Complications of Genital herpes
Complications list for Genital herpes:
The list of complications that have been mentioned in various sources
for Genital herpes includes:
- Mother-infant transmission (see Birth symptoms) - a fetus can catch herpes and the baby is born with herpes. The risk is greatest if the mother's first outbreak was during pregnancy. Later outbreaks still pose some risk to the fetus.
- Neonatal HSV infection (type of Herpes)
- Premature birth - a fetus with herpes is often delivered early.
- Neonatal complications (see Birth symptoms) - a newborn may have various health problems.
- Neonatal death (see Death) - some newborns with herpes have a poor prognosis.
See also the symptoms of Genital herpes and Genital herpes: Introduction.
Complications of Genital herpes:
Genital Herpes: DSTD (Excerpt)
In addition, HSV-2 can
cause potentially fatal infections in infants if the mother is shedding
virus at the time of delivery. It is important that women avoid
contracting herpes during pregnancy because a first episode during
pregnancy causes a greater risk of transmission to the newborn. If a woman
has active genital herpes at delivery, a cesarean delivery is usually
performed. Fortunately, infection of an infant from women with HSV-2
infection is rare.
In the United States,
HSV-2 may play a major role in the heterosexual spread of HIV, the virus
that causes AIDS. Herpes can make people more susceptible to HIV
infection, and it can make HIV-infected individuals more
infectious. (Source: excerpt from Genital Herpes: DSTD)
Genital Herpes, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID (Excerpt)
genital herpes infections do not cause major problems in healthy
adults. In some people whose immune systems do not work properly,
genital herpes episodes can last a long time and be unusually
severe. (The body’s immune system fights off foreign invaders such
If a woman has her first episode of genital
herpes while she is pregnant, she can pass the virus to her unborn
child and may deliver a premature baby. Half of the babies infected
with herpes either die or suffer from damage to their nerves. A baby
born with herpes can develop serious problems that may affect the
brain, the skin, or the eyes. If babies born with herpes are treated
immediately with acyclovir, their chances of being healthy are
increased. Therefore, if you are pregnant and infected with genital
herpes, you should stay in close touch with your doctor before,
during, and after your baby is born.
If a pregnant woman has
an outbreak and it is not the first one, her baby’s risk of being
infected during delivery is very low.
If a woman is having
an outbreak during labor and delivery and there are herpes lesions
in or near the birth canal, the doctor will do a cesarean section to
protect the baby. Most women with genital herpes, however, do not
have signs of active infection with the virus during this time, and
can have a normal delivery.
(Source: excerpt from Genital Herpes, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID)
You may also want to research other symptoms
in our Symptoms Center.
Complications of Genital herpes are secondary conditions, symptoms, or other disorders that are
caused by Genital herpes.
In many cases the distinction between symptoms of Genital herpes and complications
of Genital herpes is unclear