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A year ago I had a pulmonary valve replacement, I'm 57 and have tetralogy of Fallot. I also have herpes and used to get maybe one outbreak a year. Ever since my surgery exactly one year ago, I have an outbreak every single month. I don't understand it. I'm in excellent health otherwise, I'm fit, have a great holistic diet, do lots of yoga, pilates, zumba, have tons of energy, take no meds except baby aspirin every other day and sometimes I take the antiviral for herpes. I am almost never sick, so it seems my immune system is okay. I reallly don't understand what's going on with this. Do you have any insights or suggestions for me?
- Linda ( United States of America ) Nov 20,2016 9:01 AM

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Nov 22,2016 10:34 AM

Dear Linda,
 
I understand the frustration, but I want you to understand that Herpes simplex virus unlike other virus do not clear from your body. It stays in nerve roots and gets reactivated when there is imbalance. While there is no clear cut evidence of what might reactivate the virus, studies show that certain factors like  physical stress, fatigue, depression, anxiety, sickness, infection, medications, surgery, sex irritation of skin, sweating, certain food, alcohol, sunlight, dryness, weather, certain creams, exercise, sedentary life, menopause, pregnancy, hormonal change and anything under the sun can reactivate the virus. Age also has a role.
 
In your case also you have a very active life style with healthy eating habits. But other environmental factors, age or your history of multiple surgery puts you under the risk for frequent viral reactivation. I recommend you to maintain a diary of possible things, which triggers the episode, and try reducing the exposure. However it is easier said than done. The good news is eventually the number of outbreaks will reduce. Try to continue what you do and see if you can find any possible trigger and avoid it.


Take care.

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