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Doctor insights on: Precautions Treating Patients Herpes Encephalitis

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What precautions are required for health care workers when treating patients with herpes encephalitis?

What precautions are required for health care workers when treating patients with herpes encephalitis?

Contact precautions: Use contact precautions, as herpes simplex is contagious mainly by contact with an infected person's sores. A never-infected person, without protective antibodies, could catch herpes from a patient with herpes encephalitis, but he would likely just get a typical herpes infection and future recurrences of sores. It is very unlikely that he would get encephalitis, because encephalitis is quite rare. ...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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What kind of precautions for herpes encephalitis?

What kind of precautions for herpes encephalitis?

Keep risk low: Once a person has herpes labialis they are susceptible to herpes encephalitis should their immune system fail. Hiv infection compromises the immune system. Most people will not get this devastating condition. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what herpes encephalitis is?

Herpes encephalitis: Is one of the most fearful viral encephalomeningitis in adults, and is caused by a herpes virus. ...Read more

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Is herpes encephalitis contagious?

Is herpes encephalitis contagious?

Typically not: Herpes encephalitis is a rare condition- I do not know it to be contagious- it is very serious and needs to be treated aggressively. ...Read more

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Is herpes encephalitis a contagious disease?

Is herpes encephalitis a contagious disease?

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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What are the signs and symptoms of herpes encephalitis?

Herpes encephalitis.: Is certainly one of the most common and most treatable causes of viral encephalitis in the usa. It presents with fever, headache, nausea, confusion leading to coma. Early consideration based on. Clinical grounds, brain imaging and spinal fluid exam with prompt empiric treatment with Acyclovir can dramatically decrease the death rate and residual symptoms. ...Read more

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Could my baby(6 months old)get infected of herpes encephalitis from her cousin(4 months old) only to with her?

Could my baby(6 months old)get infected of herpes encephalitis from her cousin(4 months old) only to with her?

Transmitted at birth: It is most likely the 4m cousin acquired the germ from her mother during direct contact during labor or delivery. The germ transfers to baby & sets up in the system, gaining access to the blood & then moving to the brain. It is unlikely that your child could get the illness in any form during a simple visit to the other child's home. It is not passed in the air. ...Read more

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I have a lot of fever blisters in my nose and a headache from them. I'm scared of developing herpes encephalitis. Is it rare?

Yes, but have you: Had a doctor determine that it is Herpes Simplex 1? If not, do so & discuss taking Valtrex (valacyclovir) to lessen symptoms of intranasal herpes. The incidence of Herpes Simplex 1 Encephalitis in adults in the U.S. is 2/million. ...Read more

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How often do babies infected with herpes died of encephalitis?

How often do babies infected with herpes died of encephalitis?

85% if untreated: According to recent cdc citations, 85% of neonatal herpes cases die if untreated. Survival with treatment is possible but the incidence of permanent long term disability is high. Encephalitis is one of the many problems involved with nnh. ...Read more

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Can people infected with herpes die of encephalitis?

No: Most people with herpes do not develop encephalitis — it can occur but is rare. ...Read more

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Are antiviral medications successful in fighting herpes induced encephalitis?

Are antiviral medications successful in fighting herpes induced encephalitis?

Hopefully yes: Critical is an early diagnosis and immediate use of such drugs. Outcomes these days are far better with modern treatment, but as noted, time is of the essence. ...Read more

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Can encephalitis be transmitted by a mosquito who has bitten someone with herpes?

Can encephalitis be transmitted by a mosquito who has bitten someone with herpes?

No: Herpes is transmitted by direct contact, usually with an infected person's open sores. Herpes is not transmitted by mosquitoes. Herpes encephalitis is quite rare. Hypothetically, if a mosquito bit a critically ill person with disseminated (total body) herpes, and then immediately bite a never-infected person (has no antibodies), he might get herpes at the bite site, but encephalitis would be rare. ...Read more

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Can adults with genital herpes develop encephalitis?

Can adults with genital herpes develop encephalitis?

Unlikely: There is a definite association between herpes simplex type 2 and recurrent (mollaret's) meningitis, but encephalitis would be very unusual in an immune competent host. On the other hand, genital herpes can be due to type 1, and that can certainly, but uncommonly, produce meningitis, encephalitis or meningoencephalitis unpredictably. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about victims of hse (herpes simplex encephalitis)?

Can you tell me about victims of hse (herpes simplex encephalitis)?

Symptoms: Symptoms of herpes simplex encephalitis include: fever, headache, confusion, trouble speaking or swallowing, problems with gait, weakness to one side of the body or both, and possible seizures. It is a very serious condition and can be deadly. ...Read more

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What kind of infection is herpes simplex encephalitis?

What kind of infection is herpes simplex encephalitis?

