I was diagnosed with gen. herpes about 6 months ago.. a few days ago i had an out break and for the first time they were not down below.. they were on my face.. how embarrassing to have to go out in public.. a few people I know jokingly said I had herpes (not knowing that I actually did).. I told everybody it was a rash or an allergic reaction.. anyways I had to find something fast.. to make them go away.. I tried toothpaste when they first showed up(VERY BAD IDEA) .. It made them feel better but it also made them worse because the toothpaste held in moisture.. so then I tried Bactine.. It didn't seem to be doing anything.. but it didn't make it worse either.. Finally, I tried calamine lotion.. THIS WAS THE BEST IDEA EVER!! almost right away I saw a major difference.. I use the calamine lotion skin protectant.. not the itch relief kind because the skin protectant is more potent.. the Calamine lotion dries the soars out almost instantly!! on the bottle it says "Helps dry the oozing and weeping of poison ivy, and poison oak".. so I thought id give it a try and it helped me tremendously! but I am unsure of what to do after they are dried... as for now i am still using the calamine lotion..