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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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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 generally caused by the herpes simplex virus 1 which is related to herpes simplex virus 2 that causes genital herpes. Cold sores are very contagious and can be spread by mouth to mouth contact. They can spread to the genitalia and cause genital ...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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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 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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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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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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Herpes Simplex (Definition)

Herpes simplex is a virus that causes a blistering skin rash. Herpes simplex virus (HSV) type 1 usually causes cold sores in the mouth but can infect other organs such as the eye and the brain. HSV type 2 ...Read more