Serious: Life threatening infection often focalized over the limbic and temporal cortices, associated often with coma and seizures, with risk of fatality if not treated aggressively. ...Read more

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My mother had herpes simplex encephalitis and 21 days zovirax (acyclovir) antiviral is given. PCR result came negative for herpes, fever is continuous coming?

PCR for Herpes?: A negative PCR for herpes would be unusual in a person who is suffering from Herpes Simplex encephalitis that was clinically evident by MRI scan and other measures. Did she get an EEG and if so what did it show? Needs to be worked up for the fever. Perhaps herpes Symplex encephalitis is not the correct diagnosis? Wanna talk 1-1?www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi. Key Code: PDXFNR. ...Read more

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What causes cold urticaria and solar urticaria in the same patient? Could it be a hhv6 infection/encephalitis she had at 18 months?

What causes cold urticaria and solar urticaria in the same patient? Could it be a hhv6 infection/encephalitis she had at 18 months?

Urticaria: It's not known why these two conditions occur. They may be inherited or caused by a virus. In the case of solar urticaria, there is also activation of some antigen in the skin by ultraviolet light which then causes an ige reaction. Ige is an antibody responsible for immediate hypersensitivity reactions of which urticaria is one. The mechanisms and causes of these are not entirely worked out yet. ...Read more

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Has anyone ever had a patient experience psychological or neurological symtoms from flu vaccine? (as in encephalitis, hyperactivity, insomnia, psychosis) why do some groups insist these dangers exist

Has anyone ever had a patient experience psychological or neurological symtoms from flu vaccine? (as in encephalitis, hyperactivity, insomnia, psychosis) why do some groups insist these dangers exist

I haven't: Those symptoms are possible but are very rare. Talk with your doctor about what the risk of those events are compared with the risk of coming down with the flu and experiencing a serious event from that. Some groups insist neurologic symptoms can occur because in fact they can occur, it's just that they rarely do. Docs need to discuss the pros and cons, not just emphasize one or the other. ...Read more

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How often people infected with hsv-2 develops herpetic encephalitis?

Uncommon: Encephalistis from hsv is uncommon but can be lethal. Hsv-1 actually has a predilection for central nervous system cells and can infect the temporal lobe of our brain. Most patients have a very acute course of personality change. Prompt lumbar puncture is often confirmatory and prolonged/timely IV antibiotics are essential treatments. ...Read more

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Can a nurse catche herpes from a patient?

Can a nurse catche herpes from a patient?

Rare in modern era: Herpes once was a fairly common occupational risk among health care providers, usually involving a finger (herpes whitlow) from contact with patients' oral areas. It was especially common in dental health workers. It has become rare in past 30 years with routine gloves for patient contact with body fluids, cavities, etc. If you follow proper body substance precautions, you won't be at risk. ...Read more

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What if a nurse catches herpes from a patient?

What if a nurse catches herpes from a patient?

More info needed: This is uncommon, and always preventable. Use standard precautions, including gloves when in possible contact with patients' body fluids or cavities. Otherwise, no worries. If in doubt, ask your institution's infection control personnel. ...Read more

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Is oral herpes is permanent and what precautions are there?

Oral Herpes: Oral herpes is, unfortunately, permanent. Symptoms, which can come and go, and eruptions may be treated with antiviral medications so that the time of discomfort and pain will be shorter. When you have eruptions the herpes is communicable through contact with the affected areas. ...Read more

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Precautions that are need to live with someone with genetal herpes?

Precautions that are need to live with someone with genetal herpes?

See below: If the person is your sexual partner, avoid intercourse when he or she has active lesions, and use condoms at all times to minimize your risks (although your risk will still not be zero despite these precautions). If he or she is not your sexual partner, there really should not be any risk to you. ...Read more

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Can a dialysis patient get an organ transplant if they have herpes 1?

Can a dialysis patient get an organ transplant if they have herpes 1?

Yes: Yes many do. But it is important to first have the infection controlled with medication. Increasing viral loads in the blood may require a delay until the infection is controlled. ...Read more

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I am 26/f unmarried. I have been diagnosed for herpes simplex syndrome two times. What precautions I need to take so that it doesn't come anymore?

I am 26/f unmarried. I have been diagnosed for herpes simplex syndrome two times. What precautions I need to take so that it doesn't come anymore?

Complicated: Herpes lives in your nerves forever once you first have it. You can reduce outbreaks by controlling stress and some medicaitons can prevent or lessen the severity of recurrances. Your concern should be what to do to prevent spreading it to others. Check the tips and other posts to educate yourself on how to control the disease. ...Read more

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Is there any sanitary precaution recommended for genital herpes?

Herpes: No sex with active lesions present. Condoms the rest of the time. ...Read more

Dr. Amandeep Kaur
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Encephalitis (Definition)

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Brain Infection (Definition)

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