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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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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

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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

No: Most of the time, hsv1 (human herpes virus, type 1) is an annoyance. By the way, most people acquires hsv1 during their childhood. ...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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Is it true that the herpes simplex infection deadly?

Is it true that the herpes simplex infection deadly?

See below: If a neonate has an infection of the central nervous system there can be complications, and maybe life threatening. Otherwise, no. ...Read more

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Is getting a herpes outbreak during labor life threatening for the baby?

Is getting a herpes outbreak during labor life threatening for the baby?

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 more

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Can you tell me is herpes simplex infection deadly?

Can you tell me is herpes simplex infection deadly?

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

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Is herpes really dangerous to your health? Is it a life threatening as the other STDs and HIV?

Is herpes really dangerous to your health? Is it a life threatening as the other STDs and HIV?

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

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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?

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

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How long does it take for herpes or any other sextual transmited diseases to show in your blood!? Plz its really important

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

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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?

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 more

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Is there any other diseases that mimic's herpes?

Is there any other diseases that mimic's herpes?

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

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Could sixth disease mean I have herpes?

Could sixth disease mean I have herpes?

Yes but...: The sixth disease is caused by human herpes virus type VI and often result in high fever with rash in young children. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have an autoimmune disease, contract herpes & receive symptoms a year later?

Is it possible to have an autoimmune disease, contract herpes & receive symptoms a year later?

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 more

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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

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

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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?

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?

It does...: Although some organisms can penetrate intact skin herpes does not. The herpes virus infects by coming into contact with a mucus membrane like the mouth, vaginal canal or the male urethra. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Is herpes encephalitis a contagious diseases?

Is herpes encephalitis a contagious diseases?

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

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Can you tell me is herpes simplex a dangerous disease?

Can you tell me is herpes simplex a dangerous disease?

Usually not: Herpes simplex usually causes cold sores but it can cause infections of other parts of the body. When it infects the brain, it can be fatal. Fortunately this is rare. Most adults are infected with herpes simplex. ...Read more