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Can herpes on the face cause complications beyond the aesthetic inconvenience?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology
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In brief: Yes allergic reactio

It can cause a condition called erytema mutiforme which is a bullseye rah on extremities amd in immunosupressive individuals the virus can involve non skin areas.
It can recur at regular or irregular periods and results in pain with nerve involvement, although uncommon.

In brief: Yes allergic reactio

It can cause a condition called erytema mutiforme which is a bullseye rah on extremities amd in immunosupressive individuals the virus can involve non skin areas.
It can recur at regular or irregular periods and results in pain with nerve involvement, although uncommon.
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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine

In brief: If involving the eye

Usually herpes on facial areas are nuisances for most folks, especially just on the lips, but can occur any where.
If it involves the eye and causes herpes keratitis (infection of the cornea) it can be bad if not treated promptly! this is similar to zoster/shingles involving the eyes (zoster=chicken pox virus=herpes virus). Hope this answered your question. Consult your doc, good luck.

In brief: If involving the eye

Usually herpes on facial areas are nuisances for most folks, especially just on the lips, but can occur any where.
If it involves the eye and causes herpes keratitis (infection of the cornea) it can be bad if not treated promptly! this is similar to zoster/shingles involving the eyes (zoster=chicken pox virus=herpes virus). Hope this answered your question. Consult your doc, good luck.
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