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Can you get herpes of the eye?

Can you get herpes of the eye?

Yes: Both hsv1 and hsv2 as well as varicella zoster virus (VZV) can affect the eye. Common sites of infection are the cornea and retina. ...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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Can you get herpes in eye from small amount of spit hitting it from Someone taking to you?

Can you get herpes in eye from small amount of spit hitting it from Someone taking to you?

Not likely: First you may be surprised to know that most people have been infected with the herpes simplex I virus but only a small % of the people end up with cold sores. It is thus highly unlikely that you would get herpes from the spit. Herpes I is different from genital herpes which is herpes 2 which usually does not reside in the oral cavity. ...Read more

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How can you get rid of herpes virus in the eye and how long does it take ?

How can you get rid of herpes virus in the eye and how long does it take ?

Depends: Most herpes in the eye is on the eye in fact the cornea. Treatment is with topical antiviral drops with good effectiveness in most cases within about 5 days. Herpes can also affect the interior of the eye, but this is rare. It can also be treated with systemic antivirals. Treatment takes longer and there is a risk of visual loss in these cases. ...Read more

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What do you do if you get herpes in the eye?

What do you do if you get herpes in the eye?

See ophthalmologist: You need to be seen by and treated by an ophthalmologist. This may turn into or be a recurring problem. Take it seriously, you can permanently loose vision and possibly go blind from herpes to the eye. ...Read more

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How do you get herpes of the eye?

How do you get herpes of the eye?

Nasal or saliva: Herpes simplex type 1 is acquired casually through the nasal secretions or saliva of a family member or friend who is shedding the virus. It resides in the ganglia of nerves and may activate and shedd when immunity wanes such as during illness & stress. A cold sore of the lip is one location. The eye can be infected if the nerve going to the cornea is involved. This infection is not an STD. ...Read more

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Will Herpes Zoster go away permanently if I get a cornea transplant? And can I have lasik done on the eye as well?

Will Herpes Zoster go away permanently if I get a cornea transplant? And can I have lasik done on the eye as well?

Wrong question: H. Zoster heals in 3 to 5 weeks. Perhaps your question is about possible risk of Zoster due to a procedure. Ask the Dr who does the procedure. Also note means of protecting against it, typically valacyclovir. ...Read more

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What treatment do you get for a herpes viral infection of the eye?

What treatment do you get for a herpes viral infection of the eye?

Depends: If the infection is on the cornea (most common) topical Viroptic will be prescribed which is very effective for this. If the infection is recurrent, you may need adjunctive systemic antivirals. If the infection is in the back of the eye, systemic anti-virals are the only solution. So it depends on the type and history of the infection. ...Read more

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Can I get plastic surgery if I have Herpes Zoster in the eye? I want to have my nose and breasts done in the future , will it be possible?

Can I get plastic surgery if I have Herpes Zoster in the eye? I want to have my nose and breasts done in the future , will it be possible?

Zoster or simplex?: Do you mean herpes zoster (shingles) or herpes simplex? Zoster is unlikely to be a problem. Operations on the face and eyes can trigger reactivation of HSV1 in people with oral or facial herpes, usually (but not only) in people with known oral herpes (cold sores, etc). But this can be prevented with anti-herpes treatment if necessary. Breast surgery no problem. Discuss with your plastic surgeon. ...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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How soon can you tell if you have herpes in the eye? And what are the signs?

How soon can you tell if you have herpes in the eye? And what are the signs?

Need eye exam ASAP: Herpes of the eye can be a very serious problem. Symptoms can include redness , burning, itching of the eye. Tearing and blurry vision are also things to look for. If you think you have herpes of the eyes you need to see an ophthalmologist asap. ...Read more

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Will there ever be a cure for Herpes in the eye?

Will there ever be a cure for Herpes in the eye?

Nobody knows...: Most viral infections like herpes do not have a cure. Will there be one in the future? Nobody knows. I hope so. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Will there every be a cure for herpes in the eye?

Will there every be a cure for herpes in the eye?

Maybe: Researchers have been searching for ways to vaccinate people effectively against HSV and so far these trials have not been very effective. Since the virus is so embedded into the host cellular milieu, this is a formidable problem to solve. Nevertheless, prophylactic antivirals are usually very effective at preventing outbreaks. ...Read more

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What are the best Antiviral medicine to take to help clear up herpes in the eye?

What are the best Antiviral medicine to take to help clear up herpes in the eye?

See your doctor: Herpes infections in the eye are considered to be very serious and so I think it best to see either your primary doctor or an eye doctor for treatment recommendations Here is a fact sheet on herpes eye infections http://patient.info/health/herpes-simplex-eye-infection ...Read more

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

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

Won't help: If you have active herpes in the eye, you need an antiviral medication, not an antihistamine. If you have 'dendrites', make sure you don't use anything with steroids. It will make it worse. Either way, i hope you're seeing an eye doc. ...Read more

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Can any doctor diagnose herpes of the eye or only an opthamologist?

Can any doctor diagnose herpes of the eye or only an opthamologist?

Slit lamp exam: Doctors who have a slit lamp can diagnose herpetic eye infections. Here, that would include the ophthalmologists and er docs. ...Read more

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Is Predforte eye drops usually used to treat Shingles (herpes zoster) in the eye?

Is Predforte eye drops usually used to treat Shingles (herpes zoster) in the eye?

Yes but:: The standard approach to herpes zoster ophthalmicus includes oral antiviral therapy (acyclovir, valacyclovir, or famciclovir) to limit VZV replication, and the use adjunctive topical steroid drops to reduce the inflammatory response and control immune-associated keratitis and iritis ...Read more

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What is the best Antiviral medicine to treat herpes conjunctivitis in the eye? and will my eye ever be white and clear again?

What is the best Antiviral medicine to treat  herpes conjunctivitis in the eye? and will my eye ever  be white and clear again?

Herpetic conjunctivi: The most common medications used for herpetic conjunctivitis or keratitis are acyclovir and valacyclovir pills. There are also eye drops, like trifluridine that some MDs prescribe, but they are used for a very short time frame. I find the pills to be best. You may be prescribed antibiotic drops to prevent superinfection on top it, but it depends. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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