Herpes infections of the larynx (voice box) can be easily misdiagnosed. (1)
Rochester, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/27/2015 -- Infected with the herpes simplex virus (HSV-1 or HSV-2)? The CBCD recommends talking to your doctor about a study published in the peer reviewed medical journal, Pharmacology & Pharmacy, which discusses effective natural remedies.
The study can be found here:
The oral herpes virus (usually HSV-1) does not normally attack the larynx, or voice box. However, when it does, it does so suddenly and without warning. Moreover, it is hard to diagnose because the virus causes symptoms that imitate those caused by other disease causing organisms. For example, Dr. Ali Sanei-Moghaddam and colleagues wrote in a study that "laryngeal disorders provoked by the herpes virus are characterized by the large spectrum of presentations and polymorphisms, and can simulate mucous lesions, laryngeal tuberculosis, fungal infection, syphilis, abscess or non-specific laryngeal inflammation …" (1) To make matters worse, when the herpes virus attacks the larynx, it can sometimes spread along the peripheral nerves and within the central nervous system. (2)
The CBCD reminds the public that HSV-1 may only cause cold sores and fever blisters, or it can cause conditions that are much more severe. As the study mentioned above noted, "HSV is one among a spectrum of viruses known to affect the upper aerodigestive tract, although it is usually confined to the lips and oral cavity. It is transmitted via saliva, and it can produce a constellation of symptoms in its host that range from vague malaise to life-threatening illness." (1)
What treatments are available for herpes infections?
"Two types of antiviral treatments against HSV are available: topical and oral. The treatments include penciclovir, acyclovir, famciclovir, and valaciclovir. However, their effectiveness is limited. For instance, a meta-analysis of five placebo-controlled and two dose comparison studies evaluated the effect of aciclovir, famciclovir or valaciclovir on symptoms. The meta-analysis showed that oral antiviral therapy decreases the duration and the associated pain of an outbreak by merely one day." (3)
The CBCD recommends that individuals who are infected with a latent herpes virus, talk to the doctor about a study published in the peer reviewed medical journal, Pharmacology & Pharmacy, which discusses effective natural remedies.
The study can be found here:
(1) Ali Sanei-Moghaddam, Peter Loizou, and Brian M Fish "An unusual presentation of herpes infection in the head and neck" BMJ Case Rep. 2013
(2) Pinto, Jose Antonio "Laryngeal herpes: a case report." Journal of Voice - Apr 14, 2015
(3) Polansky, H. Itzkovitz, E. Gene-Eden-VIR Is Antiviral: Results of a Post Marketing Clinical Study. Published in September 2013.