Here is an example of a topical prescription creams to treat herpes outbreaks:The prescription herpes medication Zovirax (acyclovir) is available in cream form. Zovirax cream should be applied to the skin as soon as an outbreak is detected. The cream is absorbed by HSV-infected cells, and only becomes active when in contact with herpes simplex DNA. To prevent the virus from transmitting itself onto the fingers the use of latex gloves is recommended when applying Zovirax. Pregnant or nursing women should restrict their use of Zovirax cream. Doctors suggest Zovirax cream only to treat very severe herpes outbreaks.Here is an example of a topical non prescription liquid to treat herpes outbreaks:Dynamiclear is a sulphate based solution which contains copper as a trace metal in an aqueous, odorless herbal base. It is applied only once during an outbreak to the open herpes lesion. The herpes virus is killed on contact. Some herpes virus particles do remain and retreat back into the nervous system, but the viral count is much reduced. If another outbreak does occurs, repeat the process. Many people never experience another outbreak, or the outbreaks are less frequent and less severe.