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ITP & Herpes 9 years 11 months ago #3498

  • SamIAm
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Am I the only one with both? In trying to find any possible underlying causes, my hematologist suggested that the HSV virus may be the culprit behind the thrombocytopenia. I don't know how I feel about that. In addition, the virus limits my options for treatment- steroids are out due to the possibility of causing a massive outbreak. And I can no longer take Valtrex because it causes thrombocytopenia. Arg!
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Re: ITP & Herpes 9 years 11 months ago #3500

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Well, any virus can trigger ITP, that part is true. Sadly, there isn't anything you can do about it.

I don't know that I'd write Valtrex off. Just because it can cause thrombocytopenia does not mean that it will make things worse for you. Antibiotics can do that also, as can any drug.

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Re: ITP & Herpes 8 years 7 months ago #17843

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SamIAm, you are not alone- though i hope you've found that out by now! I was just diagnosed with HSV2, and my counts definitely reflect it. It's nice to see i'm not the only soul dealing with HSV and ITP together, and i hope you've had successfull treament of both! My Nurse Practitioner put me on Valacyclovir [Valtrex], i haven't seen a problem yet! Might as well treat the HSV so that your counts stay up, right? :)
at any rate, good luck, and i hope things are going better for you!!
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Re: ITP & Herpes 8 years 6 months ago #18151

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My partner has been diagnosed with itp in 2010 and the HSv2 this Monday. She is going to see her doctor tomorrow as she is very week. I hope she is gonna be alright.

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ITP & Herpes 2 months 5 days ago #68412

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You just answered a few questions for me. I wondered whether there was a link between HSV2 and ITP. I was vaccinated for Hep b the same year through work and thought that was the cause of my ITP. And every time I'm prescribed prednisone I have a problems. You're not alone. It's a lot to digest right now but i'l come back to this thread again.
Take care, x

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