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Doctor insights on: Is Herpes Simplex Related To Erythema Multiforme

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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 generally caused by the herpes simplex virus 1 which is related to herpes simplex virus 2 that causes genital herpes. Cold sores are very contagious and can be spread by mouth to mouth contact. They can spread to the genitalia and cause genital ...Read more


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I've had erythema multiforme for 20 months now. Doctors not being very helpful. Likely not herpes simplex. What should I do?

I've had erythema multiforme for 20 months now. Doctors not being very helpful. Likely not herpes simplex. What should I do?

Still maybe herpes: As you seem to know, erythema multiforme can be triggered by recurrent HSV infections. But "likely not" is pretty vague. If there is no other explanation, ask your doctor about anti-HSV treatment (e.g. valacyclovir) to see if it helps. The drug is harmless, so why not try? You also should have an HSV blood test, even though such testing is (wrongly) deemphasized in Canada. See a dermatolgist. ...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

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Could herpes simplex appear everywhere around the body?

Could herpes simplex appear everywhere around the body?

Yes: It is very common to see genital herpes type 2 with recurring sores on the buttock, lower back or other areas not strictly genital. Sometimes it occurs as a "whitlow" on a finger. ...Read more

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How will herpes simplex affect other parts of my health?

How will herpes simplex affect other parts of my health?

Herpes where?: Herpes simplex virus is like a squatter. Once it moves in it does not go away. Recurrent cold sores, genital lesions may occur. Rarely this virus invades the nervous system and can produce meningitis, encephalitis or meningo-encephalitis. ...Read more

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Since my boyfriend has herpes simplex, will i get it too just by contact?

Since my boyfriend has herpes simplex, will i get it too just by contact?

Precautions: There's no time to be guaranteed that he can't pass it to you but, he can reduce the chances bu taking virus-suppressing medication and you two should avoid sexual contact when he knows that he's having an outbreak. Talk to your pcps for more specific ideas. ...Read more

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I have a friend who is suffering from erythema multiforme.Any info about this?

Depends: Erythema multiforme is a rash that is the final common pathway of many different conditions - often allergic type reactions to virus or medication. Treatment varies depending on what is causing the rash. This rash is often confused with urticaria which has similar causes. ...Read more

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How far is the cure for herpes simplex type 2?

Not soon: Because most people with "herpes" become pretty much immune after a few years, there is little incentive for drug companies to invest in vaccine at this time. Research does go on. Slowly. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is having herpes simplex 1 serious?

It's the most common: Reason for cold sores. (hsv-1 may affect the genital area but less frequent). Check out: herpes simplex 1: http://www.Mayoclinic.Org/diseases-conditions/cold-sore/basics/definition/con-20021310. ...Read more

Dr. Stuart Rhein
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Erythema Multiforme (Definition)

Erythema multiforme is a type of hypsersensitivity skin reaction in response to medicines (sulfa, phenytoin, barbiturates, penicillin), infections (herpes, mycoplasma) , or illness. Symptoms are fever, ill feeling, joint ache and symmetric itchy rash on the trunk, extremities, palms, hands, feet, that starts quickly as a macule, papule, blister or hive. There can be bull's ...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