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So if HSV 1 can cause iritis, does this mean you would have to have herpes in the actual eye? Explain...

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Dr. Mark Pyfer
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In brief: No

Iritis caused by herpes virus is an immune reaction to the virus (particles called antigens) and does not require active viral infection.
It starts with an initial infection, often at a young age, that can be very mild. The virus then lives dormant in nerve cells, and can reactivate triggering the immune reaction later in life.

In brief: No

Iritis caused by herpes virus is an immune reaction to the virus (particles called antigens) and does not require active viral infection.
It starts with an initial infection, often at a young age, that can be very mild. The virus then lives dormant in nerve cells, and can reactivate triggering the immune reaction later in life.
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