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Description: Using a water based lubricant can help reduce irritation that can trigger a herpes episode. To know more about tripping herpes triggers, watch this informative video.
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Once genital herpes is contracted it lives in the body forever—often lying dormant—but it can become activated by certain triggers. While everyone’s triggers vary, there are some common experiences that make herpes flare-up in many people. For example, some find that the friction of sex irritates the genital skin and brings on symptoms. Using a water-based lubricant can help reduce this irritation, but DON’T use one that contains the spermacide nonoxynol-9. This ingredient can irritate mucous membranes, such as the lining of the vagina, making symptoms worse. In addition, some people find that hormonal changes, such as those that occur during the menstrual cycle, can trigger outbreaks. And one of the most universal causes of herpes flare-ups is a weakened immune system, like in people suffering from colds.