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What conditions can lead to attacks of the herpes simplex virus?

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For many people with the herpes virus, which can go through periods of being dormant, attacks (or outbreaks) can be brought on by the following conditions:

  • General illness (from mild illnesses to serious conditions)
  • Fatigue
  • Physical or emotional stress
  • Immunosuppression due to AIDS or such medications as chemotherapy or steroids
  • Trauma to the affected area, including sexual activity
  • Menstruation

From: Herpes Simplex Virus: HSV-1 & HSV-2 WebMD Medical Reference

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Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 09, 2018

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CDC.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 09, 2018

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