09.12.2021

Toddler left covered in a rash after catching herpes from her father

A toddler was left covered in an angry rash across her hands and wrists after catching herpes.

The unnamed three-year-old is believed to have developed the infection after her father, who had a cold sore, kissed her.

Doctors initially dismissed her symptoms as eczema and sent her home with antihistamines, as well as antibiotic and steroid creams.

When she was rushed back to Hospital de Braga, Portugal, a week later, after her rash failed to go down, the girl’s mother revealed her father was battling a cold sore.

After being prescribed herpes medication, her rash disappeared in 10 days.

This comes after horrific photos released last month show a three-month-old baby covered in bleeding blisters after his herpes-infected mother gave him cold sores after kissing the infant on the lips.

Herpes can be serious in young children due to their immune systems not being fully developed.

A toddler was left covered in an angry rash across her hands and wrists after catching herpes

A toddler was left covered in an angry rash across her hands and wrists after catching herpes

The unnamed three-year-old is believed to have caught the infection after her father kissed her

The unnamed three-year-old is believed to have caught the infection after her father kissed her

WHAT IS HERPES?

The herpes viruses cause cold sores, which most commonly appear on the lips or genitals.

They affect around seven in 10 people in the UK.

Cold sores on the lips most commonly get passed on by being kissed by someone with an active cold sore.

They begin as a small red patch that blisters before bursting, leaving a raw area that scabs.

Cold sores are only transmitted by direct skin contact, not by sharing items such as towels or cutlery.

Once infected, sufferers may experience a fever and flu-like symptoms.

After healing, cold sores can reappear if triggered by stress, illness, alcohol or too much sunlight.

Antiviral medication may be prescribed if someone frequently suffers outbreaks.

Source: Herpes Viruses Association 

Infections can be serious in young children  

Dr Inês Medeiros, who treated the girl, wrote in the BMJ Case Report: ‘Herpes simplex viruses cause a variety of illnesses, depending on the anatomic site where the infection is initiated, the immune state of the host and whether the symptoms reflect primary or recurrent infection

‘Common infections involve the skin, eye, oral cavity and genital tract.

‘Infections tend to be unilateral, mild and self-limiting, except in the immunocompromised patient and newborns.’

Three-month-old baby also caught herpes from a kiss

The three-month-old boy who also caught herpes from a kiss was taken for medical treatment in China when his body broke out in sores and blisters.

He also had a high fever due to the infection going untreated for days.

The baby was first taken to a clinic before being transferred to a hospital in the Zhejiang Province, east China.

Doctors were concerned for the child and thought he was suffering from a skin condition until tests confirmed it was the herpes simplex virus 1/ HSV-1.

Doctor Zhu Haiqiao told The Sun: ‘The three-month-old’s body, and especially his face and head, were red and covered in sores. It was painful to look at.’

Luckily, the boy was treated and has been sent home.

Horrific photos show a three-month-old baby covered in bleeding blisters after his herpes-infected mother gave him cold sores after kissing the infant on the lips

The child was taken for medical treatment in China when his body broke out in sores and blisters, and he battled a high fever due to the infection going untreated for days

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