Herpes or Impetigo: The CBCD Highlights the Difference

Industry: Health & Fitness

Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) infections are most often confused with Impetigo. (1) The CBCD highlights the differences and recommends two natural HSV remedies.

New York (PRUnderground) August 5th, 2014

“Infected with the herpes virus (HSV-1 or HSV-2)? The CBCD recommends taking Novirin or Gene-Eden-VIR.” – Greg Bennett, CBCD

“Herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection is the condition most often confused with impetigo.” (1) To prevent confusion, the Center for the Biology of Chronic Disease (CBCD) would like to highlight the difference between an infection with the herpes simplex virus (HSV-1 or HSV-2), and Impetigo, a bacterial skin infection.

How does one know the difference?

Clues to look for include intact vesicles (small, fluid-filled sacs that can appear on the skin). If they are intact (unbroken or weepy) then the infection is more likely to be HSV. Additionally, as time goes on, if the vesicles become cloudy and ultimately result in crusts that are honey colored, the infection is more likely to be herpes. Finally, a herpes infection is usually recurring. In other words, if an individual is infected, he or she is likely to have more than one outbreak of sores that turn into vesicles. This is not the case with Impetigo. “When an impetiginous pustule is unroofed, it is noticeably filled with pus. A herpetic lesion may appear to be pus filled, but when it is unroofed, only a scant amount of clear fluid is found.” (1) Finally, antibiotics are usually prescribed for an Impetigo infection, whereas antiviral drugs are usually prescribed for a herpes infection.

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The Center for the Biology of Chronic Disease (CBCD) recommends that people infected with the herpes virus (HSV-1 or HSV-2) take Novirin or Gene-Eden-VIR. The formula of these natural antiviral products was tested by Hanan Polansky and Edan Itzkovitz from the CBCD in two clinical studies that followed FDA guidelines. The studies showed that the Gene-Eden-VIR and Novirin formula is effective against the herpes simplex virus, and other viruses. The clinical studies were published in the peer reviewed, medical journal Pharmacology & Pharmacy, the first, in a special edition on Advances in Antiviral Drugs.  Study authors wrote that, “individuals infected with the HSV … reported a safe decrease in their symptoms following treatment with Gene-Eden-VIR.” (2)  The study authors also wrote that, “we observed a statistically significant decrease in the severity, duration, and frequency of symptoms.” (2)

Both products can be ordered online on the Novirin and Gene-Eden-VIR websites.

Novirin and Gene-Eden-VIR are natural antiviral dietary supplements. Their formula contains five natural ingredients: Selenium, Camellia Sinesis Extract, Quercetin, Cinnamomum Extract, and Licorice Extract. The first ingredient is a trace element, and the other four are plant extracts. Each ingredient and its dose was chosen through a scientific approach. Scientists at polyDNA, the company that invented and patented the formula, scanned thousands of scientific and medical papers published in various medical and scientific journals, and identified the safest and most effective natural ingredients against latent viruses. To date, Novirin and Gene-Eden-VIR are the only natural antiviral products on the market with published clinical studies that support their claims.

“Impetigo is a skin infection seen in all age groups, but it is most common among children. Impetigo is caused by common bacteria, and it often starts as a minor scratch. It is more prevalent during warm weather, particularly among children who live in crowded conditions. The disease can be severe and dangerous in newborn infants. Impetigo first appears as a sore, often on the upper lip. It may resemble a cold sore or fever blister caused by herpes simplex virus – a virus that can spread by direct contact and may cause serious problems in children. A physician should be contacted to diagnose the condition correctly and treat it accordingly. A blister may form and, after it breaks, the secretion dries to form a thick, soft, golden crust. When the crust is removed clear, honey-colored fluid oozes from the raw sore. The sores may spread to other parts of the face, hands, or the body.” (3) Generally, treatment consists of systemic antibiotics (usually penicillin, or erythromycin for patients who are allergic to penicillin), which also help prevent glomerulonephritis (inflammation of the kidney that can have serious complications).

What treatments are available for a herpes infection?

“Two types of antiviral treatments against HSV are available: topical and oral. The treatments include penciclovir, acyclovir, famciclovir, and valaciclovir. However, their effectiveness is limited. For instance, a meta-analysis of five placebo-controlled and two dose comparison studies evaluated the effect of aciclovir, famciclovir or valaciclovir on symptoms. The meta-analysis showed that oral antiviral therapy decreases the duration and the associated pain of an outbreak by merely one day.” (2) There are also natural remedies that target the latent HSV. Two of these clinically backed remedies are Novirin and Gene-Eden-VIR.

The CBCD recommends that individuals infected with the herpes virus (HSV-1 or HSV-2) take Novirin or Gene-Eden-VIR.

Click to read more about Novirin and the herpes virus, or Gene-Eden-VIR and the herpes virus.


(1)    Pediatric Care Online – Bacterial Skin Infections – Impetigo. Last updated June 24, 2014.

(2)    Polansky H, Itzkovitz E. Gene-Eden-VIR Is Antiviral: Results of a Post Marketing Clinical Study. Pharmacology & Pharmacy, 2013, 4, 1-8

(3)    Healthcentral.com – Impetigo.


About CBCD

About CBCD

The Center for the Biology of Chronic Disease (http://www.cbcd.net) is a not-for-profit tax-exempt organization under section 501(c) 3 of the IRS tax code. The center’s mission is to advance the research on the biology of chronic disease and to accelerate the discovery of a cure for these diseases. The CBCD first published Dr. Hanan Polansky’s highly acclaimed “Purple” book, entitled “Microcompetition with Foreign DNA and the Origin of Chronic Disease” in 2003. In this book, he explains how foreign DNA fragments can cause many major diseases. The book has been read by more than 5,000 scientists around the world, and has been reviewed in more than 20 leading scientific journals. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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