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Can herpes simplex type 2 travel to my eye or brain?

Can herpes simplex type 2 travel to my eye or brain?

It sounds...: ...As if someone (or some web site) has been frightening you with weird anecdotal stories. The herpes virus mostly causes blisters on the surface of the skin. It can infect other organs (including the eye and brain), but only in rare and unusual circumstances, such as newborn babies infected at birth, or debilitated patients with deficient immune systems. ...Read more

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Herpes Simplex (Definition)

Herpes Simplex virus 1 & 2 can be a cause of sexually transmitted diseases or sometimes oral/oral contact. Herpes Simplex 1: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/cold-sore/basics/definition/con-20021310 & ...Read more


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Can herpes simplex type 2 travel to the eye and cause damage?

Can herpes simplex type 2 travel to the eye and cause damage?

Yes: Herpes simplex virus (hsv) can cause infections and inflammation of the skin around the eye, the cornea, the conjunctiva and in rare cases the retina. If you suspect any of these conditions see your eye doctor immediately. ...Read more

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Dose the sore a cause genital herpes and behçet's disease look like the same? Can the doctor diagnose them by eye ?

Dose the sore a cause genital herpes and behçet's disease look like the same? Can the doctor diagnose them by eye ?

Yes: The lesions of both conditions can look similar. Herpes is by far the most likely of the two. A dermatologist can help determine if behcet's is possible. So the answer to your last question is both yes and no. Behcet's is uncommon and can be a little more difficult to diagnose if your doctor has never seen it before. ...Read more

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How to tell if i'm affected by HSV 1 and 2 virus or HIV virus?

How to tell if i'm affected by HSV 1 and 2 virus or HIV virus?

The best test: For past exposure to hsv is specific antibody but does not predict getting active lesions or not. Dx from lesions can be made by viral culture. Hiv is screened for by antibody as well and the virus RNA can be tested for in the blood. ...Read more

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Can you use a viral culture on ocular HSV that does not show dendrites or lesions in the fluorescein blue-light test, presenting with eyelid pain?

Can you use a viral culture on ocular HSV that does not show dendrites or lesions in the fluorescein blue-light test, presenting with eyelid pain?

Yes: I am slightly confused by the question but it sounds like you want to know if such a clinical presentation can be cultured to see if HSV is present. That is certainly possible if the culture is taken prior to any treatment having been given. ...Read more

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How contagious can type 2 herpes can be and spreads to other family members ?Its asymptomatic one , any preventions ?

How contagious can type 2 herpes can be and spreads to other family members ?Its asymptomatic one , any preventions ?

Lesions contagious : You are most contagious when lesions are present and exposed. It is best transmitted via the mucous membranes, oral or genital, even if asymptomatic. Be well. ...Read more

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Can having herpes virus 1 and 2 affect you neurologicaly?

Can having herpes virus 1 and 2 affect you neurologicaly?

Not really...: The way you ask the question, I assume you mean some sort of chronic neurological problem. The answer is a definite no; HSV doesn't do that. Recurrent outbreaks can be preceded by "prodrome" of tingling or pain, which has a neurological origin. And rarely HSV2 can cause recurrent outbreaks of the membranes covering the brain, with recurrent aseptic meningitis. Otherwise no neurological worries. ...Read more

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Can someone infected with HSV either type 1 or type 2 donate blood yearly? Is it contagious other than being it a skin disease? Can HSV be lethal?Thnx

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Can someone infected with HSV either type 1 or type 2 donate blood yearly? Is it contagious other than being it a skin disease? Can HSV be lethal?Thnx

Yes: Hsv infection is not a contraindication to blood donation; most of the population has hsv 1, so that would be very problematic. The vast majority of the time it is a skin disease, but in the elderly, already sick , or immunosuppressed, it can become invasive and cause things like meningitis or hepatitis, or diffuse disseminated disease - this can be lethal. ...Read more

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Can my baby get herpes simplex from her head being in close proximity to a cold sore? Also, how long can the virus live on skin?

Can my baby get herpes simplex from her head being in close proximity to a cold sore? 
Also, how long can the virus live on skin?

Be very careful!: Herpes can be very dangerous in newborns up to age 1 month. HSV is transmitted by direct contact with infected sores or tissues. No kissing her until healed, and frequently wash hands or use alcohol gel (like Purel®), especially after touching your face. "Head in close proximity" probably isn't a risk. You might take anti-HSV Rx (e.g. valacyclovir). Discuss all this with the baby's pediatrcian ...Read more

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Can my baby get herpes simplex from her head being in close proximity to a cold sore? Also, how long can the virus live on skin?

Can my baby get herpes simplex from her head being in close proximity to a cold sore? 
Also, how long can the virus live on skin?

Yes possible: Herpes ( simplex ) is contagious disease , possible to get infected by constant contact . Once infected will stay in the body for ever. ...Read more

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How to remove scarring from cornea from herpes zoster? Also, what type of vision correcting surgery can I do when I have herpes zoster (shingles)?

How to remove scarring from cornea from herpes zoster? Also, what type of vision correcting surgery can I do when I have herpes zoster (shingles)?

Few Options: Scars from Zoster can run deep, making removing them very difficult without damaging the rest of the cornea. Vision correcting surgery (LASIK,PRK, etc.) are not indicated nor useful for corneal scars. If the scar is not in the center of vision it is left alone; if it is severely affecting you, a corneal transplant may be the only option. ...Read more

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What problems can genital herpes type 2 cause for a newborn?

What problems can genital herpes type 2 cause for a newborn?

Death or disability: The fetus is ge nerally protected by fetal membranesfrom exposure during pregnancy.During delivery, the newborn can acquire the virus as it is shead from the genital walls.Some will have skin leasions(blisters), but a more devistating problem occurs as the germ migrates to the brain to cause encephalitis.Death or major disability are possibile.Ob's opt for cs delivery if possible to avoid this. ...Read more

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Can you get herpes 2 from sharing a cigarette while having a cut on your tongue with someone who has herpes 2 in mouth and genital areas?

Can you get herpes 2 from sharing a cigarette while having a cut on your tongue with someone who has herpes 2 in mouth and genital areas?

Yes: If the person whose cigarette you are sharing has active lesions then you definitely are at risk. Even if this person doesn't have active lesions he/she might be shedding virus and can be contagious. It is best to not share cigs, or maybe consider quitting. ...Read more

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painful scab inside the nose NOT from lupus or herpes? How to treat, when to see Dr? Neosporin ok?

painful scab inside the nose NOT from lupus or herpes? How to treat,  when to see Dr? Neosporin ok?

4 DAYS NEOSPORIN: GIVE IT ONLY 4 DAYS IF NO IMPROVEMENT SEE ENT DOCTOR. DONOT TRY TO PEEL IT OFF YOURSELF ...Read more

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Can i get an easy to understand explanation of the herpes simplex virus type 1 (oral not genital)?

Can i get an easy to understand explanation of the herpes simplex virus type 1 (oral not genital)?

Most cold sores: Are caused by herpes simplex virus type 1. However, less often herpes simplex virus type 2 - can cause oral lesions. ...Read more

Herpes (Definition)

There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...Read more


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Cold Sore (Definition)

Also referred to as fever blisters, cold sores are small and painful fluid-filled blisters that are usually found around the lips. Cold sores are very contagious and can be spread by mouth-to-mouth contact and to the genitals, causing genital ...Read more