Doctor insights on:
Precautions Treating Patients 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
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
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
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
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
I heard that there are two diseases caused by HSV that can be life-threatening. I suppose herpes encephalitis is one of them, what is the second one?
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?
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
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
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
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
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
How do you treat a patient with occipital and trigeminal neuralgia and can it be a result of encephalitis?
Neuralgia: I would find out what is causing it and then the treatment will be more clear. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The encephalon is considered to be the gray matter of the brain. This is where all the neuron cells are located. If an infection sets in to this region it is called an encephalitis. The -itis ending just means inflammation. It is usually virus infections that like to go specifically to the ...Read more
- Talk to a doctor online
- Neutropenic precautions patient education
- Precautions for patients of lymphadenitis tuberculosis
- Is herpes encephalitis contagious?
- Herpes simplex precautions
- What are some precautions that copd patients should be taking?
- Precautions for heart hole patients