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Herpes Mortality Rate
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
I have had hsv-1 since I was a kid. I did not know it was caused from herpes. Is it life threatening? I'm scared
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes, it can be: Because herpes simplex infections in newborns and very young babies can be life-threatening, mothers with genital herpes outbreaks in labor can be safely delivered by c-section. Herpes in a newborn can spread all through the baby's body, including the brain. In the brain, the virus causes encephalitis, with seizures, lethargy, brain damage, and even death. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Dreaded Herpes (HSV): That depends. If your immune systems intact hsv is usually an annoyance. Rarely it can get into the brain ; cause encephalitis in wh/case it is very deadly. Needs aggressive tx w/high doses of IV antiviral agents ; even if successful can leave long term c/o. In people w/altered immunity (cancers, late hiv, transplants) hsv can be very deadly (disseminate, super infect w/bact, resistant infn). ...Read more
Herpes: If your immune system is ok then not life threatening. But you will have it forever. You will be at risk for passing it to your partner forever (whether you have active lesions or not...the old thought that if I do not have active lesions, you are not infectious is false). You can help prevent outbreaks with medicine, can treat outbreaks with medicine, but you cannot at this time cure it. ...Read more
Saw something on tv today about herpes infection killing babies. Is this complete lies? I thought herpes was just a rash and NOT DEADLY at all?
Reality bites: A baby born to a mother during her first herpes outbreak has a significant risk of developing herpes encephalitis and dying or ending up with severe brain damage. That risk drops significantly for recurrent outbreaks but some have c-section deliveries to avoid any risk. I've cared for these babies born to mothers who were not aware of the problem. A brain damaged baby is not what they wanted. ...Read more
How long does it take for herpes or any other sextual transmited diseases to show in your blood!? Plz its really important
Herpes: It takes about 2 to 6 weeks for an antibody response to develop to a clinically measurable level. The variation depends somewhat on which type of antibody (igm or igg) the particular test method is measuring. However not all stds are diagnosed by a blood test. Some of them need clinical symptoms. See your doctor if you are worried. ...Read more
My partner has herpes but has not had an outbreak for 1 and 1/2 years. He claims he has never transmitted the disease. How at risk am I of herpes?
It's contagious, and: Herpes is contagious, and one cannot tell when she will catch it. When a person catches it, it stays in the body forever. The antibody test is a blood test and can tell if a person already has Herpes type 1, Herpes type 2, or both types. Both persons can do the test to see who has what. An infected person can consider medication to help prevent infecting his or her uninfected partner. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends...: ...on what you mean by "mimics". Many things can cause some herpes-like symptoms: oral impetigo, minor pimples, folliculitis, syphilis, some yeast infections, various kinds of dermatitis, and more. But almost no mimics if symptoms are typical: blisters/sores, esp. If recurrent and in clusters, sometimes inflamed nodes in the groin, heal in 1-2 weeks. Typical or not, see doctor for exam, testing. ...Read more
No: Not as far as I know.Get a more detailed answer ›
Yes, it's possible: Herpes can first cause symptoms a year or more after being infected, especially if the symptoms are mild -- i.e. just a few localized sores, no fever, no inflamed lymph nodes. With multiple lesions, inflamed nodes, etc, you can assume the infection was caught within 3 weeks before symptoms started, usually 3-10 days. All this can happen either with or without an autoimmune disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If I have herpes antibodies in my blood. Does that mean than I now have a uncurable disease that is herpes? Please and thank you
Maybe yes: Positive HSV blood test means the person is infected, and HSV infections last for life. Half of all adults in the US are positive for HSV type 1, due mostly to oral herpes since childhood, often with no syjmptoms. If HSV2, it is genital. However, the blood test isn't perfect; whether you are infected depends on the exact numerical result. Discuss w/ your doc or see infectious disease specialist. ...Read more
I have herpes like symptoms on my genitals. But type 1 and type 2 tests both came negative. Can it be wrong? What else can this disease be?
If skin is a protective barrier, why doesn't it protect you from herpes or other diseases? How do they infect if they're in contact with dead skin cell?
I was diagnosed as a child with 6th disease (a type of herpes virus) I can have flare up on different places of my body, but haven't had a flare up in?
Exanthema subitum: Hhv6 and hhv7 can cause high fever in healthy infant (9-12month) followed by rash (small blanchable pink macules and papules on trunk and neck). Self limited course with rare sequelae. Virus persists thru the life of the patient. Reactivation age 10 - 43 may result in pitryriasis rosea which is c;haracterized by fine scaling papules andplaques with marginal collarette on trunk, arms and legs. ...Read more
Depends on situation: The transmission of the herpes simplex virus is possible from active skin or mucous membrane sores if present. If none are present, the child is not considered contagious. A close examination of all skin surfaces should be done frequently in the early treatment phase as these can be elusive. Good hand washing & contact isolation will limit any spread from active lesions. ...Read more