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   Posted 5/24/2007 5:22 PM (GMT -6)   
 Thanks for the replies, I guess I should have been more specific...
I realize the risk of contracting herpes if a person has lupus is greater and worse.......  I guess my question is...has anyone ever had to deal with that and what specific risks or harm or organ damage  etc etc...... can it cause.....can it be life threatening?  

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Date Joined Feb 2007
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   Posted 5/24/2007 6:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I do not have experience with oral or genital herpes although i did have shingles which is a type of herpes (zhoster i think its called) which i know is very common in people with lupus. it was SO PAINFUL and i know that in some cases it can cause nerve damage in the spine and pain even after the external symptoms are gone. I am assuming that if you were to contract oral or genital herpes it would be the same as a healthy individual but with more severe symptoms because you are so immunosuppressed. I think genital herpes can cause reproductive problems in women.

Most viruses and diseases can be life threatening if left untreated so i suggest talking to a doctor immediately if you think you have been exposed. you might want to get on a medication like valtrex to control it if you do have a form of herpes. i hope this helps!!

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   Posted 5/24/2007 9:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I do not know if the herpes are life threatening. I used to have oral herpes often long time ago. It hurt. Now I am having one. I also had shingles before. It took me quite a long time to heal and it was very very painful. I knew that people who have lupus are very easy to get these kind of stuff; however, I do not know if it's life threatening or harm the organ. I am still here and with no organ damage. : )
If you do have it, I would suggest you to see a doc, because some forms of herpes are quite serious and need to be treated with prescribed medications.

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   Posted 5/25/2007 6:43 AM (GMT -6)   
The only time I've heard of herpes being life threatening is if it gets into the brain and causes encephalitis or meningitis. These infections are pretty rare though and I doubt you are at any great risk of this happening.

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