Eczema Herpeticum

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Eczema Herpeticum ?
    My nephew had an episode of excema herpeticum, the skin has healed. Is there any potenial dangers still? He did not take any antiviral meds. I was completetly blown off by the dermatoligist, but I am sure that is what happened.
    The signs were gone before I seen the Dr.

    • ANSWER:
      The dermatologist should know what hes talking about. Perhaps ask for a second opinion if you seriously doubt his diagnosis

  2. QUESTION:
    help with eczema herpeticum?
    i have a girlfriend she has not had any sexual contact besides kissing with anyone else before me.we have done oral.i don't think i have had any signs of herpes or anything else. i might have had an ulcer but it went away in a day or two so nothing lasted. i noticed bums on my arms and my mom( a nurse) said that it was poison ivy or eczema and i looked it up online and found eczema herpeticum. i don't know what that is please help. by the way the bumps on my arm aren't that bad. please tell me all you know about eczema herpeticum. is it like herpes. does it go away. please

    • ANSWER:
      Eczema is a chronic skin disorder that involves scaly and itchy rashes.

      Causes, incidence, and risk factors

      Eczema is due to a hypersensitivity reaction (similar to an allergy) in the skin, which leads to long-term inflammation. The inflammation causes the skin to become itchy and scaly. Long-term irritation and scratching can cause the skin to thicken and an have a leather-like texture.

      Symptoms

      Blisters with oozing and crusting
      Dry leathery skin areas
      Ear discharge or bleeding
      Raw areas of the skin from scratching
      Skin coloring changes -- more or less coloring than the normal skin tone
      Skin redness or inflammation around the blisters
      Intense itching

      Call for an appointment with your health care provider if eczema does not respond to moisturizers or avoiding allergens

      Eczema is a chronic condition, but it may be controlled with treatment and by avoiding iirritants. In many cases, eczema in younger persons disappears by early adulthood.In adults, it is generally a long-term or recurring condition.

  3. QUESTION:
    i have eczema. and just got diagnosed with herpes. hsv1 on my genitalia.... HELP?
    i am paranoid! i read on the internet that herpes and eczema can for into Eczema herpeticum. IM FREAKING OUT! how can i avoid this?!?! i wear gloves everytime i wipe after going to the bathroom but im so scared.

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  4. QUESTION:
    I have eczema and tested positive for herpes simplex type 1, PLZ HELP?
    hi, i've just done some reading and have only just found out about a disease called Eczema Herpeticum, i couldn't find out much about it. so i need some help please.
    i have had eczema since i was a baby, and recently i tested positive for HSV1, does that mean i automatically have Eczema Herpeticum. it said it can lead to problems in the brain, lungs and eyes, and be fatal.
    last december i had an allergic reaction to something, and i got a rash on my wrist which was slightly red, with white dry skin. i was itching a great deal a while after, my eyes were swollen at one point but went up and down for a few days. it wasn't till march that i found otu that i had HSV1. in between that time i've had head aches at time and stuff. i let my doctors know that i had a preexisting case of eczema yet they never brought up the question "do you have herpes" (this was before testing postitive for hsv1) and after i found out, i've let doctors know i've got hsv1 and an existing case of eczema yet no one has ever said anything. please help. i'm really worried about this.
    Lindsey your response was completely useless. you have given me nothing useful. all you've told me is a bit about herpes and a bit about eczema. you've completely ignored the question. people like you make this whole yahoo answers thing more difficult than it should be.

    • ANSWER:
      Eczema is caused by a different type of the virus. HSV1 is what causes cold sores on the mouth, if you have ever had a cold sore before then you will test positive for HSV1.
      Cold sores are commonly passed during child hood by being innocently kissed by some one that has cold sores, the same could have happened to you when you were a child. 50-80 percent of the population has HSV1 on the mouth. Most people don't worry about it so much because it's so common. HSV1 and eczema are not typically fatal they are common skin conditions.

  5. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know the correct maintenance dosage of l-lysine for a 17 month old?
    My 17 month old has recurrent outbreaks of eczema herpeticum and I want to treat him proactively with lysine. I need help with determining the correct daily dosage, although me pediatrician agrees he doesn't know the correct amount. My son weighs about 24-25 lbs.

