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Herpes and spicy food

I know this is a somewhat crazy question--but given that diet seems to be important in managing herpes outbreaks, does anyone know if spicy food (more specifically digesting capsaicin, the chemical that makes food spicy)  has either a positive or negative effect on frequency, duration, or pain of outbreaks?
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Actually when it comes to genital herpes, diet doesn't seem to have much correlation at all. Oral herpes can be triggered by acidic foods or spicey foods but no such known correlation between those foods and genital herpes.

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I feel like I've read a lot about lysine and arginine levels in food as possible triggers in herpes outbreaks.  Is that just anecdotal or does that apply only to oral herpes?
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The lysine/arginine theory never panned out outside of the petri dish.  Pick better resources to learn about herpes at.

Look at it this way - if the vast majority of folks who have genital herpes have no idea they have it until tested, do you think they are doing anything differently than those of us who do have obvious lesions?  I think not.

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