A viral illness in which small, painful ulcers and sores are found inside the mouth. It is accompanied by sore throat and fever. Herpangina is most common in children aged 3-10 but can occur at any age. Herpangina is usually caused by Coxsackie group A viruses. The illness typically resolves within a week with no complications.
Herpes simplex type 2, also known as human herpesvirus 1 (HHV-1), causes genital herpes, a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Genital herpes is characterized by sores in the genital area. Both herpes simplex types 1 and 2 are capable of causing systemic disease including encephalitis (infection of the brain) in someone who is immunodeficient. The treatment […]
- Herpes simplex type 1
In rare cases, as when someone’s immune system is severely compromised, this virus can cause infection of the brain (encephalitis), requiring intravenous therapy. Herpes simplex type 1 is also known as human herpesvirus 1 (HHV-1).
- Herpes simplex type 2
A herpes virus that causes genital herpes, which is characterized by sores in the genital area. Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease (STD). This virus, like herpes simplex type 1, can also cause infection of the brain (encephalitis) if the immune system is severely defective or compromised. The treatment of infection with herpes simplex […]
- Herpes zoster
Also called shingles, zona, and zoster. The culprit is the varicella-zoster virus. Primary infection with this virus causes chickenpox (varicella). At this time the virus infects nerves (namely, the dorsal root ganglia) where it remains latent (lies low) for years. It can then be reactivated to cause shingles with blisters over the distribution of the […]
- Herpes, febrile
A small sore situated on the face or in the mouth that causes pain, burning, or itching before bursting and crusting over. The favorite locations are on the lips (the labia), chin or cheeks and in the nostrils. Less frequented sites are the gums or roof of the mouth (the palate). Febrile herpes is also […]