Dermatologic Manifestations of Herpes Simplex Questions & Answers

Updated: Feb 16, 2018
  • Author: Sean P McGregor, DO, PharmD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Questions & Answers

Overview

What is herpes simplex virus (HSV)?

What is the pathophysiology of herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection?

Which clinical conditions are caused by herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection?

What is the prevalence of herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection in the US?

What is the global prevalence of herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection?

What are the racial predilections in prevalence of herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection?

What are the sexual predilections of herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection?

Which age groups have the highest prevalence of herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection?

What is the prognosis of herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection?

What is the mortality and morbidity associated with herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection?

What is included in patient education about herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection?

Presentation

When are the most severe manifestations of herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection usually seen?

What are the clinical history findings of herpes labialis?

What are the symptoms of primary herpes labialis?

What are the signs and symptoms of herpes labialis recurrences?

Which clinical history findings are characteristic of genital herpes?

What are the signs and symptoms of genital herpes?

What are the signs and symptoms of genital herpes recurrences?

What are the signs and symptoms of herpes simplex virus (HSV) infections?

What are the dermatologic manifestations of herpes simplex virus (HSV) during pregnancy?

Which physical findings are characteristic of herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection?

What are complications of herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection?

DDX

Which conditions should be included in the differential diagnosis of herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection?

What are the differential diagnoses for Dermatologic Manifestations of Herpes Simplex?

Workup

How is herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection diagnosed?

What is the role of lab testing in the diagnosis of herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection?

Which histologic findings are characteristic of herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection?

Treatment

How are herpes simplex virus (HSV) infections treated?

Which factors affect the treatment selection for herpes simplex virus (HSV) infections?

How is herpes labialis treated?

Which medications are used in the treatment of recurrent herpes labialis?

What is the role of long-term suppressive therapy in the treatment of herpes labialis?

How is genital herpes treated?

What is the role of systemic antivirals in the treatment of genital herpes?

What medications are used in the treatment of recurrent genital herpes?

What medications are used for long-term suppressive therapy for recurrent genital herpes?

What is the efficacy of systemic antiviral therapy for genital herpes?

How is acyclovir-resistant herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection treated?

How is herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection treated during pregnancy?

What is the role of topical antivirals in the treatment of herpes simplex virus (HSV) infections?

What causes localized cutaneous herpes simplex virus (HSV) infections?

How is eczema herpeticum treated?

How is HSV erythema multiforme treated?

Which specialist consultations are beneficial for patients with herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection?

Which activity modifications are used to diminish recurrences of herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection?

How is herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection prevented?

What is the role of long-term suppressive therapy in the prevention of herpes simplex virus (HSV) infections?

How is fetal transmission of herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection prevented?

What guidelines have been issued on management of herpes simplex virus (HSV) infections?

Medications

What is the role of acyclovir in the treatment of herpes simplex virus (HSV) infections?

Which medications in the drug class Antiviral agents are used in the treatment of Dermatologic Manifestations of Herpes Simplex?