What kind of an 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.
Viral infection. Herpes encephalitis is a viral infection ususally due to herpes simplex type 1. The infection affects the temporal and frontal lobes of the brain, areas important in the formation of new memories. The infection is progressive if not treated, leading to death. Intravenous antiviral medication is very effective especially when given early in the course of the infection. Recovery can be good .
Brain. Herpes simplex is a family of viruses that commonly infect the mouth and genital areas but also can infect other areas of skin. Occasionally, mostly in patients who have some form of immunosuppression, the virus can cause infection in the brain known as herpes simplex encephalitis. This is a serious and potentially life threatening condition and should be treated with antiviral medications.

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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...

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...
Not herpes. If the pcr was negative how was the diagnosis of herpes encephalitis made? Likely another source of viral encephalitis. Read more...

Dentist said I have secondary herpes simplex infection, what to do?

Depends. If it is treated early, an anti viral medication can help, otherwise you may have to allow it to heal by itself. Systemic medications tend to work better than topicals. Read more...

Dentist said I have herpes simplex infection. Why did he find that now?

Very common. Remember that not all herpes viruses are the same thing as genital herpes. I'm guessing your dentist saw some small ulcers on your gums, palate or lips. These are commonly evidence of a herpes virus-there is no need to do a culture to confirm this, it is common. You probably picked the virus up a long time ago. Usually these viral lesions have no long term health problems associated with them. Read more...
Active lesion. You probably had an active lesion, which the dentist saw clinically. Herpes viral infections are undetectable by clinical exams unless you have an active lesion. The virus is always present in people who are infected but is usually in remission and does not show symptoms. When you have an active lesion, or sore, the diagnosis is obvious. Have your dentist prescribe Acyclovir which will help. Read more...

I get herpes simplex infection on finger. What is the treatment?

Anti-herpes drugs. This is often referred to as "herpetic whitlow." it's treated the same way other types of herpes are treated: with acyclovir, famciclovir, or valacyclovir. If you have infrequent outbreaks, you can treat the outbreaks when they happen. If they happen often, you can take a daily dose for prevention. Read more...

What is a secondary herpes simplex infection?

Recurrence. When you contract the virus from someone else, that is a primary infection and the virus remains in the nerve root corresponding to the area of infection. Later in life the virus may travel down the nerve and cause new lesions. This is called a secondary infection. It can happen one or more times in a lifetime. A cold sore on the lip is such a secondary infection. Read more...

Can you tell me is herpes simplex infection deadly?

Dreaded Herpes (HSV) That depends. If your immune systems intact hsv is usually an annoyance. Rarely it can get into the brain ; cause encephalitis in wh/case it is very deadly. Needs aggressive tx w/high doses of IV antiviral agents ; even if successful can leave long term c/o. In people w/altered immunity (cancers, late hiv, transplants) hsv can be very deadly (disseminate, super infect w/bact, resistant infn). Read more...

Is blister the most characteristic symptomof a herpes simplex infection?

Yes. To be specific, a cluster of small, painful blisters (which sometimes look like pustules) on a red base is the most characteristic herpes simplex lesion. Read more...