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Can neonatal herpes hurt my baby bad?

Can neonatal herpes hurt my baby bad?

A 10 ON BAD SCALE: If at all possible you want to avoid this possibility. The germ has a habit of entering the babies brain and destroying tissue. The appearance on a CT scan on survivors is like Swiss cheese. Permanent disability is common. Even early recognition and treatment does not assure a good outcome. ...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


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Neonatal herpes! I'm so scared and worried!?

Neonatal herpes! I'm so scared and worried!?

Rare but deadly: This disease is uncommon but can occur in women who have had herpes and are shedding the virus around the time of delivery. It can be hard to tell when you rarely have outbreaks. Some women choose to have a scheduled c-section delivery to reduce the risk. ...Read more

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What is neonatal herpes? How does someone get it?

What is neonatal herpes? How does someone get it?

Usually type 2: If the mother has previous herpes, therefore immunity, she transmits this immunity to her newborn by passive transfer. This protects the infant for several months. However, if the mother contracts herpes infection shortly before delivery, the newborn may be exposed to the virus without any immunity. The protective immunity does not begin until 1 or 2 weeks after onset. Such a baby may have devasta ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: neonatal herpes?

What is the definition or description of: neonatal herpes?

See below: Neonatal herpes simplex is a herpes simplex infection that occurs in newborns and is usually passed along from the mother during delivery of the baby. It can be a life-threatening condition, and may affect the infant's brain, spinal cord and internal organs. ...Read more

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Do we have any treatment for neonatal herpes?

Do we have any treatment for neonatal herpes?

Acyclovir: Intravenous Acyclovir is the first line treatment when neonatal herpes is suspected or confirmed. Unfortunately, even with aggressive treatment, the germ may have caused significant brain injury before the infection is brought under control. ...Read more

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What are the treatment options for neonatal herpes?

Hospitalization: Hospitalization and treatment with Intravenous acyclovir. Blood work and spinal tap to rule out spread of infection to the blood and the brain.

Csection if the mother has an active infection at the time of delivery to prevent neonatal infection is the standard of care. ...Read more

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For your baby to be subject to neonatal herpes, you have to of gotten herpes while pregnant or is it anytime close to the time of pregnancy?

For your baby to be subject to neonatal herpes, you have to of gotten herpes while pregnant or is it anytime close to the time of pregnancy?

Varies: The highest risk will be if mom has her first outbreak around the time of delivery. Neither she or the baby by transfer would have any antibodies to fight it any. If acquired sooner in life or early in pregnancy, there is some risk but less, because the kid can be exposed to virus shed during a vaginal delivery. Good control of outbreaks (meds) and c-section before labor can eliminate most risk. ...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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Has anyone ever died of neonatal disseminated herpes?

Yes: This is the expected outcome for untreated cases (85%).Response to treatment is variable & factors in early recognition & agressive rx. Those infected prior to labor & delivery are the least likely to respond, while those who acquire the germ during delivery are more likely to improve with rx. ...Read more

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Does Herpes 1 affect new born baby when delivery comes?

Does Herpes 1 affect new born baby when delivery comes?

Where are lesions?: If the lesions involve genital area that is possible. ...Read more

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If I have herpes can I breastfeed my newborn baby?

Yes: Those with existing herpes either in a cold sore or genital herpes can breast feed. The virus is not circulating in the blood & will not contaminate the milk. ...Read more

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How can herpes cause micro syphilis in newborns?

How can herpes cause micro syphilis in newborns?

Never heard of it: Herpes and syphilis are 2 separate germs that can be passes to a fetus during pregnancy. One is a virus and one is a bacteria. They could be passed at the same time by the same person while infecting mother & baby. I have never heard of "micro syphilis". ...Read more

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How bad is herpes when passed to a newborn by the mother?

Can be fatal: Primary infection during pregnancy can result in miscarriage or fetal infection with lasting consequences. Acquisition of the germ during labor or delivery can cause a later meningo-encephalitis that will turn the babies brain into a swiss cheese looking mass with severe handicaps if the child survives the illness. ...Read more

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What problems can genital herpes type 2 cause for a newborn?

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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What is the healing process for a herpes blister on a newborn face? How long does till the blister bursts to a scab?

If herpes: see Doc!: Herpes in newborn infants is a very serious issue that needs prompt asap evaluation and testing-especially if your infant is sick. Herpes may be only on the skin at this time, however, it can spread throughout the entire body (disseminated herpes). This in turn can affect the brain, liver, lungs, and kidneys. Please have this sorted out asap! ...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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What are the chances of a pregnant woman with genital herpes passing the virus on to newborn if she does not have symptoms? Should she be worried?

