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Herpes Simplex
Herpes Simplex

Herpes Simplex

Introduction

It is an acute viral infection caused by Herpes simplex virus hominis (types HSV1, HSV2 acquired by close contact with an infected individual

Signs & symptoms

• Preceding tingling sensation, discomfort and itching,
• Grouped vesicles forming on the skin, and mucous membranes, particularly the buccal area, gentalia, conjunctivae, and cornea

Diagnostic criteria

• Preceding tingling sensation, discomfort and itching,
• Grouped vesicles forming on the skin, and mucous membranes, particularly the buccal area, gentalia, conjunctivae, and cornea

Investigation

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Treatment

  • Non-Pharmacological treatment

    Avoid scratching which often leads to secondary infection
  • Pharmacological

    •Acyclovir cream applied 4 hourly for 7–10 days

    OR (especially if severe or recurrent)

    •Acyclovir (PO) 400mg 8 hourly for 7–10 days

    Note: Benefit of systemic acyclovir is optimum when given within the first 48 hours of onset of sympoms

Prevention

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Updated on,

3 Novemba 2020 11:25:20

References

    1.STG
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