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 Post subject: question on clearing HPV
PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 6:07 pm 

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I've had high risk HPV for almost 2 years now. The statistics say that normally an average person clears this infection within 2 years. So, my question is, if it has not cleared by now (and it has been almost 2 years since i found out), will it ever clear?


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2009 9:50 am 
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Hi Google,

Infections can really clear at any time, and it's not the same with everyone. It's still unlikely this is something you'll have to deal with on and on, but ask your doctor if there's anything they might recommend. For example, smoking is linked with HPV persistence, and some small studies even suggest that exposure to second-hand smoke might be an issue in that regard.

Diet, stress, fatigue, etc. all might play a role. Some experts recommend women diagnosed with HPV have plenty of beta-carotene and B vitamins in their diet, the whole "leafy green vegetable" thing.

Maybe some others on the board will chime in, too.

Best,
Fredo

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2009 9:51 pm 

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Heya Google! It's time that I do my rounds on the boards again; medical school kills my time though :P

As Fredo said, your HPV can clear up at any moment: what is SO FRUSTRATING about this virus is the ambiguity that surrounds it and the unique presentation that it seems to have with every individual.

I would recommend, though, that if you have anything in your life and lifestyle that causes a lowered immune system that you try to remedy it. As mentioned: stress, smoking, or excess drinking (this can actually lower the immune response actually, although it seems weird...I can explain it in detail if you need that kind of pain :P ) Anything to boost it---better diet, more fruits/veggies, a supplement here and there (don't go overboard though) is also highly recommended.

And also let us know how you're doing!


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