What are the chances of a pregnant woman with genital herpes passing the virus on to newborn if she does not have symptoms? Should she be worried?

Manageable risks: If a mother delivers vaginally with her first genital outbreak, there is ~30% risk the baby could get it and have a terrible illness. If a recurrent outbreak, this drops to ~4% but suppression of outbreaks or c-section delivery before the membranes are open 4 hours can cancel the risk. Rarely, some women shed herpes without an outbreak and could pass it, baby sick around 2 wks. ...Read more

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Can I babysit my sister's newborn if I have genital herpes and adhere to strict hand hygiene and not kiss the baby?

Can I babysit my sister's newborn if I have genital herpes and adhere to strict hand hygiene and not kiss the baby?

Yes: This is a sexually transmitted disease and you are unlikely to share it by other routes. Careful hand washing may help and not kissing is a smart plan. All the best. ...Read more

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I have herpes is it any medicine I can use?

I have herpes is it any medicine I can use?

herpes: Topical zovirax (acyclovir) ointment. Also frequent outbreaks can be suppressed with antiviral systemic therapy that your doctor can prescribe if you have a blister your doctor can culture it to see if it is herpes type 1 or 2. ...Read more

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When do you need to be on medicine for herpes?

When do you need to be on medicine for herpes?

Herpes genitalia: If having more thant 10 outbreak per year, or your partner is herpes negative then get daily suppressive therapy. If less than 10 outbreak per year, then treat as needed (start within 1-2 days of outbreak). You can alway pass (shed) virus even if you don't have an outbreak. ...Read more

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Please let me know if there is any medicine for inner herpes?

Please let me know if there is any medicine for inner herpes?

Yes: Generally, antiviral medications such as valacyclovir is indicated for the of treatment of herpes. The medication is active against superficial infections as well as internal infections. ...Read more

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Without medicine will a herpes outbreak clear up?

Without medicine will a herpes outbreak clear up?

Herpes simplex: The duration of symptoms with an outbreak is 7-10 days with a range of 2 to 21 days, but those outside values are unusual. Yes they will clear without medication, and unless the medication is begun orally at the time of onset of symptoms the meds will not likely change the duration of symptoms. ...Read more

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What is an over-the-counter medicine for herpes in the vaginal area?

What is an over-the-counter medicine for herpes in the vaginal area?

Hsv2: There is no acceptible herpes cream for vaginal herpes one needs to see her gyn and may need prescription drugs. If you are pregnant and have vaginal herpes the child sometimes needs to be born by c section. ...Read more

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What kind of antiviral medicines I should take for herpes outbreaks?

What kind of antiviral medicines I should take for herpes outbreaks?

Several: This depends first upon the correct diagnosis - have your lesions been diagnosed as Herpes? The antivirals vary from topical drops for Herpes in the eye, to pills like Valtrex (valacyclovir) for systemic treatment and a few intravenous medications for severe Herpes. You should be under a physicians's supervision for this condition. ...Read more

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If someone has herpes do they have to take medicine the rest of their life to prevent outbreaks?

If someone has herpes do they have to take medicine the rest of their life to prevent outbreaks?

No: Some people never, or almost never, have outbreaks. With oral herpes, people don't take preventive antiviral medication unless their outbreaks are frequent or are big ones, when they happen. If a person has outbreaks of genital herpes, she may consider taking a lifetime of medication. That is why an important goal in life is to never catch genital herpes, as there is no cure. ...Read more

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Someone with shingles takes medicine gets herpes would that make there shingles worse or the herpes worse?

Someone with shingles takes medicine gets herpes would that make there shingles worse or the herpes worse?

Herpes & chicken pox: Shingles is a painful blistering reactivation of the chicken pox virus. This virus is a cousin to the two herpes viruses and the herpes treatment works for chicken pox and shingles.

Medications to treat these troubles are designed to make things better not worse. ...Read more

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What medicine to take if u have herpes?

What medicine to take if u have herpes?

...: Genital herpes can be treated with several different medications including acyclovir, Famciclovir and valacyclovir. Treatment can be offered as the outbreaks occur. But if someone has multiple frequent outbreaks, consideration can be given to suppressive therapy (i.e. Take medication daily to prevent outbreaks). Talk to a doctor about the options. ...Read more

Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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Neonatal Herpes (Definition)

Neonatal herpes simplex is a herpes simplex infection that occurs in newborns and is usually passed along from the mother during delivery of the baby. It can be a life-threatening condition, and may affect the infant's brain, spinal ...Read more


Dr. Louis Gallia
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Neonatal (Definition)

The term neonatal is generally used to describe events that occur with an infant within the first 30 days after birth. Some practitioners are looser with the definition & extend the ...Read more