Monday, March 10, 2008

Herpes NO MORE!

I thought that title would get your attention! No I don't have herpes ... but, my daughter contracted the Type I herpes simplex virus (eye herpes) in her right eye when she was about 2 years old. I had never even heard about such a thing ... you can get herpes in your eye? Basically, it's the same virus that causes cold sores and she got it in her eye. The doctor she had at that time said that some people are just prone to breaking out in cold sores and some aren't ... like me (never had a cold sore), but my husband gets them when he's stressed or sick. Almost all of Americans apparently are exposed to the Type I Herpes simplex virus during childhood. For most people, it just remains dormant in their body, but for others it's a constant struggle. An estimated 400,000 Americans have experienced some form of ocular herpes, with close to 50,000 new and occurring each year. (Look at the bottom of this post for what causes eye herpes)
My lovely daughter has had about three outbreaks since she was 2 years old. She's so great about it ... calm and collected. Mommy is the one that freaks out and so do the doctors because of the potential damage that can occur. We've been fighting an outbreak (due to her being sick, immune system down) for a little over two months. Her doctor here in Lafayette even referred her to a specialist in Baton Rouge who we've seen twice. She's been on five medications at once, including drops. One drop she had to put in nine times a day! We are now in our last week of only one eye drop twice a day. This is wonderful! Her eye looks great and we just pray that it's all over. By the way, her vision is 20/15  - BETTER THAN PERFECT! I didn't know you could see better than 20/20. Thank you Lord for protecting her eye and her vision.

Psalm 103:1-4 Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord,O my soul, And forget not all His benefits. Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies.

What causes eye herpes?
Eye herpes is transmitted through contact with another person who is having an outbreak or self contact and contamination during an active herpes infection,like a cold sore of the lip. The herpes simplex virus initially enters through the nose or mouth and travels into the nerves, where it may be inactive. The virus can remain formant for years and may never wake up. The exact cause of an outbreak is unknown, but stress-related factors such as fever, sunburn, major dental or surgical procedures, and trauma associated with incidents.

Once the initial outbreak occurs, eye herpes has about a 40-50 percent chance of returning. There is no specific time frame for ocular herpes to reappear; it could be several weeks or even several years following the original occurrence. Although symptoms usually present themselves in only one eye, the virus possibly could affect the other eye as well.

1 Comment:

Jessie said...

Oh WOW! I want her vision! This is a great post. Very informative with a wonderful ending.

Have a great night!