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Five Top Triggers of a Herpes Outbreak

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If you’re among the 80 percent of Americas who have the herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV1), you know that an outbreak can be painful and embarrassing. Also known as a fever blister, the tell-tale mark of an HSV1 outbreak is a blister or cluster of blisters around the mouth. They can break open and ooze, forming painful sores and unsightly scabs. To help keep outbreaks at a minimum, New Jersey-based Metropolitan Dermatology recommends avoiding these common triggers:

  1. Stress: High levels or extended periods of stress are by far the top cause of HSV1 outbreaks. Stress prompts changes in the body’s internal chemistry, kicking up production of the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisone. This can do a real number on your immune system. Get plenty of exercise and sleep and make time for relaxing activities like yoga, walks in the park or outings with friends.
  2. Fever: When you have a fever, your body is under a higher level of physical stress. This, plus changes in the core body temperature, can trigger an outbreak – Thus the term “fever blister.”
  3. Unhealthy diet: Another knock to your immune system is a diet that’s lacking in essential nutrients. Make sure you eat a healthy diet that’s high in fiber, low in sugar and includes each of the basic food groups. If needed, take a high-quality multi-vitamin supplement.
  4. Environmental toxins: Another reason for making sure your body gets all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients it needs is to fend off negative effects of toxic chemicals that enter our bodies via food, water and air daily. An accumulation of these chemicals in the fatty tissues can compromise your immune system. Your body will respond by detoxifying itself and if it doesn’t have the nutrients it needs, it can prompt an outbreak.
  5. Sun exposure: A study by the National Institutes of Health revealed that exposure to the sun’s UV rays can activate HSV1, but experts still are unsure how or why. Wear a high SPF moisturizer every day.

The bad news is that there is no cure for herpes. The good news is that symptoms are easily managed with medication, warm compresses and a healthy lifestyle. If you’re experiencing symptoms of herpes, visit your nearest Metropolitan Dermatology location in Clark, Kearny, Teaneck or Staten Island.

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