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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

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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Is genital herpes and eye herpes the same thing?

Is genital herpes and eye herpes the same thing?

Yes and no: They are obviously very different problems, but the same viruses (herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2) cause both. Genital herpes is acquired sexually, i.e. it's an STD; ocular (eye) herpes usually is not. Ocular herpes can be very dangerous if not promptly treated, destroying the cornea and causing blindness. It's usually very painful. If you suspect it, see a doctor immediately. ...Read more

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Can you spread herpes to eye (end healing stage) by just touching your eye while infected or is it only if you've touched your cold sore beforehand?

Can you spread herpes to eye (end healing stage) by just touching your eye while infected  or is it only if you've touched your cold sore beforehand?

Notice this: Cold sores are very common. Herpes in the eye is rare. Your immunity does not destroy dormant virus in a nerve, but contains it otherwise so it remains localized to the area of 1 nerve. So the cold sore comes back to the same place but only that place. Prescription Acyclovir or valacyclovir taken at the prodrome (initial tingling) will attenuate the symptoms. The pill is also used as a daily dose. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get herpes in my eye?

Is it possible to get herpes in my eye?

Yes : Herpes can cause an eye infection in 2 different ways, at least. If someone is directly exposed to the virus in the eye, it can cause an infection like pink eye. However, it can also erupt on the eye like a fever blister does from an infected nerve long after the intial exposure. This can be treated with antiviral eye drops, but can lead to corneal scarring and vision loss. Get an exam if exposed. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get herpes around your eye area?

Is it possible to get herpes around your eye area?

Yes: Type 1 HSV is more common around the eye. This is the same virus that causes cold sores. It behaves like any herpes virus with recurrences, and if it involves the eyeball or cornea can lead to serious vision loss. ...Read more

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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

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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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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 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