the immune system can attack and destroy it. (This ability to run and hide is why a cure has notbeen found for the Herpes Virus)Of course, that still leaves the symptoms of the Herpes Virus to contend with. As previouslystated the Herpes Virus is a real opportunist. It only attacks the surface of the skin when thehost immune system is in a weakened condition. When the Virus senses an opportunity itascends to the skins surface and infects the local skin cells.The body recognizes this as an invasion from the outside of the host body rather than from theinside. This causes the immune system to send help to the skin damaged area caused by theVirus rather than trace down the actual virus that is hiding within the body.Because of the body misdirecting the white cells to the skin rather than seeking out the hidingHerpes Virus the resident Virus escapes unscathed while the skin erupts in a battle of whitecells versus the alien skin invasion.The resulting battle creates a developing tender redness as the skin becomes inflamed but isquickly acted on by the body when the Virus causes the skin to open (split). At this point thebody is not only fighting the Virus but is now engaged in a totally different struggle againstinvading bacteria that has entered Simply because the skin is considered by the host body to bethe FRONT LINE of protection for the entire body.The huge battle between the white cells surrounding the Virus in battle causes dead Virus cellsand dead bacteria to become a swelling pus pocket that becomes covered with drying cells tocreate a scab. As the battle rages on the huge army of sacrificing white cells eventually beatback the virus and invading bacteria. When the battle is over the red cells come in to repair thedamaged skin.One thing that can complicate this entire process is the removal of the crusted scab at thewrong time. If the scab is removed while the battle is still in progress the removal of the scabwill allow a renewed invasion of bacteria. This stalls the battle of the white cells which allowsthe Virus to regain strength and can even give it an extra opportunity to spread to other areas.So, premature removal of the scab is probably not your best move.But that is not the only way the Herpes Virus can spread. Days before a sore becomes visible ithas already invaded skin cells and several days after the sore seems to have gone away thereare still infected cells that are slothing off. So a simple touch of the contaminated area can helptransfer the Virus to other hosts and even to other areas on the original host.