Recurrent herpes labialis in skiers: Clinical observations and effect of sunscreen

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Title translated into German:Wiederholt auftretender Herpes labialis bei Skilaeufern: Klinische Beobachtungen und die Auswirkungen von Sonnenschutzmitteln
Author:Mills, John; Hauer, Laurie; Gottlieb, Alan; Dromgoole, Sydney; Spruance, Spotswood
Published in:The American journal of sports medicine
Published:15 (1987), 1 , S. 76-78, Lit.
Format: Publications (Database SPOLIT)
Publication Type: Journal article
Media type: Print resource
ISSN:0363-5465, 1552-3365
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Identification number:PU198704029182


Recurrent orofacial herpes infection may be triggered by high altitude skiing, presumably because of solar ultraviolet radiation exposure. Six (12) of a group of 51 subjects with a history of skiing-triggered herpes observed during 1 week of high altitude skiing experienced reactivations of orofacial herpes a median of 3 1/2 days after exposure. Within this group, application of a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 faile to influence the reactivation rate as compared with a placebo. Reactivation of herpes triggered by skiing is common. As application of a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 did not appear to influence the reactivation rate, alternate approaches to the control of recurrent orofacial herpes are needed. Verf.-Referat