Cold sores on the foot if it is only on one leg, usually a sign of herpes zoster. Herpes simplex can also cause inflammation of the skin of the feet, but they are often located on the inner thighs and are bilateral.
Causes of herpes on the leg
Herpes on foot if it is positioned only on one side, usually a manifestation of herpes zoster caused by herpes virus type 3 - varicella zoster. This herpes virus causes chickenpox in children, but after recovery the child is not removed from the body, and hides in the nerve ganglia, which is inactive.
By reducing varicella zoster immune system is activated, down the nerve endings in the skin, it multiplies in the cells of the epithelium and causes inflammation - Shingles
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Herpes on the leg of the child if he suffered chicken pox, can also cause this type of herpes. The disease usually develops in frail, often suffering from colds children with reduced immunity.
At the same time we can not exclude getting herpes simplex virus at some separate section legs. Herpes simplex child can get in contact with the patient on the skin that has herpes.
Shingles may develop on the skin of the legs along the branches of individual nerves. This appears at first discomfort, numbness, pain along the affected nerve, and only then, after some time on the skin over the nerve appear redness and swelling. Then edematous reddened skin appear specific herpes blisters with transparent content, which a few hours becomes cloudy. The bubbles are arranged in groups, closely adhering to each other. Sometimes they merge together to form larger bubbles - a form of shingles is called bullous.
After the bubble burst, the affected skin becomes wet. On the feet it is very dangerous as herpes on the feet and toes herpes can be complicated by the addition of another infection.
On the feet and toes often a fungal and bacterial infections, it may complicate the process of herpes, because the skin on your feet constantly injured by wearing shoes.
This is a very dangerous moment, as a mixed infection in the skin of the feet is often the cause of microbial eczema. Therefore, great importance is the care of the skin of feet. If for herpes zoster nothing complicated, then after about two weeks, he's like. Sometimes a rash at the site are brown or white spots on the skin
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But they are a few weeks.
Another possible complication of shingles is the appearance of permanent pain along the affected nerve. These pains are concerned patients after the disappearance of all skin appearances, they are associated with damage to nerve tissue varicella zoster virus. Such a complication called postherpetic neuralgia.
How to treat a cold sore on his leg? If cold sores on his leg is a manifestation of herpes zoster, the appointment of antiviral drugs for systemic effects can not be avoided - this is the only way to prevent post-herpetic neuralgia. Patients prescribed antiviral drugs such as acyclovir
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, Valacyclovir, or famciclovir. The most effective antiviral drug is famciclovir (brand name - Famvir).
Be sure to designate and immunomodulators - it interferons (eg viferon in candlelight), inducers of endogenous interferons (amiksin, tsikloferon
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- These drugs contribute to the formation of the body's own cells endogenous interferon).
Topically to the affected skin can be applied in dot alcoholic solution of brilliant green - it dries elements of rash and they quickly formed crust. Antiviral ointments and creams based on acyclovir applied at least five times a day, and in the intervals can be applied to the skin of 5% liniment tsikloferona - it has immunostimulating properties.
When herpes zoster is not the last importance of bed rest, proper balanced diet and the elimination of a daily ration of food, which could irritate the skin - is sharp, salty, smoked dishes, sweets, pastries, sweet carbonated drinks, strong tea and coffee , alcohol.
Cold sores on the foot should be treated only as directed and supervised by a doctor, otherwise the complications in the form of constant pain along the affected nerves can not be avoided.