Factors that can cause herpes outbreaks (sorry chocolate addicts!)

causes of herpes outbreaksFor some people with herpes, the lifestyle or dietary habits that can cause an outbreak are easy to pinpoint, for others, it seems there’s nothing in particular that they can pin point that contributes to an outbreak.

Just as the causes of an outbreak vary from person to person, the frequency can vary just as much. Some people are lucky enough to only get an outbreak once or twice a year (some even less), while others, get them every few weeks. (That happened to me before I found the right natural treatment to keep the outbreaks away).

Here’s a quick look at some of the factors that are believed to cause herpes outbreaks:

  • Excessive exposure to sunlight
  • Chocolate, nuts and poor diet
  • Lack of proper rest
  • Menstrual cycle
  • Emotional stress
  • Physical stress or repetitive trauma such as in sexual intercourse
  • Injury
  • Illness accompanied by fever
  • Surgical trauma
  • Steroidal medication such as asthma medication

Stress is a major stimulant of recurrent herpes outbreaks. Typically, important events involving an increased level of activity such as a wedding or graduation can trigger an outbreak, or dealing with problems in relationships etc. While you can’t eliminate the stress in your life, you can decrease the frequency of recurrences by controlling the stress level that you expose yourself to. Getting plenty of rest and leading a balanced life should be at the base of what you do to control herpes outbreaks.

Certain nutrients and vitamins such as beta-carotene, vitamin C & E and zinc can help prevent herpes outbreaks as well. It has been known for some time now that the amino acid lysine can also help to reduce both the frequency and duration of outbreaks. Good sources of lysine are found in foods like margarine, plain yogurt, swiss cheese and other dairy products, whey, papaya and beets.

With my struggle to get very regular herpes outbreaks under control, I found that a proven system of natural treatments was the most effective thing for me – read more about my journey to getting rid of herpes here.

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