How to identify and avoid herpes triggers
It is a good idea to keep a diary to identify what could be triggering your outbreaks of herpes. Noting any patterns in what you eat, your lifestyle (for example if you’re not getting enough sleep or are under stress), sexual activity and so on can help you to identify anything that might be contributing to outbreaks of the virus.
Good self-care is essential to a healthy life, but can be extra important in avoiding herpes triggers. Making sure that you takes steps including that you get enough sleep, minimise stress, eat a balanced diet, and avoid over-exposure to the sun and/or sunbeds, can all help you to identify and avoid the things that may be triggering recurrences of herpes. Improving your physical and emotional well being helps to support your immune system, which in turn keeps you stronger and healthier and less prone to recurrences of herpes outbreaks.
Many sufferers find that it’s the first outbreak of herpes that is the worst. Recurrences tend to reduce in severity and frequency over time.
Triggers for herpes vary from person to person. If you think that something may be triggering a recurrence of genital herpes, speak to your doctor.