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Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV-2) Intensifies IC Flares

Last summer, an ICN member asked a question that we hadn’t heard before. Can an outbreak of genital herpes (HSV-2) trigger an IC flare? In her case, it did. We launched an informal survey in the ICN Survey Center which revealed that she is not alone. A total of 42 patients diagnosed with both conditions participated in the study. Seventy five percent of reported that they suffered from more intense IC flares during a herpes outbreak. 84% reported bladder pain. 81% reported bladder pressure. 70% reported frequency and 67% reported urgency.

The location of the herpes outbreak was critical with several patients reporting that an outbreak nearer the urethra caused more urethral burning and burning during urination and pain.

One patient reported that her very first IC flare occurred during a bad herpes outbreak when she could not get a hold of her doctor for her normal antiviral medications. She said “I believe the outbreak is internal near bladder. I get the same herpes symptoms at the beginning. Little urine expelled, headache, pressure. I even mentioned it to my GYN. I am so grateful you’re doing this survey. I totally believe there is a connection.”

The US Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that one in five women and one in nine men in the USA have genital herpes (HSV-2), an estimated 45 million people and many don’t know that they are infected.

If you experience the outbreak of any painful, crusted sores or blisters in your genital, buttocks or rectal areas, you should ask your doctor about HSV-2. Using an antiviral medication may help.

More importantly, if you do have HSV-2 you’ll need to educate yourself about how to prevent its transmission to others. There’s no shame nor blame in having this infection. Most patients become infected through no fault of their own, from someone else who didn’t know that they were infected. It’s widespread and now fairly common.

Learn more about it at: http://www.webmd.com/genital-herpes/guide/genital-herpes-overview-facts

By | 2017-01-31T09:00:53+00:00 December 3rd, 2015|Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, Men's Health, Research, Survey Center, Women's Health|Comments Off on Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV-2) Intensifies IC Flares

About the Author:

My Google Profile+ Jill Heidi Osborne is the president and founder of the Interstitial Cystitis Network, a health education company dedicated to interstitial cystitis, bladder pain syndrome and other pelvic pain disorders. An IC support group leader and national spokesperson for the past 20 years, she has represented the IC community on radio, TV shows, at medical conferences and as a member of the US Army administered CDMRP research program. She has written hundreds of articles on IC and its related condition. She is the publisher & editor of the IC Network website, rated the top patient website in research studies offered by Harvard Medical School (2011) and the University of London (2013). She also edits and writes much of the IC Optimist quarterly magazine. With a Bachelors Degree in Pharmacology and a Masters in Psychology, Jill spends the majority of her time providing WELLNESS COACHING for patients in need and developing new, internet based educational and support tools for IC patients, including the “Living with IC” video series currently on YouTube and the ICN Food List smartphone app! Jill was diagnosed with IC at the age of 32 but first showed symptoms at the age of 12.