Can I Prevent Herpes Outbreaks?

Dear Dr. Tom:

I contracted herpes ten years ago and have about four recurrences a year. Besides watching my diet, physical condition, etc., is there anything I can do medically to prevent the number and severity of recurrences?

Dr. Tom’s Response:

Dear Mishka:

A limited number of prescription drugs are available that have the capability to lessen frequency and severity of herpetic outbreaks. You should consult your personal physician and discuss ongoing medical control of your infection with her/him. These drugs have dosage guidelines and sometimes sequelae that are best judged by a physician’s individual attention.


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