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Ferritin Levels and HSV Outbreaks

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sally51

Does anyone have any experience/knowledge regarding the role of iron in herpes outbreaks? I saw some articles online stating that people with low ferritin (storage iron) levels tend to have a high frequency of outbreaks: http://ezinearticles.com/?How-Iron-Helps-Reduce-Herpes-and-Cold-Sore-Outbreaks&id=6003440

I have very frequent outbreaks and recently incidentally discovered that my ferritin is very low. I have begun iron supplementation and am curious to find out whether this will make any difference.

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Good info as well - http://www.livestrong.com/article/276483-iron-cold-sores/

People with low iron levels who suffer from cold sores may benefit from taking iron supplements. In the May 2000 edition of the "European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases," oral surgeon Amanda Willis reported that a 325 mg dose of the iron supplement ferrous sulphate, taken three times per day, reduced the incidence of cold sores by nearly 400 percent among 10 people who had low iron stores prior to taking the supplements. Since there's no evidence that iron supplements have any effect on cold sores in people with normal iron levels, people who consider taking iron for cold sores should talk to their doctors about a blood test called ferritin.

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peterrogers8888

I have not investigated the connection but....I too have low ferritin and get frequent/constant outbreaks.

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