There are also some cases in which trauma or cosmetic operations (i.e., lasers, skin peels, and dermabrasion) can potentially be the cause of it.
What Are Its Signs and Symptoms?
The virus usually targets the face and the neck area, but it can also manifest in other parts of the body such as the hands. After the first interaction with the herpes simplex virus, some signs and symptoms can occur up to two weeks later.
The visible signs in the skin are as follows:
- Itchy and painful cluster of tiny blisters (monomorphic or uniform in appearance)
- Red, purple, or black blisters
- Blisters that break open have pus (yellowish fluid) inside
Other symptoms include:
- High temperature and chills
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Overall unwell feeling
Your doctor can tell if you have eczema herpeticum by the looks of it. To confirm the infection, a viral and bacterial swab from one of the blisters may be collected.
The lesions can potentially become infected with bacteria, which is known as a secondary infection. Impetigo and cellulitis can result from this secondary bacterial infection with Staphylococci or Streptococci.
Can It Be Treated?
A doctor should provide antiviral medication as soon as possible. This is usually taken in the form of tablets or syrup. However, some individuals who are critically ill or whose disease is fast spreading that involves the eyes will need antiviral medication through a vein. Thus, it may require hospitalization.
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