Driving into space on a rocket is only possible for a few people. It is a dangerous journey, but the reward is something that can not be understood by those who spend our whole lives here on solid ground. Apparently it also makes your herpes flare up.
In one of the most bizarre yet interesting reports released by NASA this year, researchers show that more than half of the space-time astronauts have experience with herpes fibrillation. with different severity.
The study published in Frontiers in Microbiology used biological samples taken by the astronauts before their space missions, during space, and then upon their return to space. What actually causes the herpes viruses to reactivate astronauts that have had some form in the past, the researchers have some ideas.
"During space travel, the secretion of stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline increases. It is known that it suppresses the immune system," said lead author Dr. Satish K. Mehta of NASA in a statement. "In line with this, we find that astronaut immune cells ̵
Many factors play a role Researchers suggest that dramatic lifestyles during use of space missions – distorted day / night cycles, social isolation, etc. – increase the stress levels of astronauts and suppress the immune response. This in turn opens a window in which the virus can reactivate.
Of the dozens of astronauts who had herpes viruses attacked by their space travel, only six of them actually had symptoms. Virus reactivation occurred in the others but did not produce symptoms reported by the astronauts.