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Can stress cause herpes outbreaks?

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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 32 years experience
Stress & Herpes: Stress is the number one cause of herpes outbreaks.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Agree w Dr. Fisher.: Yes- there is a direct association. What do you do to manage your stress? To address stress: talk about feelings ; address problems. Don't avoid them. Aim for 7.5 - 8 hrs of sleep/ night. Daily physical activity is optimal in green space. Eat healthfully. Cut out junk carbs, caffeine ; alcohol (or moderate). Try qi gong, tai chi, acupuncture, acupressure, homeopathy, meditation, yoga ; exercise.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

Could it be my herpes prodromal symptoms that cause me stress or is it my stress that causes me symptoms?

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Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Good question: Stress can cause many different symptoms from fatigue, body aches, restlessness, agitation or depressed mood. Prodromal herpetic symptoms can be similar but may also include fevers or chills.

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