This post is interesting but also a little confusing to me, miracles. Herpes zoster is not the same as herpes simplex, either 1 or 2, and I'm not sure what the relationship of any of the identified herpes is to the subject in the article, the point of the study, whether it's anecdotal, or how herpes might relate in general to UC.
That said, I think there could very well be a link for some form of herpes to UC. I occasionally get lesions (which are more on my hip) that both my doc and I think are herpes, even though we haven't been able to get confirmation from the lab. I've read that once in the system, herpes can follow some large trunk nerves and erupt along them, which explains the location of the lesions. My experience is that it can also effect my whole sciatic nerve so it wouldn't surprise me AT ALL if it also effects the colon and therefore UC.
My hunch is that there are more kinds of herpes that haven't yet been identified and they may or may not be an std... if may be the ones you get on your mouth and they have travelled somehow. They also must be related to the immune system, and UC is autoimmune... somehow I think it's linked but how?
It's great that Valtrex is working for you. I've never tried it, because I don't want to take one more pill unless necessary. I use zovirax, though. So far I haven't noticed any connection, but I'll try to see if there are any if I have another break out.
Potato... Female, 58, dx 11/07 mild left sided ulcerative colitis (50 cm)
asacol 3 3x a day, cortenema (generic) every other night
culturelle, benefiber wafers metamucil wafers, activia yogurt, spinach & sunflower diet, primadophilus reuteri
children's vitamin, Vitamin E 400 mg, omeprazole 2xday
oxazepam when needed, lomotil or ImodiumAD when needed
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