As soon as I start to feel the beginning of herpes in my lip, I smear it with turpentine balm 20 or 30% (this is cedar oil, in which the resin is dissolved). He removes all pre-herpes suspicions. The product is completely natural. Sold in pharmacies and eco-markets. Price 350-500 rubles. 100 ml.
Acyclovir ointment is enough. Any antiviral ointment whose spectrum of action includes HPV (herpes simplex virus). The pharmacy will recommend a lot.
Why ointment? Because systemic drugs in the form of tablets and other things have a lot of unwanted effects that will certainly and necessarily affect the body to one degree or another, depending on the characteristics of the organism.
The ointment acts locally, helping to cope with the disease and not causing a systemic effect (as well as unwanted effects).
However, this is only regarding this case.
In turn, genital herpes, shingles are more serious diseases and their treatment tactics are completely different, so you should not recommend it (as everyone loves it very much do) to your friends if herpes is localized, for example, not on the face.