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I am having cold sores (herpes simplex 1) from a blood transfusion as an infant in 1980?

I am having cold sores (herpes simplex 1) from a blood transfusion as an infant in 1980?

Other sources: 80-90% of all adults are positive for the antibodies against herpes simplex 1, meaning they have had an active infection sometime in the past. Given these really high numbers for the general population, one does not need to invoke that a blood transfusion that happened as an infant was the cause. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Herpes Simplex (Definition)

Herpes Simplex virus 1 & 2 can be a cause of sexually transmitted diseases or sometimes oral/oral contact. Herpes Simplex 1: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/cold-sore/basics/definition/con-20021310 & ...Read more


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Is herpes simplex infection deadly to baby?

Is herpes simplex infection deadly to baby?

Neonatal Herpes: About 10% of infants born to mothers with active HSV will develop nnh with blood invasion by the virus, enlargement of internal organs, encephalitis & death or permanent disability. Recognition of the problem & planned delivery before the rupture of fetal membranes has a protective effect & bypasses the primary exposure. Even women without active lesions have had infants develop nnh. ...Read more

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How do I deal with mouth herpes simplex? I want to kiss my baby.

How do I deal with mouth herpes simplex? I want to kiss my baby.

Risk/benefit: Many cultural practices are just that, a practice that represents something. Kissing your baby could put them in the hospital, so your thinking brain needs to decide that your emotional brain needs to wait. If you are lucky you can have most of your life to kiss on the kid, when the HS is not active. ...Read more

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Toddler at home, baby in nicu with neonatal herpes simplex 1?

Toddler at home, baby in nicu with neonatal herpes simplex 1?

Probably safe: Sorry about your neonate. Your toddler has almost certainly been exposed and infected, whether symptomatically or not, with the same virus. They are highly unlikely to be at significant risk. ...Read more

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Which problems can genital herpes (herpes simplex ii) cause for a newborn baby?

Which problems can genital herpes (herpes simplex ii) cause for a newborn baby?

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 more

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Can my baby get herpes simplex from her head being in close proximity to a cold sore? Also, how long can the virus live on skin?

Can my baby get herpes simplex from her head being in close proximity to a cold sore? 
Also, how long can the virus live on skin?

Yes possible: Herpes ( simplex ) is contagious disease , possible to get infected by constant contact . Once infected will stay in the body for ever. ...Read more

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Can my baby get herpes simplex from her head being in close proximity to a cold sore? Also, how long can the virus live on skin?

Can my baby get herpes simplex from her head being in close proximity to a cold sore? 
Also, how long can the virus live on skin?

Be very careful!: Herpes can be very dangerous in newborns up to age 1 month. HSV is transmitted by direct contact with infected sores or tissues. No kissing her until healed, and frequently wash hands or use alcohol gel (like PurelĀ®), especially after touching your face. "Head in close proximity" probably isn't a risk. You might take anti-HSV Rx (e.g. valacyclovir). Discuss all this with the baby's pediatrcian ...Read more

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My husbnd has Herpes Simplex type 1. IgG test Result 9.27.I have delivered baby very recently. Will the virus attack my baby? Does it mean no sex life

My husbnd has Herpes Simplex type 1. IgG test Result 9.27.I have delivered baby very recently. Will the virus attack my baby? Does it mean no sex life

Likely none of these: Almost all adult have been infected with herpes type 1. It usually causes cold sores, though it can cause genital infection and other serious infections also. You are in all likelihood already infected and it should not interfere with your sex life. Consult you baby's doctor if there are any issues about the baby. ...Read more

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I m 8 weeks pregnant, and having IgG +ve.For rubella, cytomegalo virus and herpes simplex virus....Is it affects my baby?

I m 8 weeks pregnant, and having IgG +ve.For rubella, cytomegalo virus and herpes simplex virus....Is it affects my baby?

Actually good news: The tests mean you have immunity to those germs and your baby is not at risk from an infection from any of those mentioned. Any germ on that list could infect a mom for their first time during pregnancy & cause a miscarriage, birth defects or worse. This is not a guarantee everything will go well for the pregnancy, but it is good news just the same. ...Read more

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I m 23 weeks pregnant, and having IgG +ve.For rubella, cytomegalo virus and herpes simplex virus....Is it affects my baby?

I m 23 weeks pregnant, and having IgG +ve.For rubella, cytomegalo virus and herpes simplex virus....Is it affects my baby?

Unclear.: If you test positive for igg for those three diseases at 23 weeks, then it is unknown what the implications are. The tests tell you that you have had prior infection with hsv and cmv, and that you either had a prior infection with rubella or you were vaccinated for it. The tests do not tell you when, so it is possible you were infected with one of these early in your pregnancy. ...Read more

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What is herpes simplex 6?

What is herpes simplex 6?

Human herpesvirus 6: You probably don't mean herpes simplex, but human herpesvirus 6 (HHV6). It's one of 9 human herpesviruses, including herpes simpex virus types 1 and 2, Epstein Barr virus (EBV), cytomegalovirus (CMV), and the numbered HHV series. HHV6 causes the common childhood rash called roseola, or exanthem subitum. There has been controversy about a link to multiple sclerosis, but probably not real. ...Read more

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Can I have herpes simplex 2?

Can I have herpes simplex 2?

Possibly.: Local symptoms from a herpes simplex 2 infection are usually is seen 2 to 12 days after exposure ; consists of a cluster of lesions that look like blisters. The lesions can appear on the penis, anus, labia or cervix ; they can spread, coalesce followed by crusting over. The fluid in the lesions is very contagious. Some people contract herpes simplex 2 without symptoms. ...Read more

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Why did i get herpes simplex-1?

Why did i get herpes simplex-1?

Possibly from : Kissing. It is a common infection that is the most frequent cause of cold sores. ...Read more

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Could you be born with herpes simplex?

Could you be born with herpes simplex?

Yes: An infant could acquire herpes infection when traveling through the birth canal. Contracting herpes in the uterus is much rarer. ...Read more

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Could you help with herpes simplex aids ?

Could you help with herpes simplex aids ?

Herpes Simplex : ; aids/hiv are two different entities. Can you please clarify specifically what your question is and re-ask. ...Read more

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How can I know if u have herpes simplex 1?

Medical evaluation: Cold sores are painful liquid filled blisters that can occur on the lips, roof of the mouth or the gums which are usually caused by the herpes simplex virus (hsv-1). Tingling ;/or pain can herald the oncoming of cold sore 1 to 2 days prior to eruption. Hsv-1 can also cause genital lesions. See your dr or an std clinic for accurate assessment ; lab testing. ...Read more

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Could herpes simplex 1, turn into herpes 2?

Could herpes simplex 1, turn into herpes 2?

NO: One does not morph into the other. But genital herpes can move to normal location of cold sores ; vice versa. ...Read more

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How precise is serology for herpes simplex?

How precise is serology for herpes simplex?

Accurate: Serology testing for herpes is very accurate and precise with false negative results highest during the early portion of infection. ...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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Cold Sore (Definition)

Also referred to as fever blisters, cold sores are small, painful fluid-filled blisters that are usually found around the lips. Cold sores are very contagious and can be spread by mouth to mouth contact and can spread to the genitalia and cause genital ...Read more