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Keep Herpes Outbreaks at Bay with These Tips

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Painful blisters and sores are often caused by a group of viruses called herpes. Herpes simplex virus causes genital herpes and cold sores around the mouth. Herpes zoster is a different kind of virus, which is responsible for causing chicken pox and shingles.

Many patients experience a lot of illness and stress during their holidays. They see more colds, more flu, more depression, and lately, more herpes. The number one cause of herpes is stress. Here are some easy-to-follow tips, which can keep away stress, and as a result, herpes, during your holidays:

Sleep enough. You won’t get stressed as easily if you sleep enough. Since your stress is reduced, so are the chances of a herpes outbreak.

Do not drink excessively. Holidays are meant for celebrating, and, as a result, you may indulge in drinking. But excess of anything is bad, and drinking excessively will make your sleep less peaceful. This may add to your stress.

Control your diet. Holiday cuisine may look inviting and tempting, but it’s not good for your waistline. Unhealthy lifestyle and eating habits decrease your immunity level. You should ensure that you eat a balanced diet that nourishes your body by providing it with all the basic nutrients. This will keep you strong. Do not eat fatty foods during your holiday season.

Exercise regularly. During the holidays, you may exercise less, or completely quit altogether. This mistake could be very costly to you in terms of health and long-term effects, as physical activity relieves a lot of stress. Do something that you enjoy, such as rock climbing, swimming, or running. You should note that shopping for the holiday season doesn’t count as exercise.

Avoid catching colds. Wash your hands often and stay away from people with colds, as colds cause a lot of stress on your body that can be avoided. Stress often triggers an outbreak of herpes.

Stay connected. Recent studies have shown that reconnecting with old friends and connecting with new ones helps relieve stress. So what are you waiting for? Start connecting.

Chill out. It’s not possible for you to execute each and every plan you make. You should aim at managing and enjoying whatever you can in the time you have rather than worrying about what you have not explored.

Get some me time. Ensure that you spend some time alone on your holiday. Read a good book, listen to some music, take a hot bath, and relax. You may also try yoga to relieve yourself of stress.

Think positively. In spite of having herpes, you should not forget to be thankful for and happy about things. Think positively and keep your spirits high. Try to be happy and everything else will fall into place.

Let your hair down during the holidays and enjoy yourself, but don’t overdo anything and ruin it for yourself by causing a herpes outbreak. Holidays are a break from work and daily schedules―not from health.

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