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Can Anxiety Cause STD Symptoms?

by
author image Julia Bodeeb
Julia Bodeeb started online writing in 2007. She also worked on staff in medical publishing for more than a decade as a reporter, managing editor and in book acquisitions. She won a Pulitzer Center Global Issues/Citizen Voices Award in 2008. Bodeeb has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Monmouth University and postgraduate credits in psychology and law.
Can Anxiety Cause STD Symptoms?
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Anxiety impacts the body in many ways. With ongoing anxiety, the immune system may lose its full power and disease symptoms may arise. The body is prone to react poorly when too much stress arises in a short period or lasts for extended periods. Anxiety and stress may arise from sources such as working too many hours, poor diet, lack of adequate sleep, chaos in the personal life, too much change in life, financial troubles, relationship issues and many other causes. Numerous STDs such as herpes, human papillomavirus infection and HIV infection may be dormant in the body; when a stressful period occurs, the immune system may falter and lose the ability to protect the body from active symptoms of these sexually transmitted diseases.

Handling Symptoms of STDs

From a cold sore that arises on a lip to a rash of blisters or sores on the genitals, STD symptoms often arise during times of stress. Other symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases may include warts on the genitals, itching on the genitals, unusual discharge and pain in the pelvic region. It is crucial to get medical attention when symptoms arise. Also ask the doctor how to handle the typical stresses of life and also how to handle the additional stress of an STD flareup. Research activities like meditation and exercise that may help to decrease stress. Focus on the priorities in life to keep in control and avoid unnecessary stress.

Enjoy Nature to Decrease Stress

When a stressful period arises, act to decrease stress and anxiety levels. Getting outside for some exercise is a great way to combat stress. The mind and the body calm down when in the midst of nature. Once the brain focuses on the aspects of nature, stressful thoughts tend to abate and calm arrives. With regular exercise the immune system is strengthened. Thus when stressful times arise, the body is prepared to handle them and may be able to quell any disease symptoms that arise. Work to prevent flareups of STD symptoms by using time in nature to decrease stress levels and help the body stay strong and healthy.

Types of Anxiety

There are many situations that may cause anxiety and stress. Learn what situations make you feel stressed and out of control. If negativity is stressful to you, avoid gathering spots such as the staff room where people constantly complain if you are already feeling stressed. If working long hours adds to your stress, learn to delegate more and how to break work duties into priorities and do the essential tasks first and figure out what work could be done later at home rather than logging endless hours in the office. Make controlling anxiety a priority so the body stays calm and STD symptoms do not flare up.

Avoid Negativity

Focus on the positive aspects to keep the immune system strong and your mood happy. STD symptoms may flare when life becomes overwhelming; thus work hard to keep life calm and to focus on the positive rather than the negative aspects of life. Also avoid spending time with people who spread negativity and toxic gossip. Focus on your goals and being positive and do not allow stress or anxiety to overwhelm you to the point that your overall health suffers or a flare up of STD symptoms arises.

Exercise Regularly

Regular exercise calms the body and helps remove toxins from the body. Exercise also leads to better sleep habits; deep slumber is one after effect of a good workout. The body benefits greatly when exercise is part of a health regimen. Exercise lessens anxiety. It is hard to feel anxious when one is exercising, breathing deeply and engaged in the act of moving the muscles in the body. Anxiety disappears as one settles into an exercise regimen. Thus exercise may also work to decrease the frequency of anxiety related STD occurrences.

Time Frame to Lessen Anxiety

Expect anxiety levels to lessen after about six months of implementing a healthier and more exercise focused lifestyle. When one feels better, it is harder for anxiety to take hold of the mind. Gradually, as anxiety levels decrease, the severity or frequency of STD symptoms or attacks may decrease, too.

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