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i need to know which medicines or creams do you think is best to treat oral hsv1?

do you use them everyday or just when you know an OB is on the way?


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Prevention is always best - I found that the B vitamins are very important, along with zinc. I supplement, but only because I find it difficult to include enough of them through food. Some take lysine on a daily basis. I take it only when I have been eating a lot of arginine-rich foods (check here if you need more info about this).

If I feel an outbreak coming on, I try to use some mild heat therapy - I take a thermometer and adjust running water to be about 58 degrees C, then wash my lips under it for a few minutes (in 30s intervals, 1min break). There are special devices out there that supposedly have a much more controlled application of heat therapy, such as Herpotherm (http://www.herpotherm.co.nz/).

After heat therapy, I apply Abreva as indicated on the packaging. I've found that it actually has a negative effect if you use it on open sores - so you might want to avoid it if the outbreak gets to that point.

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