I'm not a huge fan of taking drugs when I don't really need them (I've only taken valcyclovir like three times since I was diagnosed almost three years ago and honestly, it didn't do a whole heck of a lot) and I've been on the lookout for ways to prevent/treat naturally. I tried lysine as a preventative in the past but felt it wasn't worth choking down the giant horse pills because it didn't reduce the frequency of my outbreaks.
This past Sunday afternoon I felt a sore starting, and by the time I got home that night it had already formed a small bump. The moment I got home I popped 2000mg of lysine and put some extra virgin coconut oil on the sore. I kept up with the lysine every day and put coconut oil on and around the sore every single time I went to the bathroom from Sunday night to today. The sore is almost completely gone (it looks like it will be totally gone tomorrow). This means that it healed about four days faster than with valcyclovir or with no treatment! I'm so super thrilled right now that I just had to share in case it helped out someone else!
ETA: I should point out that the choice of coconut oil was not arbitrary. I've read some research (though it seemed of dubious integrity) that said coconut oil has anti-viral properties. As I already had some hanging around for lube/skin protection, I figured it was worth a shot!