Not sure if this is a coincidence

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I was diagnosed with GHSV-1 about 2 years ago. When I was first diagnosed I noticed a very weird feeling in my throat--my glands were enormous. I later find out that I have herpes, and all is good and great with that. =/

I'm wondering if my recurring pharingitis/tonsilitis has ANYTHING to do with my herpes. I have never in my life had issues with my tonsils/throat/anything until now. And the beginning of the tonsil/throat issues was coincidentally at the same time of my diagnosis. Is this just coincidence?

I'm looking into getting my tonsils removed, that's how frequent it has been. Last year was horrendous, back-to-back episodes of pharangitis/golf balls in the back of my throat, and being on Bactrim all the time. Now I'm on it again. I mentioned to my doctor about getting my tonsils out, as this is extremely inconvenient for me (I cannot keep dealing with this throat stuff every so often). I want my tonsils out. But I was wondering if this had any link to herpes. And was also wondering if getting my tonsils out would help at all. Because my patience is running thin.

Any feedback is appreciated.



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its hard to say ,but if your tonsils swell up big i would think that would help. not to say you wouldnt have more episodes but once the tonsils are removed i dont know what else would swell up?

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I'm having a hard time envisioning where exactly the swelling is happening. Are you sure this is your tonsils? It would be typical to get swollen lymph nodes in the neck with an initial outbreak. Also, you can get hsv1 in the back of the mouth / throat area, although I don't think it's common. It's usually more toward the lips/face.

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Hi stephanie, 

I have been diagnosised with HSV-1 and similar to you found that around this time started to get tonsillitis frequently. Just wondering if you ever found out if the 2 things were linked? 

thanks ! 

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Could it simply be that when your immune defenses are a bit low because of stress or whatever, you get an OB but also are at risk for another infection like tonsillitis?  Just a thought.

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yeah maybe not sure, i've had tonsillitis about 6 times in the past year and only one outbreak ever

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