Herpes is caused by a common virus called herpes simplex virus HSV. This is a common sexually transmitted infection in the UK. When you acquire the herpes virus, it stays in skin and nerve cells for life. However, you may not know that you have HSV.
A year-old African-American man was brought by police officers to the emergency department ED after he called several times to report seeing a Rottweiler looking into his second-story window. At the scene, the police were unable to confirm his story, thought the man seemed intoxicated, and brought him to the ED for evaluation. The patient reported that he had been drinking the previous evening but denied current intoxication or illicit drug use. He denied experiencing symptoms of alcohol withdrawal. Regarding his medical history, the patient admitted to having had seizures, including two episodes that he said required hospitalization.
Berger JR, Houff S. Arch Neurol. Herpes simplex virus type 2 HSV-2 infection is responsible for significant neurological morbidity, perhaps more than any other virus. Seroprevalence studies suggest that as many as 45 million people in the United States have been infected with HSV-2, and the estimated incidence of new infection is 1 million annually.
It can occur when the nerve that controls your facial muscles becomes inflamed, swollen, or compressed. The condition causes one side of your face to droop or become stiff. You may have difficulty smiling or closing your eye on the affected side. They usually appear abruptly, and you may notice them when you wake up in the morning or when you try to eat or drink.