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How do I prevent viral herpes from recurring?

Q: I am a 43 years old male suffering from viral herpes. What should I apply on the red and itchy ulcers on my body? How can I prevent the recurrence of this disease?

A:Infection with herpes simplex virus is a life long infection. Recurrences will occur whenever the body resistance goes down. It can also be triggered by other factors like minor trauma, ultra violet radiation, emotional stress, etc. Therefore to avoid or minimize recurrences, lead a healthy lifestyle. In most mild cases, topical application of acyclovir should be enough.

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