I can't comment on the study as I haven't seen it, but lysine is recommended
by many feline opthamologists for the treatment of herpes.  It is also in
the Merck Veterinary Manual.

Also, I have 2 cats with this condition and lysine keeps their eyes clear.
If I stop the lysine the eyes get runny again.

Gary

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patricia.a.elk...@gsk.com
Sent: Monday, February 09, 2009 10:32 AM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Lysine as a supplement

My vet opthamologist here in Philly, Dr. Glickstein, told me that he was 
aware of only one
controlled study on the effects of L-lysine on herpes.  He said that the 
study showed that
L-lysine did keep cats from getting their first herpes infection but that 
it had absolutely no
effect on subsequent infections or outbreaks.  Apparently these are not 
the same results
that are seen in human trials where it is belived to be effective on 
continuing outbreaks.

I know that many many people believe that they have seen results with its 
use in cats however
in ammeliorating a herpes outbreak.


>L-lysine is not a general immune booster, it is primarily effective 
against
>herpes virus (which sometimes causes URI like symptoms and runny eyes) by
>suppressing the L-arginine that herpes virus needs in order to replicate.
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