Ah, I like zinc so much I hate to give it a bad name, but it does not do much for herpes. Don’t get me wrong, zinc is part of my regular routine and I believe it has greatly increased my immunity as I rarely get sick. That boosted immune system is a great thing when you are fighting herpes, but taking zinc or placing it on an outbreak won’t help a whole lot.
Most over the counter oral herpes products contain some form of zinc or another. You can put these on your outbreak all you want, but they won’t help as much as the other products.
Placing any over the counter herpes cure, like Abreva, on an outbreak won’t have much effect and you’ll burn through that $20 tube in no time. I’ve also crushed zinc tablets up and made a paste to apply – it didn’t help. And yes, I have tried Zicam (Zinc Gluconate) without any effect.
Again, taking zinc will not have any effect on a Herpes outbreak. It will help boost your immune system and provide men with a healthy prostate, but it won’t stop a herpes outbreak. It may help shorten the cycle simply because you will have an enhanced immune system. Also, taking 50mg of Zinc will make your stomach feel like you want to retch – so make sure you take it with food.