CONDITIONS WE CAN HELP WITH...
HerpesThere are several types of herpes virus, including: Herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1) - cold sores, Herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2) - genital infections, Varicella-Zoster virus - chickenpox and shingles, and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) also known as glandular fever.
For more information on the herpes simplex viruses please refer to cold sores and/or genital herpes.
The Varicella-zoster virus is caught as the virus floats in the air from the breath of an infected person. This virus can only be caught as chickenpox, it is not possible to catch shingles, however, if you come into contact with someone who has shingles you are at risk of catching chickenpox if you haven't previously had it. Chickenpox manifests itself as blisters all over the body and flu-like symptoms. Shingles usually presents with blisters around the waist and lower chest. The virus remains latent in the nervous system and can recur as shingles many years after the initial infection.
For more information on Epstein-Barr virus, commonly known as glandular fever or the kissing disease, please refer to Epstein-Barr virus.
Nutritionally there a quite a few things that Nutrition Mission can recommend in the treatment of the herpes group of viruses. Firstly, restriction of high arginine content foods along with an increase in foods containing lysine. These are amino acids that are found in our everyday diets that are similar to each other and by increasing lysine foods we are effectively starving the virus so that it cannot present. By presenting a food diary to your nutritional therapist he or she will be able to determine what balance of these amino acids you are getting and how best to redress the balance. Your nutritional therapist will also determine whether or not you need to supplement lysine in order to reduce the severity and amount of outbreaks that occur for you.