It is an amazing fact that most people who have herpes do not even realize they are infected. Many are surprised when they get their first herpes outbreak.
This usually happens about two weeks after infection, so some do not even realize where they got herpes.
The worst part of it is that once an outbreak occurs, they lesions may not heal until two to four weeks. It can be very discouraging to not know you have herpes, and then have to deal with a very sore area for the better part of a month.
Even when your herpes outbreak goes away, there is a very big chance that it will return at some point in your life. It is important for you to understand what the triggers are so that you can avoid them as much as possible.
One trigger is stress. If you’re having a tough time at home or work, you are a lot more likely to get an outbreak. Another unfortunate trigger is illness. Not only will you be feeling poorly because you are sick, you are more likely to get an uncomfortable out breaks.
There are other triggers that you can control more easily. Poor nutrition is one. When you’re not eating properly your body cannot function at its best. This leads to an outbreak, among other problems.
Vigorous sex is another trigger that you can easily control. Take extra measures to make sure you are doing noting to damage the area. You also need take special preventative measures here to be sure you don’t pass the herpes virus along to your partner or spouse.
There are also signs that let you know a virus is coming. If you start to feel a burning, tingling or itchy feeling, chances are you are starting to develop a herpes outbreak. Some people immediately develop blisters. Others start to get a fever and chills.
It is a slightly comforting fact that your first outbreak will probably be your worse. If you keep it in your mind that you won’t have to deal with such a severe outbreak in the future, it may make it slightly easier for you to manage.
If you have gotten your first herpes outbreak you will probably have the disease for your lifetime unless they find a cure. The best thing for you to do is learn what triggers outbreaks for you, and the signs that one is coming on. With some careful planning, you can manage your outbreaks.