Causes & Transmission
simplex virus tends to be transmitted by direct contact with the lesions. The primary infection (the first
contact with the virus) leads to inflammatory reactions and redness followed by small fluid-filled lesion or
blister formation in or beneath your skin. The virus then remains in the nerve ganglia, which leads to recurrent
outbreaks in the infected area (s). Various factors may trigger the recurrent of the
Lack of sleep
Those outbreaks are very
contagious. The transmission of the virus can be done through kiss, contact with lesions or saliva,
mother-to-child transmission, or during sexual intercourse.
To reduce contamination to others, in case there are breakouts, you should be avoided by infants and
immunocompromised individuals (cancer patients, HIV infected people, etc.), because they may develop very
severe forms of herpes.
In case of pregnancy,
genital herpes of the mother is dangerous to the child at birth, contamination might occur during expulsion.
Transmission of the herpes simplex virus to a
newborn is extremely serious. The infection
can cause generalized rash, encephalitis, jaundice and intra-vascular coagulation. To prevent mother-to-child transmission, your doctor can perfom a caesarean when the
date of birth is near.
Herpes transmission can
also occur by auto-contamination such as sticking your fingers in your nose, eye and on your