Herpes is an infection caused by herpes simplex virus. The virus is more primitive than bacteria and it stays in the nerves cells. It is impossible to get rid of herpes simplex virus. Once the virus enters the cell it will reproduce using cell material and eventually destroy the cell.
When herpes simplex virus type 2 enters human body it moves to the nerve cells along the spinal cold and stays there forever. Even when herpes virus is not causing any herpes symptoms it can still be passed to other people through asymptomatic shedding. When HSV is suppressed by immune system it may lay dormant for a long time until it finally reappears and causes another herpes outbreak.
The first herpes outbreak is usually the most painful and severe one. After that immune begins to produce antibodies that are able to deactivate the virus. Outbreaks are usually milder and shorter after that and some people even stop having them at all. However, at this point the immune system is constantly fighting herpes and it may become too weak to resist other viruses.
Herpes virus can not be transmitted when it is in dormant state hiding in the nerve cells. This does not mean that it can not be passed when there are no symptoms present. There is no way to know for sure whether herpes virus is in active or inactive state. That is why it is very important to learn how to prevent transmitting the virus to other people.
Immune system is capable of preventing outbreaks when it is in strong and healthy. Most people today are constantly under large amounts of stress, addicted to caffeine and energy drinks and consuming junk food along with alcohol. This is one of the reasons why many people have severe herpes outbreaks on a monthly basis.
People with weakened immune system may face the complications such as meningitis, encephalitis, proctitis. Some scientists even link the development of bipolar disorder and Alzheimer’s to herpes.
According to recent data, 80% of people infected with herpes are unaware of the fact that they have it. People often miss the early symptoms of herpes or just ignore them. After the first outbreak the virus may stay dormant for decades waiting for a perfect time to reappear which usually happens when the immune system is weakened.
When people experience severe herpes outbreaks they should consult their physician to get the best treatment. Some of the prescription drugs are quite expensive and may even cause side effects. That is why it is always a good idea to help your body by boosting the immune system.
Great amount of stress, surgery, illness, sunburns, unhealthy diet, lack of sleep and exercise are the factors that contribute to weakened immune system. When the immune system is not strong enough it can’t fight viruses and that is why people who are generally healthy and take care of their bodies can often control herpes outbreaks.
There is no cure for herpes virus and no vaccine as of today. People who are infected with HSV have to learn to live with the virus until scientists come up with better a solution (researchers have been developing herpes vaccine for the past 40 years).
Lost of thing that may be useful in order to keep herpes virus dormant and live outbreak free:
– Stress management
– Healthier diet for people with herpes
– Exercising can help immune system to work more efficiently
– Drinking better quality water
– Using sunscreen to avoid burns
– Getting enough sleep (7-8 hours per night)