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Monday, March 22, 2010

Sores In The Mouth?

I have noticed that I more frequently get sores in my mouth. I also find that I get cold sore or cold like sores on my lips as well. This I believe is linked to my transplant due to the immune system supression. With a weaker immune system I would think viruses that cause these type of sores can more readily haunt me. In fact when I was in the hospital last year, my prograf levels were all over the place. I seriously had 10 painful canker type sores inside my mouth along with exterior cold sores that healed very slowly. The only relief I could find was Campho-Phenique mainly due to it's numbing ingredient. I honestly only got a cold sore once or twice a year before. . .but in the last 2 years I have had more than I can remember. It's incredibly irritating and a little painful~ I guess I will not be eating Salt and Vinegar potato chips any time soon :(

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1 comment:

bo said...

You're right in thinking you're getting these sores because of your anti-rejection meds, especially prednisone.

I'm sure you've mentioned this to your docs, and are they not concerned?

There are a couple of meds available, Zovirax and Valtrex. I'm sure the last thing you want is yet another pill to take, but it might be worth asking about. I mean, what's the point of going through a lung transplant if you can't eat salt and vinegar chips?!?!

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