Q. Will HSV affect my daily lifestyle or marriage?

Answered by
Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Apr 22, 2017 and last reviewed on: Aug 28, 2021

Hello doctor,

I was diagnosed with HSV-1 four months back, HSV IgG was positive, and IgM was negative. I am a healthy person, and if I keep myself away from HIV, will I still have HSV outbreaks after 60 years of age? HIV is the only known immunocompromised state. Will a cold, flu, thyroid, diabetes, or any other general illness trigger HSV outbreak? Instead of Acyclovir 200 mg for five days, can I take a single dose of Famciclovir 1200 mg, when I get a sore? Will HSV affect my daily lifestyle? I am going to get married, so please help me.

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Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

  • If you are not immunosuppressed, then HSV (herpes simplex virus) outbreaks will not increase at 60 years or later.
  • General ill health can cause an outbreak, but thyroid disorders, diabetes, flu, and cold will not cause an outbreak. Sore outbreaks at any time without any reason.
  • For mild disease, there is no need of oral antivirals. Yes, you can take Famciclovir instead of Aciclovir.
  • HSV will not have any effect on your regular and married life. 70 % of normal individuals have an asymptomatic HSV-1 infection. So, there is no need to worry.

For further queries consult a cosmetologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/cosmetologist

Thank you doctor,

How do I avoid immunosuppressive diseases? Please name the diseases that I should avoid. How do I keep myself healthy? I am not a smoker or drink alcohol, do I need to do any lifestyle changes? I have sores in my mouth and on my arm, I am attaching the pictures. Please see both the pictures and tell me about the sore. Can I take Famciclovir 1500 mg, at the time of symptoms? Is the dose harmful?

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Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

I have reviewed the attached photographs (attachment removed to protect patient identity).

  • The oral cavity lesion seems to be cheek bite, while the other looks like insect bite reaction.
  • Avoid HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) infection, drugs like steroids, and others which can lower the immunity.
  • To maintain health, eat a balanced diet and avoid extramarital sex. No need to go for lifestyle changes.
  • Yes, you can take Famciclovir 1500 mg single dose at the time of the outbreak of herpes. It will not be harmful to you.

For further queries consult a cosmetologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/cosmetologist


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