Skin disorders are commonly associated with an allergic reaction to environmental influences, foods, or medications. For some children, the complications with skin disorder may be directly related to an allergic reaction to a viral infection or which treatment may be quite limited. If your child has been diagnosed with the herpes simplex virus, it is important to understand not only what herpes outbreak may occur at the skin but also what allergic reactions may arise.
In an allergic reaction that is related to the herpes simplex virus symptoms, your child will show symptoms that are different from that of typical herpes symptoms. In an allergic reaction, the development of a skin complication known as erythema multiforme may occur. With erythema multiforme, your child will show signs of allergies and it is for this reason that you should be familiar with all skin disorders and how they relate to your child’s infection.
Much like skin disorders, including pityriasis rosea, a child who has an allergic reaction to the herpes virus will develop additional symptoms of vision or eye changes. Such changes may include redness and itching in the eyes, burning, and even complications with sores in and around the eyes. While herpes simplex virus symptoms can also produce these reactions, the sores will appear to be different.
Under clinical examination by a pediatrician, your child’s skin disorder around the eyes and mouth can be differentiated from herpes simplex and complications of erythema multiforme can be effectively treated. While the herpes simplex virus can not be treated easily, the multiforme complication can. It is important, therefore, that your child’s skin disorder or skin outbreaks be addressed immediately.
Children who live with the herpes simplex virus will live with unique health complications and often require advanced health care over the course of their lives. While outbreaks of the skin are quite common, the unique formulation of skin complications in and around the eyes may be a sign of erythema multiforme. If your child has these symptoms, be sure to seek out medical attention immediately for the allergic reaction.
Sources: Herpes Simplex, by T. Natasha Posner