Lysine: Relief for herpes

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Now that many other deadly disease have surfaced, the threat and fear of the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) seems to have subsided. This gives a false sense of security, and a deadly one as well.

It is estimated that five to 20 million Americans have genital herpes and approximately 500,000 new cases appear annually. About 85 to 90 percent of those cases are attributed to the Herpes Simplex Virus, Type 2 (HSV2). The remaining 10 to 15 percent are caused by HSV, Type 1 (HSV1).

Because herpes is a virus and viruses are immune to conventional antibiotic therapy, the school of thought was that there would be no cure for the disease and it would just have to run its course before any signs of relief came to light. This is no longer the case.

Lysine, found in everyday foods such as yogurt and turkey, is an amino acid which researchers have found can be used effectively either by itself or in combination with copper or zinc for the treatment of genital herpes.

Doctors at Indiana University Medical School have found that lysine, when used as a supplement, decreased and suppressed recurrence of the virus as well as accelerating the rate of recovery.

Prior to the findings of lysine, acyclovir, in the form of an ointment and later in capsule form, had been in use since 1982. The medication worked by attacking the HSV while leaving uninfected cells untouched, unlike previously used remedies.

There are many varied aspects to the virus ranging from recurrent cold sores which can be triggered by weather conditions or while our bodies are fighting off other infections and our immune systems are less able to prevent an outbreak (HSVI).

The well-known HSV2 is the one sexually transmitted disease (STD) which people may be more familiar with in terms of recognition.

The Type 2 virus is similar to the Type 1 in as far as a cold sore appearing on the affected sight. However, the difference lies in the location. Both types can be spread by touching an infected person.

In genital herpes, the virus causes blister-like sores usually appearing on or near the genital, buttocks and inner thigh areas. The sores are preceded by a burning sensation and have a tendency to recur.

The symptoms usually appear within three weeks after being exposed to the virus. They are accompanied by fever, aches, and general flu-like symptoms.

Genital herpes is a relatively small problem for most sufferers but the knowledge of being able to spread the infection to others can often be psychologically traumatic.

The virus poses a greater risk to pregnant women, to newborns and patients with impaired immunity. Pregnant women must be monitored very closely to keep the baby from becoming infected while passing through the birth canal. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, when an outbreak is present at the time of delivery, doctors can deliver the baby by performing a Cesarean section.

Further, government researchers have recently found that the virus may be contributing to the constriction of arterial blood vessels in patients who have undergone angioplasty in the past. Angioplasty is the procedure surgeons perform on patients who have a blocked artery. Using a major vein, usually located in the inner thighs, doctors insert a tube containing a balloon. When they have reached the blocked sight, they blow the balloon up which then disperses any calculus which had collected.

Additionally, the virus has been known recently to promote and therefore, becoming one of the causes of cervical cancer.

It becomes apparent with the use of proper protection and precautions against the herpes virus, suffering unnecessarily from the disease and its symptoms can be avoided.

LYSINE RICH FOODS

FOOD CONTENT (Gram)
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Wheat Germ (1 cup) 2.10
Ricotta Cheese (1 cup) 3.30
Pork (1 pound) 7.00
Turkey (1 pound) 3.00
Wild Game (1 pound) 7.00
Cottage Cheese (1 cup) 2.50
Chicken (1 pound) 2.00

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