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Herpes simplex

Category: Illnesses and disabilities

Type

Involuntary

Introduction and description

Herpes simplex is a viral infection.  Infection with the herpes virus is categorized into one of several distinct disorders based on the site of infection.  As the virus can spread all over the body, however, the list of disorders tends not to be entirely representative of all the damage that can be done.

Nearly 100% of those older than 60 years of age harbor HSV in their trigeminal ganglia at autopsy. And it has been estimated that one third of the world population suffers from recurrent infection.  A little fact that our symptom based medics should perhaps ponder when they prescribe pharmaceuticals that suppress or compromise the immune system.

It causes some truly horrendous illnesses and diseases. 'Keratitis', for example caused by HSV is the most common cause of cornea-derived blindness in developed nations. The global incidence (rate of new disease) of Herpes keratitis is roughly 1.5 million, including 40,000 new cases of severe monocular visual impairment or blindness each year.

And where it attacks the brain for example, or some of the more important organs like the heart and eyes, it can cause spiritual experiences. 

Symptoms

Herpes viruses cycle between periods of active disease—presenting as blisters containing infectious virus particles—that last 2–21 days, followed by a remission period. 

 

The two most common and thus most well known sites of infection and thus named herpes simplex disorders are:

  • Oral herpes - in oral herpes, the virus produces cold sores or fever blisters, that infect the face and mouth. Oral herpes is the most commonly reported infection, because it is so visible.  Mention herpes to anyone and this is what they think you mean - 'oh yes' they say 'cold sores'.  Well no, not cold sores and oral herpes is the tip of a terrible iceberg  
     
  • Genital herpes - is the second most common form of herpes, affecting [as its name suggests] the genitals.  Genital herpes, however, is often asymptomatic, though 'viral shedding' may still occur

The lesser known sites and infections caused by the virus include:

  • Herpetic whitlow -  in herpetic whitlow, the virus produces painful lesions (whitlows) on the fingers or thumbs.

  • Herpes gladiatorum -  in Herpes gladiatorum, the virus affects the cells in the ectodermal layer of the skin. The initial viral replication occurs at the entry site in the skin or mucous membrane and then blisters and ulcers form on the skin as a result of the destruction of infected cells.  
    Even though most of the individuals who are exposed to the virus get infected, only 10% of them will develop sores as well. These types of sores appear within two to twenty days after exposure and usually do not last longer than ten days.

  • Ocular herpes (keratitis) - Herpetic simplex keratitis is caused by recurrent herpes simplex virus in the cornea of the eye. As I have explained above, it can cause blindness, macular degenation and other sight impairment

  • Cerebral herpes infection encephalitis - is Encephalitis caused by the herpes virus.  Encephalitis is an acute inflammation of the brain. It can kill.
     
  • Mollaret's meningitis - Mollaret's meningitis is [according to Wikipedia] "a recurrent, benign, aseptic meningitis, now referred to as Benign Recurrent Lymphocytic Meningitis".  Nevertheless meningitis is meningitis.  It affects the brain

  • Neonatal herpes -  Neonatal herpes is 'a serious condition' [sic], in which the herpes simplex virus is transmitted from mother to newborn, meaning that the baby is born with the virus infection.  The baby can also be born with signs of the infection, but the virus can also cause birth defects, and other problems including miscarriages and stillbirths.  According to the Boston Children's Hospital, around 1 in every 3,500 babies in the United States contract the infection.  There were no figures on miscarriages caused by it

  • Bell's palsy - Bell's palsy is a form of facial paralysis resulting from a dysfunction of the cranial nerve VII (the facial nerve) causing an inability to control facial muscles on the affected side.  Other viruses in the herpes family can also cause this disease

  • Dementia and Alzheimers - can be caused by herpes simplex.  Not all cases of Dementia and Alzheiemers are virus related but some are

  • Manic depression - can be caused by herpes simplex.  Not all cases are virus related but some are

