Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
When can I expect a herpes outbreak?
A: The herpes virus has the devious habit of hiding out deep in the DNA of nerve ganglia, where it remains inactive for months or years. From time to time the virus reactivates, travels down the nerve, and starts an eruption.
Common triggers include stress, dental procedures, infections, and trauma. Flare-ups usually become less severe over time.
You may also try the Traditions of Tao herbal formula “HerpEase”. Of course, discuss with your physician before beginning any new health regime.