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Antibiotics possible trigger???

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Im on my 3rd outbreak, just wondering if anyone seems to get any outbreaks after taking antibiotics? when i first was diagnosed i had been on lots of different types of antibiotics as had been ill, my 2nd outbreak was just very minor, this 3rd one i had been on antibiotics for a couple of days then started with the outbreak, not sure whether its a coincidence but 2 out of 3 seems like maybe not

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Well the antibiotics may not be the direct cause but the reason why you are taking them probably are. If you have bacteria in your body that require medications that means your immune system is also busy fighting the bugs. So why your immune system is busy fighting that, other things like the herpes virus can raise their ugly heads. That is why a lot of people get flu symptoms when they have an outbreak. The virus is busy fighting the herpes virus and the flu virus pops up.

Come to the "Chat Room", there you will find many nice fellow Herpsters who can offer you their support.

Good luck!


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When I first got HSV three months ago the doctor misdiagnosed me with a bacterial infection and gave me antibiotics. At that point I had no lesions but it burned to pee and there was a discharge. I was also in a foreign country (Germany). About 36 hours after starting the antibiotics I noticed three lesions. I was not able to get to the doctor for another 4 days, by which point the three lesions had multiplied. I took the whole ten-day course of antibiotics because I have heard that it is a bad idea to stop antibiotics once you've started. Since then I have had lots of irritating prodrome symptoms and two mild outbreaks but nothing like that first one. I wonder sometimes if the antibiotics made my first outbreak worse than it would have been otherwise.

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