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Can I take lysine to decrease my herpes outbreak?
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Dr. Erine Kupetsky
Family Medicine
In brief: Yes
Lysine can be helpful in some people.
I usually recommend oral antiviral therapy for prophylaxis if outbreaks are >4/year.

In brief: Yes
Lysine can be helpful in some people.
I usually recommend oral antiviral therapy for prophylaxis if outbreaks are >4/year.
Dr. Erine Kupetsky
Dr. Erine Kupetsky
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
In brief: Maybe yes; unproven
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.

In brief: Maybe yes; unproven
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 Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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