Lifestyle changes may lower the frequency of herpes outbreaks
Scientists at The Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus performed experiments on mice to study how the herpes virus reactivates itself to cause noticeable symptoms. Ultimately, researchers believe that these flare ups happen when a person's immune system isn't up to par, so making healthy lifestyle changes could help keep them under control.
"Finding ways to control herpes flare ups is important, not only for the health of the person with the virus, but also for preventing its transmission," said John Wherry, Ph.D., deputy editor of the Journal of Leukocyte Biology.
According to EMaxHealth.com, the researchers believe that building immunity with a series of healthy lifestyle changes is a great step in the right direction. Getting plenty of sleep, abstaining from tobacco and alcohol, maintaining a normal weight, and improving fitness levels are all ways that a person could improve their immune system for the long-term.
While there is no cure for herpes on the horizon, understanding how and why the disease manifests itself is a key issue for researchers and may help them figure out ways to improve the quality of life of those who are infected with the virus.