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In up to 31% of all cases of shingles in the eye (Herpes Zoster Ophthalmicus), muscles outside of the eye can be paralyzed, according to a study published in the Journal of Neurosciences in Rural Practice on April 5, 2014. (1) The CBCD reviews the study, and recommends two natural antiviral remedies.
Rochester, NY (PRWEB) August 29, 2014
Although older people usually suffer from shingles, the Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV) can infect people of all ages. Research shows that when the immune system is damaged, the virus can attack the eye. This condition is called herpes zoster opthalmicus (HZO). In up to 31% of those with HZO, the virus causes paralysis in muscles outside of the eye. Dr. Chaker and colleagues wrote in a recent study that HZO may cause extraocular muscle palsies of the third, fourth, and sixth cranial nerves in 7-31% of patients the extraocular muscle palsies (muscular paralysis) usually appear 2-4 weeks after the rash, but sometimes occurs simultaneously with the rash or more than 4 weeks later. (1) Dr. Chaker and colleagues are part of the Faculty of Medicine of Tunis at the University of El Manar in Tunisia.
The CBCD points out that Herpes Zoster (HZ), commonly called shingles, is a distinctive syndrome caused by reactivation of varicella zoster virus (VZV). This reactivation happens whenever immunity to VZV declines as a result of aging or immunosuppression (a damaged immune system). Herpes Zoster will happen at any age yet commonly affects the elderly population. (See Mayo Clinic Proceedings, from March 2009) (2) The CBCD points out that when the immune system is damaged, a latent virus, such as VZV, can increase in number, causing shingles and resulting diseases.
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The CDC notes that Nearly 1 out of every 3 people in the United States will develop shingles in their lifetime. Anyone who has had chickenpox or received chickenpox vaccine in the past may develop shingles. (See CDC, last updated May 1, 2014) (3)
The CBCD recommends that people who have had chickenpox in the past take Novirin or Gene-Eden-VIR. The formula of these natural antiviral products was tested by Hanan Polansky and Edan Itzkovitz from the CBCD in two clinical studies that followed FDA guidelines. The studies showed that the Gene-Eden-VIR and Novirin formula is effective against herpes viruses (like VZV), and other viruses. The clinical studies were published in the peer reviewed, medical journal Pharmacology & Pharmacy, the first, in a special edition on Advances in Antiviral Drugs. Study authors wrote that, individuals infected with a (latent virus) reported a safe decrease in their symptoms following treatment with Gene-Eden-VIR. (4) The study authors also wrote that, we observed a statistically significant decrease in the severity, duration, and frequency of symptoms. (4)
Novirin and Gene-Eden-VIR are natural antiviral dietary supplements. Their formula contains five natural ingredients: Selenium, Camellia Sinesis Extract, Quercetin, Cinnamomum Extract, and Licorice Extract. The first ingredient is a trace element, and the other four are plant extracts. Each ingredient and its dose was chosen through a scientific approach. Scientists at polyDNA, the company that invented and patented the formula, scanned thousands of scientific and medical papers published in various medical and scientific journals, and identified the safest and most effective natural ingredients against latent viruses. To date, Novirin and Gene-Eden-VIR are the only natural antiviral products on the market with published clinical studies that support their claims.
In addition to muscular paralysis, herpes zoster can also cause the following conditions in the eye: conjunctivitis (inflammation of the conjunctiva, the outermost layer of the eye, and the inner surface of the eyelids), keratitis (inflammation of the eyes cornea), episcleritis (inflammation of the thin layer of tissue that lies between the conjunctiva and the connective tissue layer that forms the white of the eye), scleritis (a serious inflammatory disease that affects the white outer coating of the eye), uveitis (inflammation of the uvea), secondary glaucoma (a condition characterized by fluid pressure in the eye that can lead to blindness), cataract (a clouding of the lens inside the eye which leads to a decrease in vision), and retinal necrosis (an aggressive, necrotizing inflammation of the eye's retina). (1)
Are there effective treatments against the VZV?
WebMD says that, several antiviral medicines-acyclovir, valacyclovir, and famciclovir-are available to treat shingles. These medicines will help shorten the length and severity of the illness. But to be effective, they must be started as soon as possible after the rash appears. Thus, people who have or think they might have shingles should call their healthcare provider as soon as possible to discuss treatment options. Analgesics (pain medicine) may help relieve the pain caused by shingles. Wet compresses, calamine lotion, and colloidal oatmeal baths may help relieve some of the itching. (See WebMD, last updated May 1, 2014) (5) The CBCD reminds the public that there are also two safe and effective natural VZV remedies designed to help the immune system target the latent virus. These remedies are Novirin and Gene-Eden-VIR.
The CBCD recommends that people infected with a latent virus like VZV take Novirin or Gene-Eden-VIR. - Greg Bennett, CBCD
(1) Chaker N, Bouladi M, Chebil A, Jemmeli M, Mghaieth F, El Matri L. Herpes zoster ophthalmicus associated with abducens palsy. J Neurosci Rural Pract. 2014 Apr;5(2):180-2. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24966563
(2) Priya Sampathkumar, MD, Lisa A. Drage, MD, and David P. Martin, MD, PhD Herpes Zoster (Shingles) and Postherpetic Neuralgia. Mayo Clinic Proceedings. March 2009.
(3) CDC Shingles (Herpes Zoster). Last updated May 1, 2014.
(4) Polansky H, Itzkovitz E. Gene-Eden-VIR Is Antiviral: Results of a Post Marketing Clinical Study. Pharmacology & Pharmacy, 2013, 4, 1-8
(5) WebMD - Shingles Health Center - Topic Overview. Last updated December 18, 2012. webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/shingles/shingles-topic-overview
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