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A 36-year-old member asked:

Can herpes cause baby problems?

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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 33 years experience
Herpes and pregnancy: A mother can infect her baby during delivery, often fatally. But if a woman had genital herpes before getting pregnant, or if she is first infected early in pregnancy, the chance that her baby will be infected is very low -- less than 1%. Women with genital herpes are examined carefully for any symptoms before giving birth. If sores or signs that an outbreak is coming a c-section is done.
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Can herpes cause problems on other parts of the body?
Dr. Robert Jackson
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Yes: You can get herpes on virtually any body part. It always causes irritation at the site it appears at.
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Dr. Monib Zirvi
Dr. Monib Zirvi commented
Dermatology 22 years experience
In addition, very rarely, patients may get unusual immune reactions to herpetic infections including hives and erythema multiforme minor
May 26, 2013
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