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Could Herpes Cause Other Problems
Yes: Herpes is very complicated. Simply put, there are essentially two types: cold sores (type i) and genital herpes (type ii). In patients with weak immune systems, herpes can cause ulcers in the esophagus, encephalitis (brain inflammation) and neurological disorders to name a few. In relatively healthy adults, an annoying cold sore or painful genital outbreaks can occur occassionally. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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. ...Read more
Herpes genitalis: Once you have this virus you have it for life. You were infected once and have had a recurrence, not a reinfection. You will have to ask your future partner whether they have been infected or are willing to become infected in the future. Whether it becomes a problem will depend upon the situation. ...Read more
If someone has shingles and catches herpes does catching herpes cause them any major problems they are on medication for shingles?
Yes : Genital herpes can be problematic for pregnant women because of the possibility of vertical transmission during vaginal delivery. This is why women with vaginal herpes outbreaks require c-sections, and suppressive therapy around the time of delivery is used to prevent outbreaks. Neonatal herpes can lead to infection to the baby's skin, eyes, mouth, or central nervous system. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Primary outbreak: A first time infection with herpes during pregnancy is very serious since the virus can go from your blood stream through the placenta and cause an infection of the baby which can then cause long-term damage. Secondary or recurrent infections with HSV do not infect the baby unless you are actively shedding virus at the time of a vaginal delivery. Medications can minimize that risk. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can herpes 1 in and under my nose have had aneffect on my brain and cause memory impairment and concentration problems for the last 5 years? Tests?
No: Type i herpes can cause a fatal brain infection (hsv-1 encephalitis) unless it is treated aggressively with IV acyclovir. To have problem 5 years from an infection points to other potential causes, . A viral culture from the lesion and a hsv-1 pcr from the spinal fluid will help diagnose this illness, and help clarify that your diagnosis is from another virus such as hsv-2 (aka mollaret's). ...Read more
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