Twenty Percent of the Population Have a Herpes Virus

October 28, 2009 by admin 

Herpes is a kind of viral infection. There are two herpes simplex viruses. Herpes Simplex type 1 (HSV-1) and Herpes Simplex type 2 (HSV-2). These viruses however look identical under microscope and both are capable of infecting mouth and genitals. Though the immune system of the body fights back against this menace, gradually the battle grows intense and as a result there are heavy losses by both the herpes virus and the immune system. Then the body becomes less capable of defending itself from attacks of other viruses.

After getting into a skin cell the virus starts multiplying. Then the skin becomes red, sensitive and soon afterwards one or more blisters or bumps appear. The blister opens, heals as new skin tissue forms. During the first outbreak the area is painful and may burn or itch. Flu like symptoms may also be common..

About 20% or over 50 million people are infected with genital virus in America. Each year millions of americans are diagnosed with Genital Herpes and young teens are found to be largely affected. Studies show that among every five American adults one is inflicted by the virus. Most of the people are unaware that they are affected by the virus.

Genital Herpes is a contagious disease. The virus that affects the genital of men and women are characterized by recurrent clusters of vesicles and lesions at the genital areas. Herpes is a nuisance and it can make one emotionally traumatic. Herpes patients should try to keep the herpes virus under control. However, supporting the immune system should be the first target. Weak immune system is prone to outbreak.

Research is still going on for discovery of effective herpes vaccine. Though some vaccines like polio, small pox had been used to prevent the HSV occurrence, they had no effect. Now one has to depend upon the anti viral therapy. Isoniplex Isopinosine is used in 56 countries. It has an antiviral action and more significantly it has the ability to stimulate the body┬┤s immune response. Certain drugs can reduce the frequency and duration of an outbreak. One can eliminate the risk of getting herpes by not having sexual intercourse with someone infected.

However if infected then the infected area should be kept clean and as dry as possible. This will help in the process of natural healing. Doctors often recommend warm showers in order to cleanse the infected area. Then the area should be dried with hair dryer. In order to prevent chaffing, the infected person should avoid tight fitting garments. Creams and lotions might be irritating.

A total approach to nutrition can be useful. There is no necessity of avoiding fat if it has a low lysine/arginine ratio and only a few milligram of arginine in it.


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