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Common triggers

Once you have experienced a few outbreaks, you may be able to identify lifestyle factors which trigger another outbreak.

These triggers vary from person to person, however stress is one that is commonly reported. Other factors believed to trigger a genital herpes outbreak include menstruation, illness, sex and feeling run down, perhaps due to a lack of sleep.

While you may be able to control some of these triggers, you probably won’t be able to completely eliminate them from your life.

For this reason it is important to maintain a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle, to better manage stress and avoid getting run down. Most importantly though, speak to your doctor and develop an ongoing management plan to help reduce future outbreaks.