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Common viruses, and their impact on the brain's development.
Jan 12, 2004

Hi Dr. Horwath, I'm greatly appreciative of your responses and contributions to this medical forum. You've been very considerate dedicating your time, and on to my question!.

As many other adults, and teenagers, I've been diagnosed with herpes simplex virus, and most likely EBV. Should I be concerned that these viruses might be interefering in my mental thought processes?. I've done a lot of research into the matter, but haven't come to any conclusive answer.

Phil

Response from Dr. Horwath

Herpes simplex virus most commonly causes skin lesions. Herpes simplex can cause encephalitis, but this occurs only in people who have severe immune impairment, like persons with advanced AIDS.

EBV infection (infectious mononucleosis) can cause severe persistent fatigue and impaired concentration. But this is time limited and usually resolves over a period of months. It's not associated with any persistent impairment.



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