Herpes

Overview

A number of Herpes viruses exist that may be found in one or other types in a majority of the population. Latest research shows significant associations with herpes viruses' infections and atherosclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis, and Bell's palsy. Herpes is a contagious virus and can be transferred by direct contact such as sexual contact, through blood, fluids such as saliva, or touch.

Herpes viruses lead to lipid accumulation and inflammatory changes which may account for some atherosclerotic changes. Of importance is that over 80% of herpes virus carriers are asymptomatic, meaning no symptoms are apparent. Herpes viruses also create pro-coagulant changes and an increased incidence of cervical cancer is seen in patients that have the herpes virus. The Houston Wellness Clinic has seen an increase in cases of herpes and have therefore worked hard to determine management options.

Herpes Simplex

Herpes Simplex has two common forms: Genital Herpes and Oral Herpes (cause of cold sores). Oral Herpes are much more common and blisters around the mouth can be seen or no symptoms are seen at all and the virus lies dormant. Genital Herpes causes sores around the genitals or rectum; however, just like oral herpes, the infected may not show any symptoms at all but still be able to pass it to other people.

Herpes Zoster

Herpes Zoster is commonly known as Shingles. This condition occurs when the virus that causes chicken pox lies dormant. When an outbreak occurs there is initially a period of fever, chills, and fatigue. On the 3rd-4th day the skin may become very sensitive. Around the 4th-5th day small blisters form, which then become crusty. The affected area is sensitive and painful. In about 30% of those affected, usually the elderly, the pain can persist for months to years. In about 2% there are recurrent outbreaks.

Causative Factors

  • An immune dysfunction is present (often when other underlying infections are present, i.e. flu, common cold, HIV, and more)
  • Increased oxidative stress due to poor diet
  • Physical and emotional stress
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Increased exposure to UV light
  • Temperature extremes
  • Imbalance of either excess arginine or deficient lysine and reduced levels of essential fatty acids

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Management

Management for Herpes Simplex

  • Modulating the immune system (DHEA, certain herbs, lactoferrin, selenium, thymus immune factors, and more)
  • Prescribing essential fatty acids, herbal supplements, and specific vitamins & minerals
  • Hydrogen peroxide intravenous therapy (this has been thoroughly researched to destroy viruses)

Management for Herpes Zoster

Similar to the managements for other viruses like herpes simplex, the general steps are undertaken to remove stresses and toxins, correct the diet, modulate and strengthen the immune system and apply nutritional support combined with specific anti-viral aids. For the local painful eruptions, capsaicin cream may be of benefit. Occasionally acupuncture, especially electro-acupuncture, may also help. Tea tree oil, which can be combined with bergamot or lavender, can be used to dry up the blisters.

The doctor is very committed to managing the cause of the outbreak versus just the symptoms. Our center works with each individual patient to determine exactly what type of herpes virus he or she has and what the best management option is. Not only will the specialist be able to eliminate this virus, but it may be affecting the body in ways that were previously unknown. By using this management approach the Houston Wellness Clinic can help each patient head towards long-term optimal health.

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