While Vaseline may help soothe the dry and itchy skin around a herpes outbreak, it is not recommended as a treatment for the herpes virus itself.
Herpes is a viral infection that causes painful, fluid-filled blisters on the skin or mucous membranes, and it is caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). While there is no cure for herpes, antiviral medications can be used to manage outbreaks and reduce the frequency and severity of symptoms.
If you have herpes, it is important to talk to your healthcare provider about the best course of treatment for your individual situation. They may prescribe antiviral medications, recommend over-the-counter creams or ointments, or suggest other treatments to help manage your symptoms and prevent the spread of the virus to others.