Once caught, viruses of herpes family (Herpesviridae) reside in your body for the rest of your life. Illnesses caused by these viruses include cold sores, shingles, genital herpes, and chicken pox. Although you cannot cure them totally, you can take Acyclovir to reduce their symptoms.
Acyclovir is an antiviral medication. It helps your body to overcome virus outbreaks. Start taking Acyclovir as soon as the first signs appear (e.g., itching or burning). This will allow to decrease formation of new sores and to speed up healing. Acyclovir is also taken to prevent frequent herpes outbreaks and to reduce the risk of virus transmission. In the latter case, infected areas should not come in contact with other people. In case of genital herpes, use safe sex practices and avoid sex during outbreaks.
Acyclovir is a prescription medicine for people with healthy immune system. It can be taken with or without food. Consult your healthcare professional to find out your dosage and possible precautions.