If appropriate, we can prescribe either and will help you decide which is best for you and fits your lifestyle.

There are two main strategies to control herpes simplex virus (HSV) outbreaks. One strategy is to take an antiviral medicine every day that helps prevent the virus from multiplying and prevents outbreaks.

Another strategy is to wait until you notice the very first symptoms (often tingling or pain) in the area and then take a higher dose of antiviral medicine to shut down that outbreak.

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