Genital herpes is a chronic condition for which there is no cure. It goes through periods of remissions and flare-ups, though flare-ups tend to be most common in the first few years of infection and then wane. Controlling flare-ups is central to managing herpes. Knowing your triggers will help you keep flare-ups at bay.
Not everyone with herpes has outbreak triggers, and what triggers a flare-up in one person may not affect someone else. However, there are some common things that tend to lead to outbreaks, including emotional stress, fatigue, and infections like the flu. Sometimes, a new sex partner or irritation in the genital area can cause herpes to flare-up. Some women experience symptoms during menstruation. If you have a condition that weakens the immune system, like HIV, then you may be more prone to outbreaks.
The doctors at Washington Surgi-Clinic can diagnose herpes and help you learn to control it. Although there is no cure, there are medications that can reduce your discomfort. If you think you have herpes or another STD, make an appointment at our DC women’s clinic by calling (202) 659-9403.