From the comfort of your couch or in the privacy of your own home, you can learn to tell whether you’re infected with the herpes virus by testing your skin.
But how does it work?
“Hematocrit is a measure of the amount of white blood cells that can be produced by a cell,” says Elizabeth A. Smith, PhD, a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and the author of the new book, The Power of the Heat.
“The higher the value, the more white bloods are being produced.”
Smith explains that your body has a system of “heat production” that produces heat.
“There are two primary types of heat production,” she explains.
“One is called thermoregulation and it’s a process that you experience when your skin and hair are being heated,” she says.
Smith says thermoregas is the way the body uses heat to regulate temperature.
But heat is not the only thing your body uses to regulate its body temperature.
“You have a second type of heat that your skin uses to fight off pathogens,” Smith says.
“It’s called thermo-acoustic response.”
“Heat production is all about thermoacoustic responses, and thermo acoustic responses are the way you control the temperature of your skin,” she adds.
To understand what thermo acoustic responses are, Smith explains that heat produced by your skin is converted to heat through the action of heat receptors on your skin cells.
When heat is generated by the skin, your body produces heat to fight bacteria, but you also produce heat to prevent bacteria from escaping your body.
The first step in understanding thermo thermal response is to figure out what temperature your body is at at any given moment.
You can do this by measuring the difference between the temperature your skin’s surface is at and the temperature you’re actually feeling.
“If your skin temperature is at the same temperature as the outside air temperature, your thermo thermo response is zero,” Smith explains.
In other words, your skin isn’t getting enough heat to counteract the body’s natural body temperature in a controlled fashion.
When your skin reaches the temperature at which it’s actually feeling warm, your system is activated, and you produce heat.
“The body has thermo and thermal thermo, and they’re very different things,” Smith adds.
“Thermo thermoelectricity is the ability of the skin to use heat to heat its own body.
Thermal thermo is the use of heat to help cool its own skin.”
When you’re sick, the body releases heat to the air to help warm up.
So if you’re cold, you’re releasing heat to your body to cool you.
But if you get cold, your heat-producing system isn’t working properly, so you’re not getting enough warmth.
“We’ve all had times when we have a cold shower, where we’re sweating profusely,” Smith recalls.
That’s why you have to know the thermo temperature of the room you’re in before you know if you’ve contracted HSV-2.
If your temperature is a few degrees below your body’s average temperature, you’ve probably contracted HSG2.
If your temperature isn’t below your average temperature (it could be higher, say 10 degrees below the average), you’re probably not getting any heat.
The temperature difference between you and the outside environment can be as small as a few tenths of a degree, but the body doesn’t get enough heat.
So if your temperature fluctuates within a few degree range, then you probably aren’t getting much heat.
If you’re warmer than the average, then your body isn’t producing enough heat, so it’s getting enough from the outside to keep you warm.
“Heat is produced by thermo chemical reactions between cells,” Smith notes.
“These reactions work like clockwork, so the skin temperature and the skin pH are constantly changing.”
“The difference between your body temperature and your body pH is your body thermo,” she continues.
“Your body temperature can be in the negative or positive range, and your skin pH can be up to about 2.5.”
You can learn more about HSV2 and the signs of HSV by clicking here.
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