I have been applying coconut oil (made by spectrum essentials) topically every day as a preventative approach with success. I have also had recent success at the beginning of an outbreak, when it was merely a little swollen and itchy with no blisters. I applied coconut oil to this daily and it prevented the outbreak from growing. It was completely healed within a few days. :)
There seems to be some confusion in this forum as to why this is effective for some. This is because of a chemical in coconuts called MONOLAURIN which is a very powerful anti-viral-bacterial-fungal.
For people with success with the oil, I would recommend using the oil topically only and taking pure LAURICIDIN for the internal dosage. After all, the lysine-arginine balance in coconut is not in our favor. Also, the Lauricidin product is 95% pure Monolaurin and purities lower than this have not proven to be nearly as effective as an anti-viral treatment. And also, you obviously avoid the arginine entirely when you are taking pure monolaurin. To use the oil itself for both topical AND oral use, you may be giving yourself a dose of L-Arginine which can put you over the edge, especially if your body is already close to it's threshold.
And if I may add, making a statement of: This works, That works, is a bit irresponsible. All we can all say is THIS HAS WORKED FOR ME. Everyone is different and some treatments which are effective for some cause horrible results for others(!)