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Reoccurring herpes outbreaks with autoimmune disease

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Hi everyone, 

I was recently diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. Prior to this I was only getting an outbreak once or twice a year, and now I get then once or twice a month. I’ve started taking antivirals daily for suppression but would like to start supplements to try and calm my immune system and frequent outbreaks. I’m in a relationship with someone who does not have HSV and I would like to keep it that way if possible, but the frequent outbreaks makes it hard to tell when the best time is to even have sex. Any advice on vitamins / supplements to boost my immune system for less frequent outbreaks?

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  • mr_hopp changed the title to Reoccurring herpes outbreaks with autoimmune disease

Hi there @Confusedanddepressed,

Managing herpes alongside an autoimmune disease can indeed be challenging, as the autoimmune condition can complicate your body's ability to suppress the virus, leading to more frequent outbreaks. It's great that you're on daily antivirals for suppression; that's a solid foundation. Now, as for supplements to support your immune system, here's a rundown of what some people find helpful:

  1. Lysine: This amino acid is a favorite in the H community. It competes with arginine (another amino acid) which the herpes virus uses to replicate. Keeping a higher lysine-to-arginine ratio can potentially help reduce outbreak frequency.
  2. Zinc: Known for its immune-boosting properties, zinc can help control outbreaks by bolstering the immune system's response to the herpes virus.
  3. Vitamin C and E: Both are antioxidants that can support immune health. Vitamin C also helps with skin healing, which can be beneficial during an outbreak.
  4. Probiotics: There's some evidence that a healthy gut microbiome can influence overall immune health, so probiotics might be worth considering.
  5. Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Found in fish oil supplements, omega-3s have anti-inflammatory properties that could potentially help with autoimmune issues and overall immune function.

Now, timing for intimacy can be a bit of a guessing game with frequent outbreaks, but the key is communication with your partner and paying close attention to prodrome symptoms (like tingling or itching before an outbreak). That's your cue to avoid contact.

Finally, always chat with your healthcare provider before starting any new supplement, especially considering your autoimmune diagnosis. They can give you the best advice tailored to your particular health picture.

Stay strong, and remember that with some careful management and good communication, you can maintain a healthy relationship without transmitting herpes.

Hang in there and keep us posted!

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Note: This is for informational purposes only. This information does not constitute medical advice or diagnosis.
I'm not a medical professional, so please take this as friendly peer support. 

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Hi @Confusedanddepressed! I’m curious how you physically have been feeling having an autoimmune disease with HSV2 outside of the more frequent outbreaks. I have fibromyalgia/chronic fatigue and after contracting HSV2, my chronic fatigue is worse and I’m always tired. I know it takes time for our immune systems to learn how to deal with the virus but I’m worried that since it is overloaded and working so hard to combat several things, it’s having a harder time suppressing herpes. Just curious what your experience with having an autoimmune + herpes has been. 

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