05 Jun Stress and Herpes
Anyone infected with HSV recognizes the clear connection between stress and herpes outbreaks. High intensity situations, both good and bad, can activate lesions and they seem to have a larger impact than any other lifestyle factor. Anxiety and stress have a negative effect on the immune system and make it harder for the body to fight off infections. Taking a stress reliever as part of your herpes treatment can significantly improve the body’s ability to heal current blisters as well as prevent future outbreaks.
The best herpes treatment incorporates antivirals with a stress reliever to attack HSV from multiple angles.
Stress and Herpes: What’s the Connection?
“Stress can cause an outbreak of genital herpes in people who have already acquired the virus.
Nigel Scott, information officer at the Herpes Viruses Association, said that anything which could cause the immune system to be impaired could trigger an outbreak.
He explained that often people become anxious when they have contracted genital herpes and this stress itself is enough to cause symptoms to become apparent.
Those who have acquired the herpes simplex virus were told that anti-viral drugs work well.
“They work better as a preventative – whatever treatment you have, once you’ve got the symptoms it’s going to take a few days,” stated Mr Scott.
He said that when people get a warning sign such as an itch or tickle was the most effective time to try any treatments to prevent an outbreak.”
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