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Herpes And Eye
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
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
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 : (?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It can be: Treated by there is not a 'cure'. ...Read more
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