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Spotting the first signs of a herpes outbreak and what to do next

Published : Monday May 16, 2011 | Posted in : Sexual Health
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Ensuring that you keep your immune system strong is vital in keeping HSV2 in its latent state, but sometimes a sporadic outbreak is unavoidable. Dealing with the virus in its first stages can often help you minimise and even avoid an outbreak completely. The first symptoms aren’t usually visible and can start to appear around a day or two before a full-on outbreak and this is usually when it’s best to start using a treatment.

The first symptoms of genital herpes

These initial symptoms can include tenderness around the hip or abdominal area, flu-like symptoms such as aches, muscle pain and fatigue. It’s at this point especially if you’ve had an outbreak before; you may want to consider starting an anti-viral treatment to prevent the outbreak from spreading further.

Can diet also help avoid an outbreak in its early stages?

It’s very important that you speak to your doctor about any dietary changes, vitamins or supplements you intend on taking to support your body’s immune system when an outbreak starts.

There are those that suggest that you should use tonics to boost your immune system if you feel an outbreak coming on and increase your intake of Zinc and Vitamin C, which are both known to be effective at boosting your immune system. However, taking a large amount over a short period of time may not be as effective as you need it to be as your body is only able to absorb a limited amount. Some vitamins may also interact with certain medications.

Adjusting your diet too much to include only certain foods, may potentially make an outbreak less likely but could cause other health problems in the process, so ultimately the key is to try and live as healthily and as balanced as possible and speak to a doctor if you think that an outbreak is on its way.

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