Herpes simplex virus type 6 (HHV-6 or HHV-6) was discovered back in 1986. In 2012, there was a sensational discovery: it turns out that the herpes simplex virus type 6 in adults may not manifest itself in any way, but at the same time it can cause a painful condition.
Where does it come from?
According to various sources, about 80% of people are infected with the herpes simplex virus type 6. Most often, a meeting with an infection occurs in early childhood – from the age of 6 months to 2 years. This is due to the child’s loss of maternal immunity and the high prevalence of the virus. The first meeting can take place in the form of roseola – a sharp rise in temperature, after which a rash appears after 3-4 days. This is the only specific manifestation in children for which HHV-6 can be suspected.
Alas, once in the body, any herpes virus will not leave it. In most people, the immune system is quite successful in suppressing the development of the herpes simplex virus type 6. Continuing to live in the body, but does not affect anything. But this is not the case for everyone.
Forever without strength
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) has long been considered a disease in its own right. This is not the kind of fatigue that is “cured” by vacation, job change, or just normal sleep. A diagnosis of CFS is made when a person experiences constant fatigue and a decrease in performance by 50% or more for 6 months or more. In this case, there are signs of a chronic infection: low-grade fever, enlarged lymph nodes, pain in muscles and joints, chronic pharyngitis, headaches.
Sleep disturbances, depression, irritability, difficulty concentrating, memory and intellectual impairment are common. Sometimes appetite disappears, a person dramatically loses weight or gains weight, problems arise in the stomach, intestines, urinary system. Moreover, allergy symptoms or sensitivity to bright light, alcohol, drugs, etc. may appear.
Before being diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, a person must undergo an examination to rule out other diseases. Often, the only objective sign of infection is the identification of herpes type 6
How to find out?
At the stage of making a diagnosis or to clarify it, doctors prescribe a laboratory test Antibodies to the herpes virus type VI (Herpes simplex virus VI), IgG. You can take it on your own if you are worried about reduced performance, and as a result, consult a doctor. It is enough for him to donate blood in the laboratory 3 hours after a meal or in the morning on an empty stomach.
Any decrease in immunity can provoke HHV-6 to activity. Most often it is triggered by stress, flu, exacerbation of a chronic infection. Often people associate fatigue-depression with the consequences of illness or stress, but in fact they became a trigger for the activation of the virus. An active virus lives and multiplies at the expense of lymphocytes – the main cells of the immune system. Therefore, there are symptoms of infection and damage to the nervous system, which is closely related to the immune system. When HHV6 is activated, it can be detected by PCR in oropharyngeal scrapings or urine. If there is a rash on the skin and an increase in temperature, then it is possible to identify the herpes simplex virus type 6 in the blood.
Who will use it?
Doctors distinguish several groups of patients who need to study Antibodies to the herpes simplex virus type VI (Herpes simplex virus VI), IgG, or the detection of herpes group viruses in a swab from the oropharynx These are the people who are worried about:
memory problems, inability to concentrate on business;
unreasonable pain and sore throat;
soreness of the lymph nodes in the neck and under the ears for an unknown reason;
muscle pain not associated with exercise;
joint pain without objective causes (trauma, osteochondrosis, etc.);
headaches that have never happened before;
weakness and exhaustion after physical exertion, clearly not corresponding to the expenditure of energy;
feeling fever or chills at normal temperatures
How to treat?
Antiviral drugs for other types of herpes can be effective for HHV6 infection, the choice of treatment available in Russia is in the competence of the attending physician (different antiherpetic drugs are registered in different countries). Therefore, mainly symptomatic treatment is carried out plus an increase in immunity.
Despite all this, herpes simplex virus https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herpes_simplex type 6 is not a death sentence. It is quite possible to live with it as soon as your immunity can take control of it. Surprisingly, a healthy lifestyle can be of great help in this. It is imperative to establish sleep: for those who sleep less than 6 hours a day, the risk of CFS manifestations is several tens of times higher.
Get your tests on time, and the treatment will be the least expensive!