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Old 03-31-2004, 08:38 AM   #3
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: S W Florida
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spondylo HB User
Re: Herpetic Keratitis -- Ouch! need help

Hi Alex,

According to my eye doctor it can be caused by either type 1 or type 2.

The herpes virus lies dormant in the nerve ganglia. It can reside in the sacral ganglia where it manifests as genital herpes when active or in the trigeminal nerve ganglion which has nerve branches to the mouth and eyes resulting in outbreaks around the mouth, or as in my case, in the eye.

A healthy immune system can keep the virus dormant, but stress and too much UV ray-exposure can activate it. I have been under a lot of stress lately and also was out in the sunlight without sunglasses a full day before this occurred. I have just recently learned some of these things (i.e. about the trigeminal nerve and about sun exposure) so I am learning the hard way.

Last edited by spondylo; 03-31-2004 at 08:40 AM. Reason: misspelling