    • ANSWER:
      My pediatrcian said about 50% of the adult dosage, means 500 mg should be o. k.
      My daughter weights 30 lbs

  6. QUESTION:
    Should I continue in relationship even at risk of having serious health problems?
    I have been dating this girl for 4,5 months already and I love her, but... there is a huge problem. She has herpes, and I have seberrhoeic dermatitis. I was willing to risk my relationship even if I will get myself a herpes, but I thought that that would be worst that could happen. But.. only yesterday I found out about disease called Eczema Herpeticum, which is a potentially deadly inflammatory disease which is caused by herpes virus HPV1 and infects inflamed skin such as Eczema, Seborrhoeic dermatitis, etc. It will create watery pastules/warts/nodules, which if untreated, will spread to whole face and then rest of the body and may cause death...
    I love her, and I cant imagine being without her... but I am afraid of this. If some of you will suggest breaking up with her, what should I say? You know, I would rather stay with her, but... if there is serious health condition involved, it is a totally different case... :( . Please,help. Thanks.
    it is a quite rare disease, so it may even never show up, but there is still a risk

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  7. QUESTION:
    Could this be lympoma or something else?
    My 19 year old daughter has had severe eczema since she was 6 weeks old and all through her life. It has gotten worse over the last three years or so. Last year she had a bad case of eczema herpeticum and has had numerous staph infections with her skin condition. The end of last year, she noticed some enlarged lymph nodes in her groin and over 6 months has lost about 10kg. She has drenching night sweats and since then has discovered more lymph nodes, most in her neck and above the collarbone aswell as one under her arm. She had a node biopsy (fine needle) in March but this came back as a reactive node (not malignant). Her symptoms have not gone away since and I'm very worried. How acurate are fine needle biopsies and could anything else be causing this? Perhaps her skin? Please help.
    She has been eating normally, if anything she's been eating more. She has a good apettite most days and the weight still falls off. She says she doesn't feel excessively tired or weak either.

    • ANSWER:
      This could be a number of things from an infectious disease to a form of lymphoma - especially Hodgkin's lymphoma which is very treatable. A biopsy of an entire lymph node may be more useful in making a more definitive diagnosis than the fine needle aspirate.

      The doctors familiar with all of the details of her case - the history and the physical examination plus the results of the other tests - should be able to explain this best.

      Don't be afraid to ask questions when your daughter sees her physicians. I advised my patients to bring family members with them and write down questions so we could cover everything at the time of office visits.

      Whatever this turns out to be we all wish you and your daughter the best outcome. Remember, even if it does turn out to be Hodgkin's or another type of lymphoma, these ARE very responsive to treatment.

  8. QUESTION:
    PLEASE HELP ME IM YOUNG AND I THINK I MIGHT HAVE HERPES!!!?
    okay so about a month ago i started dating a guy and we had sex sometime before we started dating anyways a two or three weeks later he gets this sore on his mouth and then it spreads well we recently just found out that he has herpes (to be specific eczema herpeticum) but im pretty sure he didnt get it from me because if he had gotten it from then wouldnt i had showed symptoms already..I dont have one symptom showing that i have herpes but hes accusing me of it and iv only had 2 other sexual partners and i was the only they had sex with....im not sure what to think but i do know hes not really known to be the faithful kind i really dont know what to believe because if i tell my mom about this then she would flip out!!! please help me i need advise and im scared..... :(
    okay well once those sore or whatever they are started coming out on his face we didnt have sex and we havnt since if that helps any and i was his first so yeah......im just worried i dont see how he got it from me if i dont have those symptoms and my past sexual partners dont have them either

    • ANSWER:
      There is no way of knowing who contracted herpes first unless you get tested and it turns out that you are negative for herpes. It spreads very easily and it is possible to have the disease for a while before symptoms show, so theoretically it's possible for you to have had it first. It's not terribly likely though, the most likely thing is that because he got symptoms he was the one who already had herpes. Maybe he got the herpes from someone he had sex with shortly before having sex with you (or he could have been having sex with someone else at the same time, since you say he's not faithful). In any case, because you've been having sex with him, and he does have herpes, you need to be tested, as it's likely you will now have it too.

      "Genital herpes can be transmitted with or without the presence of sores or other symptoms and is often transmitted by people who are unaware that they are infected."

      "Kissing someone if you have a cold sore can transfer the virus to any part of the body that you kiss them (including inside of the mouth and throat, or the genitals)"

      http://www.herpes-coldsores.com/herpes_transmission.htm#how_is_herpes_spread

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