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A 58-year-old male asked:

Can herpes cause renal failure?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Have not seen that: I have not seen herpes cause renal failure, but sometimes strange things can happen to an unlucky person with any disease. The medications to treat herpes, such as Acyclovir and valtrex, (valacyclovir) can cause renal failure if a patient already has decreased renal function, is taking large doses of the anti-virals, or is taking other medications (that also affect the kidneys) at the same time.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

What are the causes of renal failure?

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Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Many: There are many causes of renal failure. There is dehydration, medication causes especially diurectics and ace inhibitors, and kidney stones. Also an enlarged prostate can lead to renal failure. There are other specific kidney problems such lupus, membranous nephropathy and minimal change disease that lead to renal failure. However these diseases need special testing by your doctor.
Missouri City, TX
A 58-year-old male asked:

If untreated can herpes cause renal failure?

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Dr. Lisa Oldson
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Doubt it: Herpes can do some odd things, but i've not encountered renal failure from it. People w/genital herpes may choose not to treat it, either because they don't have symptoms or because their symptoms are so mild. For most of the 50 million americans with genital herpes, the infection is an annoyance, and can be emotionally or socially bothersome, but is rarely a serious infection.

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