herpes simplex virus (HSV) invades a part of the body
other than the genital area, it may cause disease in that part of the body.
In general, complications are rare. And they usually occur with the first-time
genital herpes outbreak. Some of these complications
Meningitis, an infection of the fluid
(cerebrospinal fluid, or CSF) and tissues (meninges) that surround the brain
and spinal cord.
Genital herpes raises lots of questions, whether you've just found out you have it, are trying to manage outbreaks, or have a partner who has it. To help get the answers you need, here are the most important questions you'll want to ask your doctor.
The lips (herpes labialis). These outbreaks are often called cold sores or fever blisters. They are usually mild but may be treated
with antiviral medicines if they become severe or more
The hands and fingers (herpetic whitlow). Plastic or
rubber gloves prevent its spread.
The anus (herpesproctitis).
Herpes proctitis is often more severe than other types of genital
The eyes (herpes keratitis). Herpes can be transmitted from
the mouth or genitals to the eyes. This can cause blindness if it is not
treated early. If your eye is very irritated or if you feel pain in your eye,
see your doctor as soon as possible.
This information is produced and provided by the National
Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National
Institute via the Internet web site at http://
.gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
December 20, 2012
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