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Is herpes simplex related to erythema multiforme?

Is herpes simplex related to erythema multiforme?

Yes, sometimes: Erythema multiforme minor is an allergic reaction that looks like a bad case of hives but the bumps don't go away for days. Em minor is not serious. It is usually due to medicine allergies, such as penicillins or sulfa drugs. It can also be due to a reaction to an infection such as herpes simplex. However, em major (stevens johnson rash) is serious and usually due to drug allergies, not infection. ...Read more

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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 geographic tongue related to herpes simplex virus or another virus?

Is geographic tongue related to herpes simplex virus or another virus?

No: The cause is unknown. As it tends to run in families, there may be a genetic or familial link. Some suspect an alteration in the immune response as many patient who have psoriasis also have a geographic tongue. To my knowledge, there has been no link to virus as the cause. More info at http://www.Aaomp.Org/public/geographic-tongue.Php. ...Read more

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What is a secondary herpes simplex infection?

What is a secondary herpes simplex infection?

Recurrence: When you contract the virus from someone else, that is a primary infection and the virus remains in the nerve root corresponding to the area of infection. Later in life the virus may travel down the nerve and cause new lesions. This is called a secondary infection. It can happen one or more times in a lifetime. A cold sore on the lip is such a secondary infection. ...Read more

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Is blister the most characteristic symptomof a herpes simplex infection?

Is blister the most characteristic symptomof a herpes simplex infection?

Yes.: To be specific, a cluster of small, painful blisters (which sometimes look like pustules) on a red base is the most characteristic herpes simplex lesion. ...Read more

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Is there a link between Herpes Simplex Virus that causes a Herpetic Whitlow and The chicken pox virus?

Is there a link between Herpes Simplex Virus that causes a Herpetic Whitlow and The chicken pox virus?

Herpes cousins: Actually yes indeed. The virus that causes herpetic whitlow- usually HSV-1 (but sometimes HSV-2) is related to the same virus that causes chicken pox. We call that virus VZV or varicella zoster virus. These viruses are found in the 'herpes' family of viruses. Great observation. I hope though you're not suffering too badly from these nasty viruses. There is a chickenpox vaccine out there BTW. ...Read more

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Is it true that herpes simplex 1 contagious without an outbreak?

Is it true that herpes simplex 1 contagious without an outbreak?

Yes, but less so: All those infected with either herpes simplex 1 or 2 (oral/genital) constantly shed the virus & can give it to someone without an active lesion. However, you are more likely to get it when there is an active lesion since there is a higher level of the virus being shed. Most people acquire hsv1 but rarely or never have sores. There are meds your md or dmd can give to reduce freuency & severity. ...Read more

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Can acyclovir treat vestibular neuritis caused by a virus other than herpes?Is this form of herpes as bad as genital herpes? Is it contagious?

Can acyclovir treat vestibular neuritis caused by a virus other than herpes?Is this form of herpes as bad as genital herpes? Is it contagious?

NO: This is a term for what is thought to be a viral induced infection of the balance mechanism of the inner ear. It is not a specific virus is most cases. It is not treated with acyclovir. See your doctor is this problem is occurring or persistent. ...Read more

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Is the herpes simplex virus related to the coxsackie virus?

Is the herpes simplex virus related to the coxsackie virus?

No: Coxackie virus is an enterovirus ( like polio and echo virus) belongs to the Picornaviridae family. (RNA virus) Because it causes Herpangina, people may think is herpes, however it has nothing to do with Herpes. The herpes virus belongs to the Herpesviridae family (like chickenpox, zoster virus etc.). (DNA virus) ...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 lichen simplex chronicus a disease or an abnormal response to itching?

Is lichen simplex chronicus a disease or an abnormal response to itching?

It's a condition: The skin condition (not disease) is caused simply enough by chronic scratching which comes about usually by chronic itching and it's a vicious cycle. The itching can be caused by things such as insect bites, psoriasis, or anything else that leads to a dermatitis. Treatment is stop scratching. Easier said than done in most cases. Here's a good link to help you: http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/ency/imagepages/1562.Htm. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is herpes simplex virus type 1 very common?

Can you tell me is herpes simplex virus type 1 very common?

Not uncommon: Although hsv 1 infections occur worldwide, in the United States there are about 500, 000 primary hsv 1 infections every year. Most clinical presentations are not serious, if the patient has a normal immune system. ...Read more

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Please advise what is different between herpes zoster and herpes simplex?

Herpes Zoster is : Related to shingles and herpes simplex is related to cold sores and genital infections (but can be else where on the body.). ...Read more

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Could you die from herpes labialis which is caused by the herpes simplex virus.?

Could you die from herpes labialis which is caused by the herpes simplex virus.?

In general: In an immunocompetent host (a person with a healthy immune system), a herpes simplex infection is not accepted as a disease process that causes significant mortality (deaths) or morbidity (health related hardships). ...Read more

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Please advise what is the difference between herpes simplex 1, herpes simplex 2 and gential herpes?

Please advise what is the difference between herpes simplex 1, herpes simplex 2 and gential herpes?

Different Viruses: Hsv 1 and 2 are 2 viruses in the same family. They cause oral 'cold sores' and genital herpes. Both viruses can cause genital herpes. ...Read more

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Canker* sores, not cold sores (aka feverblisters)related to herpes simplex type 1, what to do?

Canker* sores, not cold sores (aka feverblisters)related to herpes simplex type 1, what to do?

Herpetic lesions: Canker sores of herpetic origin can be treated palliatively to give relief from the soreness. Abreva is an over-the counter topical gel/medication that you can purchase at your pharmacy that will reduce the length of time that the lesion is active. Your dentist or physician can also prescribe an anti-viral drug (ie. Acyclovir) that can also reduce the length of time and/or onset of appearance. ...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