What are medical care options for herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection?

Updated: Feb 27, 2019
  • Author: J Michael Klatte, MD; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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Specific medical therapy of herpes simplex virus (HSV) infections involves antiviral medications. Aggressive inpatient and/or intensive medical care is needed in the management of neonatal herpes simplex virus infections, herpes simplex virus encephalitis, and infections in immunocompromised hosts.

In Mollaret meningitis, therapy is primarily symptomatic because symptoms and signs resolve over days.

Therapy of erythema multiforme (EM) generally addresses the dermatologic manifestations and not just the viral infection.


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