  • Cancer - Viruses are an established cause of cancer in humans and other species. Within the Herpesviridae as a whole, Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus causes Kaposi's sarcoma and body cavity lymphoma, and Epstein–Barr virus causes Burkitt's lymphoma, Hodgkin's lymphoma, B lymphoproliferative disorder, and nasopharyngeal carcinoma.
  • Pancreas disease -  can be caused by a number of viruses including the Herpes simplex virus 
      
  • Stomach disease - there is increasing evidence accumulating for the role of viruses in stomach diseases and notably stomach cancer. 
  • Intestine disease - Numerous viruses are able to gain access to our systems via the intestines

There are more, because ultimately as one works one's way round the body, you will find that the herpes simplex virus can cause disease and in some cases cancer in every organ.  It is a ubiquitous killer that hides its malignant face behind an embarrassing case of cold sores on the mouth that some people make jokes about.

What happens after the initial infection to make this possible?  

After initial infection, the viruses are transported along sensory nerves to the sensory nerve cell bodies.  Primary visible infections usually heal completely without leaving scars but the virus that caused the infection in the first place remains in the body in an apparently latent state.  As it can travel all over the body, it can subsequently erupt almost anywhere.

Causes of recurrence are 'uncertain', though some potential triggers have been identified, including immunosuppressant drugs. The other triggering events are times of extremely high negative emotion and stress, along with pharmaceuticals or actions that compromise the immune system.  The previously latent virus then multiplies, producing new virus particles in the nerve cell and these are transported along the axon of each neuron to the nerve terminals in the skin, where they are released.

Once infected, the virus remains in the body for life. Recurrent visible infections may occur from time to time, especially in times of immune impairment and stress. However, after several years, some people will become perpetually 'asymptomatic' - meaning that no more visible signs emerge.  They are still contagious to others.  But meanwhile, at times when we are at a low ebb and our immune system is struggling, they start to mount new invisible offensives............. 

Causes

Herpes simplex is caused by both Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) and Herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2).

Treatment

In perhaps one of the most bizarre features of the current state of medical knowledge and pharmaceutical progress, there are no treatments for herpes simplex virus.

"Herpes viruses establish lifelong infections, and the virus cannot yet be eradicated from the body."

The medical profession is happy to hand out pharmaceuticals based on the symptoms it causes later - none of which do any good and most of which do a great deal of harm, but there has been no apparent effort put into tackling the virus itself.

The main pharmaceutical recommended is the anti-viral, however, this does not cure or eradicate the virus.

Knowing how it is spread helps to prevent the disease, thus the first line of treatment is preventative.

Herpes simplex is most easily transmitted by direct contact with a lesion or the body fluid of an infected individual. Transmission may also occur through skin-to-skin contact during periods of asymptomatic shedding.

'Barrier protection methods' are the most reliable method of preventing transmission of herpes, but they reduce rather than eliminate risk.

There is the commonly held belief that herpes is spread by kissing and sex, but it is not the only way.

Herpes is also strongly associated with contact sports — outbreaks in sporting clubs being relatively common. There are even names given in this context - herpes rugbiorum or "scrumpox" [and I do not jest], "wrestler's herpes" or "mat pox" (after wrestling). In one of the largest outbreaks ever among high-school wrestlers at a four week intensive training camp, HSV was identified in 60 of 175 wrestlers. Lesions were on the head in 73 per cent of the wrestlers, the extremities in 42 per cent, and the trunk in 28 per cent.

Thus although wearing condoms is a wise precaution anyway, it does not eliminate the risks.  Body fluids are body fluids and there are lots of different sorts of body fluids.

How it works

It is the additional complications of the virus that cause the experiences - encephalitis, fever and hyperthermia, meningitis and so on.

See also Viral infections

Observations

Along with the somewhat negative observations resulting from the virus itself, I have also included observations which are based on suggestions for healing.  Most of these are based on different sorts of food that have shown some efficacy, but there is also one medicine.

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