I have Lupus and Herpes Simplex 1. I've had an outbreak twice in my life. Once when I was a kid and again almost 2 years ago. Terrible cold sores. I was prescribed Valtrex and an ointment. I forgot the name of the ointment. I still get pains sometimes on the right side of my face where the herpes broke out a year ago, but no sores since about two years ago. I hope this helps. Take care.