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Herpes Simplex Type 1 and Type 2
        Herpes Simplex Type 1 causes painful cold
        sores on the lips or mouth or it can appear
        as an eye infection. It is known that
        exposure to strong sunlight and stress can
        contribute to these attacks.
           Herpes Simplex Type 2 causes sores in
        the genital area and is usually transmitted
        through sexual intercourse.
           Even after the mouth sores heal, it is still
        possible to infect others for up to seven days
        afterwards. Genital herpes is contagious for
        up to twelve days and although using a
        condom is a safe practice, it does not protect
        you or your partner from spreading herpes. It
        is best to abstain during this period.

        5. Rejection
        Rejection is the natural process of your body trying to                         SOME WARNING
        protect itself, from anything that is foreign. Kidney transplant                     SIGNS OF
        rejection means that your immune system is 'confused' and                        REJECTION CAN
        attacks your kidney, thinking it is attacking a group of                             INCLUDE:
        bacteria, infecting your body. Rejection may sound quite
        dramatic but, in fact, it is very common and, fortunately, in     ● Flu-like symptoms, such as chills,
        most cases, when rejection is discovered and treated early, it       headache, fatigue, dizziness or
        can be controlled.                                                   vomiting.
           There are things you can do to reduce your risk of
        rejection:                                                        ● High temperature – over 38ºC
        ● Take your medication as directed;                                  (You should have a thermometer
        ● Learn the early warning signs of rejection, and                    at home, as an increase in
        ● Attend all scheduled clinic and doctor visits.                     temperature is an important sign of
                                                                             possible rejection or infection).

        TYPES OF REJECTION                                                ● Any signs of fluid retention, such
        There are three types of rejection:                                  as rapid weight gain or swelling of
        ● Hyper acute rejection — happens very suddenly, usually             the ankles.
           during the transplant surgery or the first few hours after.    ● Pain or redness over the transplant
           This form of rejection is, thankfully, rare due to careful        site.
           tissue type matching, but is very difficult to treat.
        ● Acute rejection — is the most common kind and develops          ● Reduction in the amount of urine
           over a short period of time, a few days or weeks. The risk        you are producing.
           is highest during the first 2 to 3 months, but can also
           happen a year or more after transplant.
        ● Chronic rejection — is a process that occurs slowly and                IF YOU EXPERIENCE
           over a long period of time. It may begin immediately after       ANY OF THESE SYMPTOMS,
           the transplant, but the visible signs of chronic rejection are
           rarely seen within the first year. It is not known why it          CALL YOUR TRANSPLANT
           occurs, but the risk of chronic rejection is reduced when             UNIT IMMEDIATELY!
           patients continue to take all their medications exactly as

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