Talk:Herpes simplex

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Good article Herpes simplex has been listed as one of the Natural sciences good articles under the good article criteria. If you can improve it further, please do so. If it no longer meets these criteria, you can reassess it.
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March 14, 2008 Good article nominee Listed
March 21, 2008 Peer review Reviewed
Current status: Good article

Additional Symptoms[edit]

Sensitivity and burning sensation on skin of legs after infection. Common complaint in forums regarding Herpes infection. Often undiagnosed by doctors. Can also reoccur during outbreak. More info needed? Possible evidence of Neuropathy?



Edit request: "Herpes simplex" stigmatized[edit]

The text says that "herpes simplex has not always been stigmatized" while meaning instead to talk specifically about "genital herpes" as distinguished from other locations or generally. Please replace "herpes simplex" with "genital herpes".

Done Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 16:26, 13 June 2016 (UTC)


Condom use decreases the risk somewhat.JEZ,povANY1? (talk) 20:04, 22 November 2016 (UTC)

Citing primary sources when secondary sources are not available.[edit]

I edited the following sentence to provide a few references:

Certain dietary supplements and alternative remedies are claimed to be beneficial in the treatment of herpes.[3] Evidence is insufficient, though, to support use of many of these compounds, including echinacea, eleuthero, L-lysine, zinc, monolaurin bee products, and aloe vera.[4] While a number of small studies show possible benefit from Vitamin C[5][6], monolaurin, L-lysine, aspirin, lemon balm, topical zinc, honey [7], or licorice root cream in treatment, these preliminary studies have not been confirmed by higher-quality randomized controlled studies.[8]


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  3. ^ Reviewed by EBSCO CAM Review Board in July 2012. "Herpes". HERPES: Principal Proposed Natural Treatments | Other Proposed Natural Treatments. EBSCO. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Perfect MM, Bourne N, Ebel C, Rosenthal SL (October 2005). "Use of complementary and alternative medicine for the treatment of genital herpes". Herpes. 12 (2): 38–41. PMID 16209859. 
  5. ^ A Clinical Pilot Study of Lignin—Ascorbic Acid Combination Treatment of Herpes Simplex Virus
  6. ^ Topical treatment of recurrent mucocutaneous herpes with ascorbic acid-containing solution.
  7. ^ Topical honey application vs. acyclovir for the treatment of recurrent herpes simplex lesions
  8. ^ Beauman, JG (Oct 15, 2005). "Genital herpes: a review.". American family physician. 72 (8): 1527–34. PMID 16273819. 

This was removed since Wikipedia strives to keep only secondary sources with regards to articles dealing with medicine. While I agree with this rule, I am wondering if there is a point in giving reference to the few studies that do exist. This is not in order to convince, but in order to help the reader know what is meant by the a statement like "Evidence is insufficient, though, to support use of". I am not convinced that the references should be added, but I think it is worth discussing. Thanks. Tal Galili (talk) 13:28, 6 May 2017 (UTC)

We have a good review that says evidence is not sufficient.
No need to add insufficient sources to support the case. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 14:31, 6 May 2017 (UTC)
What Doc James said. Jytdog (talk) 01:32, 7 May 2017 (UTC)