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Triggers for outbreaks

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Has anyone noticed specific foods that trigger outbreaks? I know everyone is different and not everyone reacts to the same thing, but I know there are certain foods high in arginine that could potentially cause the virus to be active like nuts, seeds, chocolate, etc. would be curious to know what people have noticed trigger their outbreaks most. 

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It's true, everyone's experience can be unique. Some folks do report that certain foods high in arginine like nuts, seeds, or chocolate can set off their herpes symptoms, but it's not a universal rule. A lot of people swear by taking Lysine supplements and eating foods high in Lysine, but I personally haven't seen any benefit.

The key is to pay attention to your own body. If you notice that certain foods seem to coincide with outbreaks, it might be worth experimenting with your diet to see if avoiding them helps. Remember, stress and other factors can also play a role in triggering outbreaks.

Don't stress too much about it though. Try keeping a food journal, and if you're worried about specific foods, try reducing them gradually and see how it goes. But also, enjoy life and the foods you love! Balance is everything. 😊


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On 1/10/2024 at 4:00 PM, AlliKat12 said:


I have not noticed any types of foods that are triggers for outbreaks.  I know some people on here have said in the past that junk food or chocolate can trigger them but like you said, everyone is different. 

Same here - I didn't notice any particular food triggering an outbreak. Unfortunately, I suffer from migraines as well but foods don't trigger them either. I think anything that causes stress to your system, be it junk food, stress itself or sleeplessness will cause an outbreak. 

Apart from stress, I've noticed that too much friction may cause an outbreak or may cause them to become more visible. 

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