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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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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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Please help! what happens if you have herpes simplex type 2 and get them in your eyes?

Please help! what happens if you have herpes simplex type 2 and get them in your eyes?

Seek help: Herpes simplex infections of the eye can be very serious, causing anything from irritation to blindness. It requires the special care and attention of an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Could herpes simplex virus eat holes in your brain?

Could herpes simplex virus eat holes in your brain?

Herpes: The herpes simplex virus has been implicated in one of the causes of encephalitis, which is often a fatal disease. It can cause tissue necrosis of the brain, particularly at the temporal lobes. It is suspected though, that the injury to the brain tissue may actually be immune mediated (meaning the body's immune system actually causes this). ...Read more

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Mucus draining from eye for 6 days. Doesn't hurt and not red. Have a long history of herpes simplex in this eye so can't tell if my vision has changed?

Mucus draining from eye for 6 days. Doesn't hurt and not red. Have a long history of herpes simplex in this eye so can't tell if my vision has changed?

Either can I: It sounds like an eye infection.Clean away mucus with a solution of 50% warm water with a 50% diluted baby soap or baby shampoo. You may need prescription eye drops or oral antibiotics- please get examined today. If there is no blistering rash ,I doubt that this is herpes simplex. ...Read more

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Could you use antihistamine eye drops for irritation due to herpes simplex in the eye?

Could you use antihistamine eye drops for irritation due to herpes simplex in the eye?

Not recommended.: Wouldn't help. Antivirals and possibly topical steroids may be indicated, if seen by an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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I've got a rash on my forehead between my eyes and on my nose. Is that a typical symptom of herpes simplex?

I've got a rash on my forehead between my eyes and on my nose. Is that a typical symptom of herpes simplex?

No: The most common condition affecting these areas in the way you describe is rosacea. You could also have shingles (zoster) . Check with your ophthalmologist to rule out or treat these conditions. H simplex usually causes a very localized wet blistery lesion on the skin rather than a rash. ...Read more

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What is herpes simplex of the eye, ? How do you get it, how can you cure it ? Can it cause mucas in the throat and coughing?

What is herpes simplex of the eye, ? How do you get it, how can you cure it ? Can it cause mucas in the throat and coughing?

Very Serious!: Herpes simplex is the virus that causes oral "fever blisters". It is highly contagious and can be transmitted to the eye or other mucosal surfaces ( ie vagina) with contact. If you think, or have been told you have it in the eye , this is an ophthalmologic emergency and you should see an ophthalmologist immediately as it can cause permanent scarring and blindness. Go see the doctor today! ...Read more

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What's the difference between pink eye and herpes viral infection of the eye? Can you get either one from herpes simplex on the lips?

What's the difference between pink eye and herpes viral infection of the eye? Can you get either one from herpes simplex on the lips?

Different virus: Although the term "pink eye" is somewhat vague, it typically refers to an infection caused by adenovirus, is quite common, and highly contagious. Herpes simplex is also a virus which can cause an eye infection, is much less common, and can potentially be much more serious. You will need to see your eye md to distinguish the two. ...Read more

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Herpes simplex one on head of my penis? Not sure who gave it to me, but should I confront the one with cold sore?

Herpes simplex one on head of my penis? Not sure who gave it to me, but should I confront the one with cold sore?

Herpes: Herpes is a viral infection of the skin. It always comes the first time from another person. Herpes on your penis could come from your penis contacting the virus in a woman's vagina, or a persons mouth or anus, or even their hand. It doesn't pay to confront anyone about where your infection came from, and you should use condoms for sexual activity. Herpes can be treated easily with pills, or cream. ...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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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 PurelĀ®), 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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What are the chances to transmit herpes simplex type 2 if i don't ejaculate and have no blisters or symptoms? Without condom!

What are the chances to transmit herpes simplex type 2 if i don't ejaculate and have no blisters or symptoms? Without condom!

Possible: Ejaculation is not necessary, nor are visible sores always present when you shed the virus. Having direct contact with the penis is enough to pass the virus. See: http://www.Cdc.Gov/std/herpes/stdfact-herpes.Htm. ...Read more

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What are the chances of a man with sickle cell anemia catching herpes simplex type 2 from someone that is not having an outbreak?

What are the chances of a man with sickle cell anemia catching herpes simplex type 2 from someone that is not having an outbreak?

Not zero: Sickle cell anemia plays no role in this situation. The key point is that some individuals that have been infected with herpes simplex virus can have asymptomatic shedding of virus, even when not having an outbreak. ...Read more

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How far is the cure for herpes simplex type 2?

How far is the cure for herpes simplex type 2?

Not soon: Because most people with "herpes" become pretty much immune after a few years, there is little incentive for drug companies to invest in vaccine at this time. Research does go on. Slowly. ...Read more

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I am 28 year old female ... m married and miscarriage because of rubella IgG ... and now reports showed that m having herpes simplex type 2 IgM 2.50?

I am 28 year old female ... m married and miscarriage  because of rubella IgG ... and now reports showed that m having herpes simplex type 2 IgM 2.50?

What's the question?: The presence of rubella IgG means that you were protected against rubella and thus it was not the cause for your miscarriage. Assuming the HSV2 is positive, you will need to talk to your OB doctor regarding this issue even though I am not aware that this is causing miscarriage. I still don't understand your question however. ...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, 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 can spread to the genitalia and cause genital ...Read more