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Bleeding and Clotting Disorders

ITP and Cold Sores

10/04/2011

Question:

I read somewhere that says there might be a relationship between ITP and cold sores? My platelet counts range between 50k and 120k, not on any treatment. I get cold sores once every few months. I`m not sexually active. Is there a relationship between the two?

Answer:

There is no known direct relationship. Cold sore can arise due to viral infections, physical stress, etc, and in theory those things can be indirectly related to the platelet count, but there is no clear or direct relationship that is known.

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Response by:

Spero R Cataland, MD Spero R Cataland, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University