Congenital herpes simplex

Below you will find more information about Congenital herpes simplex from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Congenital herpes simplex it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Congenital herpes simplex and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Congenital herpes simplex comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.


Herpes simplex virus (HSV) is one of the highly identified common infection carriers among humans of all ages. This type of virus usually occurs globally and produces a large variety of illnesses such as infections of the CNS, mucocutaneous infections, as well and sporadically infections affecting the visceral organs.


To be able to get a more definitive diagnosis of herpes simplex virus it is best confirmed through the isolation of the virus in tissue cultures. Skin scraping can also be conducted on the lesions in order to effectively reveal some histologic appearances of the infections.


The specific medical treatment for herpes simplex virus involves antiviral medications and the appropriate care for the wounds, if any. For babies, a more aggressive and highly intensive medical care may be required.

Symptoms and Signs

Among the medical symptoms that can be associated with herpes simplex virus include blisters, meningitis, rash, encephalitis, infection of the central nervous system, eye discharges, cough, blotchy skin, pallor, abdominal swelling, seizures, enlarged spleen, poor feeding, tremors, jaundice, rapid breathing, shock and bleeding tendency.


Herpes simplex virus can be transferred through close contact and can be transferred to the fetus resulting to congenital HSV infection. Newborns may also easily acquire this infection through direct exposure to the infected secretions of the mother's genitalia.

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