Researchers at Duke University Medical Center have now figured out how the HSV1 - the cause of cold sores - manages to hide out. Apparently they lie dormant in the trigeminal nerve of the face until they are triggered by excessive sunlight, a fever or other stresses.
Well now that scientists are beginning to understand how the virus switches back and forth from dormant to active phase, and this could lead to a cure. When the virus gets stimulated it creates new molecular material (RNA) and replicates and then goes out on its so-called "new mission" - hence the cold sores. If scientists can create a drug that binds to the RNA and stimulates the replication, you essentially activate the virus and then kill the virus by having the patient take acyclovir. You would then have a situation where a virus was eradicated for good.
This would be huge since HSV1 is certainly a communicable disease and can be transferred by kissing, oral sex, sharing utensils or towe...
There is good news ahead for herpes patients, who usually suffer
through a week of treatment before their pain and symptoms are
The FDA has recently approved Famvir as a one-day treatment
option for patients with genital herpes, the first of its kind.
Used properly, under the new FDA dosing regimen guidelines, Famvir
can be used to prevent herpes outbreaks or curtail them as they
This is a huge step in treatment for a virus that affects 45
million people in the U.S. and whose symptoms often go
The key to herpes treatment is managing the virus in the first
signs of an outbreak, when the virus is most active. Studies showed
that patients who were treated with Famvir at these critical
moments greatly shortened the period of time needed for recovery
from herpes symptoms.
A 1,500-milligram once-a-day dosage has been approved for cold
sores, to be taken for one day at the onset of an outbreak.
A 1,000-milligram twice-a-day for one day dosage has been
As someone who frequently struggles with keeping herpes under control, I’m constantly looking for what triggers my outbreaks. I started to cut down on caffeine after an unusually painful situation involving a double cappuccino last year. (I have now decided to completely eliminate it from my diet, and am currently on day thirteen of no caffeine!) I’m also trying to eat healthier, exercise more, and avoid sugar and alcohol (as much as possible) to make my body stronger and more capable of fighting the herpes virus. But I’ve noticed that no matter how well I follow these guidelines, a night or two of poor sleep can always trump their effectiveness and lead to an outbreak.
That’s right, sleep, and the mind and body’s need for it, is almost always an afterthought or a nuisance…a waste of time (as I sometimes feel). While our other basic needs – shelter, food, and sex – are cele...
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