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can i use a zinc ointment on my herpes outbreak to relive symptoms?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
May or may not help: There are some non-medical "treatments" such as lysine that may lower the frequency of outbreaks, and some over-the-counter medications that can help with healing of cold sores. There are usually only a handful of research studies on each product, which doesn't mean much in the medical world. A patient can collect information and visit his doctor to see if any of the "treatments" are worth trying.
Dr. Robert Jackson
Dermatology 43 years experience
YYes: Yes you can. If you want oral treatment see your doctor.

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