I have had herpes for a little over 5 years now, I am almost 26 years old, female, and totally embarrassed when I have an outbreak. I refuse to go to classes and will make up an excuse not to go to work so people cant see what my face looks like. Yes, it's horrible and but I have made due with it since I believe it is karmatic debt I am paying for some of my younger years when I was not a very nice person. I know what my triggers are and if there is anyone out there who is suffering and cant figure out why they keep breaking out, I'll hand out some advice.
Food is medicine! I could almost say herpes has changed me for the better since I live such a healthier lifestyle than I did before.
Realize that you need to change your eating habits, eat super clean, watch your lysine to arginine ratio.
For example I eat a vegan diet, breakfast consists of oats and a 5 banana smoothie, lunch is quinoa and lentils, dinner is either acorn squash or some starchy meal like potatoes or yams with black beans and greens.
When I do get an outbreak its usually from stress eating in the middle of the night, peanut butter is my kryptonite.
DONT EAT PEANUT BUTTER
For treatment I use Oregano and Meleleuca essential oil in my water for internal use or dab a small amount with coconut oil on the affected area. I also rub oregano with coconut oil on the back of neck since the nerves that run into my face stem from my spinal cord.
I do hope this helps someone suffering...
I started practicing yoga one year ago and I can say that breathing exercises have helped wonders. Don't sweat the small stuff.