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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

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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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

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I had herpes on my eye 2011, And through out yrs I've had it like 7 more times. Rite now no, but my eye is always watery and doesn't stop : (?

I had herpes on my eye 2011, And through out yrs I've had it like 7 more times. Rite now no, but my eye is always watery and doesn't stop : (?

Hypersensitivity: Many areas of our bodies can be affected by infection, blunt trauma, or burns and be changed and be made or sensitive with less tolerance to our environment. There usually is no cure but may improve over time. I would follow up with good ophthalmologist. Fair well! ...Read more

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Having a herpes ob near eye?

Having a herpes ob near eye?

Herpes and Eyes!: Ouch! Hopefully this is not a shingles outbreak and is just a herpes outbreak. You need to be on treatment as soon as possible. This would be an anti-viral such as Acyclovir or val-acylovir. But, anything like this close to your eye would warrant an urgent visit with your physician or even the emergency room if the pain is intolerable. ...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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Is it unusual to be infected with a form of ocular herpes (eye herpes)?

No: Its not uncommon to have ocular herpes simplex virus of the eye. The good news is that there are many new medicines, both in eye drop form and orally that can control most infections. You would do well to see a corneal specialist to help make the diagnosis and have their guidance thereafter. ...Read more

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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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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