How To Treat Herpes Simplex Pharyngitis

How to treat herpes simplex pharyngitis is becoming a more common question as the prevalence of herpes infection rises. Herpes simplex pharyngitis is an inflammation of the pharynx, the back of the throat, caused by the herpes virus. It can cause throat swelling and soreness, as well as whole body symptoms such as fatigue and loss of appetite. There is no cure for viral types of pharyngitis, but you can treat herpes simplex pharyngitis symptomatically until it goes away.

What you'll need:

  • Salt
  • Multi-vitamin
  1. Gargle with salt water every two to three hours. Salt water will help soothe the throat as well as keep it clean. To do this, mix one teaspoon of salt with six ounces of water. Take a big sip and tilt your head back slightly. This will allow the salt water to reach the inflamed area.
  2. Take a multi-vitamin. The multi-vitamin will help keep your body strong so it can fight off the herpes simplex pharyngitis. A multi-vitamin with a high dose of vitamin C  seems to work best. About 1000 mg of vitamin C is recommended to fight off viral infection, so you may have to take an additional vitamin C supplement to reach that amount.
  3. Rest frequently. When you're resting, your body can better concentrate on fighting off the herpes simplex virus. Make sure to get a full eight hours of sleep every night. It's also a good idea to take at least one nap during the day. When awake, take it easy and avoid any type of activity that requires your body to work hard. Examples would be exercise or heavy cleaning.
  4. Stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water is important in treating herpes simplex pharyngitis. It keeps the cells around your throat moist and boosts general immunity. This lets your body work more efficiently at attacking the infection.


Ibuprofen or acetaminophen can be taken for pain. Follow dosing instructions.


Do not swallow the salt water. It can throw off the electrolyte balance within your body. If some is accidentally swallowed, drink an eight ounce glass of water immediately.

If the herpes simplex pharyngitis infection does not get better within one week, or starts to worsen at any point, see a physician. You may need medical treatment with acyclovir.

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