Herpes Simplex Virus spreads with cold sores on the mouth and lips with Type 1 symptoms and on the genitals with Type 2 symptoms. The first attack of the virus makes the blisters to appear that turn into sores. When it enters the body the first time, the virus attaches itself in your body chronically and settles down in the nerve centers in the ganglia area at the base of the brain. It stays there is a dormant form until it is re-activated. The outbreak is accompanied by symptoms such as blisters and sores that are quite painful.
What Triggers a Herpes Outbreak?
There are various factors that can trigger a herpes outbreak:
- Ultraviolet rays of the sun.
- Hormonal changes, especially during severe menstruation cycles.
- Weakness in the body’s immune system.
- Severe Trauma or Surgery
- Intense friction during sexual intercourse brings on the symptoms of an outbreak, accompanied by irritation.
- Extreme physical stress that brings severe fatigue.
- Emotional stress that involves anxiety.
- Immune suppression that can be brought about by other viral infections or steroidal medications.
- Excessive sweating or irritation in the groin area while riding bikes or wearing tight pants.
- Excessive consumption of alcohol.
- Hormonal Fluctuations
- Taking an L-arginine rich diet – almonds, cashews and walnuts.
Factors that lead to an outbreak may not be the same for everyone. Physicians are not sure about any particular lifestyle that may cause an outbreak of the virus. Doctors are not sure about how the outbreak can be triggered and reactivated but certain studies have concluded that skin trauma and extreme stress can result in an outbreak.