My doctor told me, that the Strep virus caused my HSP to flare up, the virus enters my system, then straight to my Lymph nodes in my neck and within a few days my entire Immune system is affected. Strange how it effects others differently, and how different things cause it.. I believe it has alot to do with your Immune system, and how heathy it is. I try to eat foods that boost my immune system and stay active to stay healthy. This last winter I had a bad flare up again, with alot of personal issues in my life, I neglected my diet and rest and my system was weak. I now have an ulcer steming for the anti-inflammatories that I took from the joint pain. But I am on the road to recovery, and I take anti-biotics when ever there is a Strep outbreak in my area, to protect myself. The longer I can go without another flare up the better my chances of not having one for a long time.
Thanks for starting this group, what a relief to know others out there share my pain and understand what I am going through.