Inflammation in the brain is a hallmark of the uncommon neurological condition known as encephalitis, herpes simplex (HSE) (encephalitis). Headaches, fevers, sleepiness, hyperactivity, and/or overall weakness are typical symptoms. Some signs of the disease, including a stiff neck, impaired reflexes, confusion, and/or speech difficulties, may be comparable to those of meningitis. Usually, herpes simplex encephalitis is not associated with skin lesions. A virus called the herpes simplex virus is what causes herpes simplex encephalitis (HSV).
1. Herpes simplex encephalitis patients should be treated as soon as possible because doing so increases the effectiveness of available therapies.
2. Most people with herpes simplex encephalitis have had a marked improvement in symptoms after using the antiviral medication Zovirax (acyclovir). The company that makes it is GlaxoSmithKline.
3. Vidarabine is an additional antiviral medication that has been used to treat herpes simplex encephalitis. Those who are afflicted, however, may not benefit from antiviral therapy if their infection is advanced. As soon as herpes simplex encephalitis is detected, antiviral medication should be initiated.
4. Drugs that lessen, prevent, or suppress seizures may be used to treat the seizures that are frequently linked to herpes simplex encephalitis (anticonvulsants).
Inflammation of the brain (encephalitis)