic gingival stomatitis?

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Anonymous 17 Aug 2010

Hello,

Primary herpetic gingivostomatitis is a highly contagious infection of the oral cavity which is caused by the herpes simplex virus. It is prevalent in children and young adolescents and sometimes can cause uncomfortable symptoms including eating and drinking difficulties and even life-threatening inflammation of the brain (encephalitis).

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Herpetic gingivostomatitis is the most common specific, clinical manifestation of primary herpes simplex type I infection. It is prevalent in the 1-3-year age group. The disease involves the buccal and gingival mucosa, and tongue and lasts approximately 2 weeks. Two recent open studies reported a more rapid regression of symptoms after treatment with acyclovir suspension. Recommendation: acyclovir for the treatment of herpetic gingivostomatitis. Treatment should begin within the first three days of disease onset. The proposed therapeutic dose is 15 mg/kg, 5 times daily for 5 days.

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