Beauty blogger and cosmetics businesswoman Mays Vue recently took to Facebook to share the tragic story of her baby nephew who contracted cold sores. In her post, Vue warned others of the virus that was passed on to her nephew, Troy, because of a simple kiss. She hoped that her post would help spread awareness and remind others that something as simple as a kiss can be dangerous for an infant.
Vue said Troy was only a couple of months younger than her own baby. It broke her heart to see Troy hospitalized for Eczema herpeticum, a skin condition caused by the herpes simplex virus.
Eczema herpeticum is a skin condition characterized by cold sores and blisters, which can sometimes lead to death if left untreated. It is caused by the herpes simplex virus, more popularly known as oral herpes. Herpes simplex can either be type 1 or type 2, both of which are highly contagious. Both are also lifelong infections and can never be removed from someone’s system once contracted. The virus merely remains dormant for long periods of time, until the condition is triggered and symptoms reappear.
Herpes simplex virus type 1 is mainly transmitted by oral to oral contact, or in some cases, oral to skin contact. Blisters or cold sores often form around the mouth and spread when scratched. On the other hand, type 2 is almost exclusively sexually transmitted, which makes the infection manifest in the genital or an*l area.
Baby Troy suffered from blisters on his head and the virus made his skin crack. Vue said the medical team suspects someone with a cold sore kissed Troy’s head, thereby transferred the virus to him.
Luckily, Baby Troy is expected to have a full recovery after finishing the anti-virals prescribed to him. However, Vue also noted that he will always carry the virus in him, even though it can lay dormant for a long time.
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