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Epidemiology of Herpes Simplex Virus

Epidemiology of HSV1 virus infection (cold sore virus) being an asymptomatic carrier, varies very much from country to country. In Europe e.g., it is (the lowest) 52.4 % in Finland, 67.4 % in Belgium, 80.6 % in Czech, 83.9 in Bulgaria and up to 97 % in Turkey. Positive seroprevalence of HSV1 in the UK varied from 69 % - 78 % in the years 1984 - 1995.

cold sore

Cold sores are small blisters that develop on the lips or around the mouth. They are caused by the herpes simplex virus and usually clear up without treatment within 7 to 10 days. You will not have any symptoms when you first become infected with the herpes simplex virus. An outbreak of cold sores may happen some time later. Cold sores often start with a tingling, itching or burning sensation around your mouth. Small fluid-filled sores will then appear, most commonly on the edges of your lower lip.

The strain of herpes simplex virus usually responsible for cold sores is known as HSV-1. In rare cases, cold sores can also be caused by the herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2). This can be the result of having oral sex with someone who has genital herpes (where painful blisters develop on and around the genitals).

The herpes simplex virus – or "cold sore virus" – is highly contagious and can be easily passed from person to person by close direct contact. After someone has contracted the virus, it remains dormant (inactive) for most of the time. However, every so often the virus can be activated by certain triggers, resulting in an outbreak of cold sores. These triggers vary from person to person but can include fatigue, an injury to the affected area, and, in women, their period. Some people have frequently recurring cold sores (around two or three times a year), while others have one cold sore and never have another. Some people never get cold sores at all because the virus never becomes active. This means that certain (quite large) number of persons have virus present in their body, however "sleeping" being in a latent (dormant) form.

There is also varied HSV-2 latency level in European countries. From 4.2 % in UK, 15 % in Poland, 24 % in Bulgarien up to 42 % in Turkey. Women are more often host to the latent HSV-2 viruses.

The cold sore symptoms manifest in approx. 20% of infected persons. They might be revealed due to the weakness of immune system. Sever cold infection, stress, UV exposure and/or fever is believed to play an important role in the reactivation of the virus and return of blisters. In such situations it is worth trying ImmuMax, a dietary supplement that fast and efficiently enhances and strengthens our immune system.

The dietary supplement Immulina provides a special lipopolysaccharide complex originated from microalgae Arthrospira platensis. This complex is the most potent immune system enhancer in relationship to the immune system activation through Antigen Presenting Cells i.e. macrophages, monocytes, and dendritic cells (sources: → 1, → 2 and → 3). An impaired immune system substantially increases the risk of cold sore outbreaks and, on the contrary, a stronger immune system could i.a. manifest itself in reduction of cold sore outbreaks incidents and is also beneficial in cases of genital herpes caused by HSV2 virus.

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