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Can I use a zinc ointment on my herpes outbreak to relive symptoms?
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Dr. Robert Jackson
Dermatology
In brief: YYes
Yes you can. If you want oral treatment see your doctor.

In brief: YYes
Yes you can. If you want oral treatment see your doctor.
Dr. Robert Jackson
Dr. Robert Jackson
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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 Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
Thank
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