Herpes: symptoms

When an organism, often a child between the ages of 6 months and 4 years, is first in contact with the herpes virus, it is a primary infection.

The symptoms can be serious with an impairment of the general state, fever, a rash or mucous membrane important, even a neuro-meningeal attack.

Also, herpes, on the occasion of a primary infection, can touch the inside of the mouth and cause significant gingivo-stomatitis. This is manifested by painful ulcerations throughout the mouth, or even herpetic angina that prevents any feeding.

Hospitalization may be necessary, if only to hydrate the child with infusions.

Also note that many people can make a primary infection without presenting any symptoms.

Recurrences of herpes can occur in various ways and at different locations:

The cold sore

In the mouth, HSV is responsible for the classic cold sore that appears on the edge of the lips. It occurs most often during exposure to the sun, during a decline in the general condition, an infection, a period of stress ...

There are symptoms before runners of a herpes eruption exist: a burning pain, tingling, itching appear in the days preceding the outbreak of a cold sore, for example.

After one or two days of gene, vesicles appear which fill with a yellowish liquid forming a herpetic bouquet. The vesicles dry and turn into crusts that fall without leaving a scar. The eruption lasts about ten days.

In the eye: herpetic keratitis

In the eye, herpes can cause irreversible damage and blindness. It then reaches the cornea (transparent skin in front of the iris and the pupil), causes inflammation of this tissue that will leave opaque scars causing sometimes major visual disturbances.

Herpetic keratitis can be due to self-contamination: the patient touches his cold sore (button on the edge of the lip containing viruses) then rubs his eyes: the virus can then be inoculated. Herpetic keratitis can be seen in newborns who have been infected at the time of their birth by their mother if she had a genital herpes flare at that time.

Herpetic whitlow

Classically, it is a child who has a herpetic primary infection in the mouth and who sucks his thumb. The thumb will present a lesion that looks like a paronychia.

Another category of herpes is genital herpes, most often caused by HSV2.

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