- Diseases, Disorders & Conditions
New treatment may finally kill herpes virus
Iontophoresis offers potential cure for stubborn infections.
U.S. researchers reported they may have found a way to flush out herpes viruses from hiding. It may be possible to "wake up" the virus and then kill it with standard antiviral drugs such as acyclovir.
“We recently found that with acyclovir induced through Lectroject, it is now possible to reach and flush out, or "wake up", the dormant herpes virus and then kill it.” according to its creator Dr. Keith Maxwell.
The Lectroject device relies on iontophoresis, a particle transport technology allowing 100 times the traditional dosage of acyclovir to be delivered to the entire body, affecting the DNA of the virus to prevent its spread. By attacking the virus which lies dormant in nerve cells, the Lectroject actively flushes out the virus and kills it, thus preventing future outbreaks – a process currently not possible with oral pills and topical creams.