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What conditions causes outbreaks of herpes?

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For many people with herpes, outbreaks can be brought on by the following conditions:

  • General illness (from mild illnesses to serious conditions)
  • Fatigue
  • Physical or emotional stress
  • A weakened immune system due to AIDS or medications such as chemotherapy or steroids
  • Trauma to the affected area, including sex, medical treatments, or sunburn
  • Menstruation

From: Skin and Herpes Simplex Viruses WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCE: MerckManuals.com: "Herpes Simplex Virus Infections."

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on August 27, 2019

SOURCE: MerckManuals.com: "Herpes Simplex Virus Infections."

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on August 27, 2019

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