Herpes is a common infection that causes painful sores and fluid-filled lesions on the body. It can spread by getting in direct contact with the infected person by kissing or sharing utensils, straws, etc. Herpes symptoms include core sores, itching, a burning effect, and fever after a few days. Many people with the virus may experience mild to infrequent symptoms that may be hard to detect.
Individuals with the virus need to treat every symptom seriously. It’s best to avoid close physical contact with the people around. Studies have shown that persistent stress can lead to herpes outbreaks more than any other lifestyle factor. The gloomy mood can trigger the reactivation of the virus in both men and women.
The good news is that there are many remedies to relieve the symptoms of herpes. Simple precautions such as avoiding close contact could prevent getting the virus. For those already infected, managing stress in healthy ways may help reduce the frequency of herpes outbreaks.
Here are several ways you can manage stress and anxiety if you have herpes.
Oral medications can help reduce the duration of herpes in an individual—this entails taking herbs with antiviral properties. Studies have shown that several herbs such as lemon balm can heal sores faster and with less scabbing. Drinking tea with antiviral properties of microdose shrooms, chamomile or CBD can help reduce stress and thus the recurrence of herpes.
Performing regular exercises is a great way to relieve stress and deal with a herpes outbreak. Exercising can be the remedy to prevent herpes reactivation by keeping your immune system as healthy as possible. Combining regular activities with eating a healthy diet and getting enough sleep will keep the immune system healthy.
You are likely to handle stress better if you get enough sleep and rest. Adults need at least eight hours of sleep every night to function normally and deal with anxieties. By getting enough sleep, you reduce the risks of triggering herpes recurrence.
A healthy diet should include all the nutrients needed to keep the body healthy. In your diet, have plenty of fruits and vegetables while limiting foods rich in fats and sugars. Also, consider reducing alcohol and caffeine in your diet to stay healthy.
Avoiding stress and anxiety with meditation can help prevent herpes reactivation. A few minutes of meditation and downtime do a lot of good in reducing stress. Relaxation techniques such as yoga or simple activities such as listening to music can be what you need to reduce stress.
Persistent stress may lead to herpes recurrence and trigger its symptoms in individuals with the virus. While herpes is incurable, you can manage it by maintaining a healthy lifestyle and avoiding stress. Fortunately, the condition does not cause severe long-term problems in healthy adults.
Originally posted on Life With Herpes.
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