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Overview of Herpesvirus Infections

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The Manual's Editorial Staff

Last full review/revision Mar 2022| Content last modified Sep 2022
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What are herpesviruses?

Herpesviruses are a group of viruses that can cause several different infections. The disease most people call "herpes," called herpes simplex Herpes Simplex Virus Infections There are 8 different types of herpesvirus. Even though herpes simplex is only one of those types, most people just call it "herpes." Herpes simplex is a viral infection that causes a rash of... read more , is just one of the types of herpesvirus.

Once you're infected with a herpesvirus, the virus stays in your body for the rest of your life. This means that in some cases the virus can become active again. When it does, it may or may not cause symptoms again.

What infections do herpesviruses cause?

Many types of herpesviruses can infect you. The following infections are each caused by a specific type of herpesvirus:

How do doctors treat herpesvirus infections?

Treatment depends on which type of infection you have. For example, for CMV and some other herpesvirus infections, doctors may give you antiviral medicines. For chickenpox, doctors usually treat your symptoms.

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