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I sometimes get a herpes breakout on/around my mouth/lips. Is

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Dr. Michelle Gibson James

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Posted on Fri, 28 Dec 2018 in Skin Hair and Nails
Question: I sometimes get a herpes breakout on/around my mouth/lips. Is there any medicine I can take as soon as I feel the flare up to diminish an outbreak? Have been using Abreva, but not as effective as I'd like
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Brief Answer:
oral antivirals would work best

Detailed Answer:
HI, thanks for using healthcare magic

Herpes is a viral infection. The most effective treatments to decrease the intensity and duration of a breakout would be oral anti viral medication.

Though topical meds like abreva can be helpful, the best options for effective treatment would be meds such as acyclovir, valacyclovir or famciclovir.
A prescription would be required to obtain one of these. Your doctor would be able to write one of these for you

If taken as soon as any abnormal sensation occur, there should be a decreased intensity, the rash may still occur but it will resolve faster

I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions
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