Herpes Esophagitis

What Is Herpes Esophagitis (Herpes In The Throat)?

What is Herpes Esophagitis (Herpes in the throat)? The esophagus is the tube that starts next to your mouth and ends at the stomach. This is typically a food tube. It is used to take away food and drinks from your mouth to the stomach. Infection in this tube is called Herpes Esophagitis.


Esophagitis is the irritation and inflammation in your esophagus. Herpes Esophagitis (Herpes In Throat) is the viral infection in the esophagus that is caused by the herpes simplex virus. Have you ever heard about it? This is the virus that causes some cold sores on the lips or in the mouth. This virus can also cause infection in the esophagus.

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Why Herpes Esophagitis (Herpes in the throat) Occurs?

Herpes Esophagitis (Herpes in the throat) occurs due to acid reflux. Acid reflux is a common condition known as heartburn, in the lower chest area.

Other reasons for this infection is bacterial, viral, or fungal infections.

Herpes Esophagitis Can Cause?

Herpes esophagitis (Herpes in the throat) can cause:

  • nausea
  • symptoms that typically accompany a fever
  • inflammation
  • damage to the esophagus
  • throat tissues
  • painful or difficult swallowing
  • chest pain

Types Of Herpes Esophagitis (Herpes in throat)

There are two types of Herpes Esophagitis (Herpes in the throat).

  • herpes simplex virus HSV 1
  • herpes simplex virus HSV 2
  1. Herpes simplex virus HSV 1

HSV-1 is the major cause of herpes esophagitis. It also causes cold sores. It passes through the mouth to mouth contact such as saliva etc.

You can develop a throat condition through close contact with someone having mouth ulcers, cold sores, or eye infections. It can also spread with oral sex.


  • use soap and warm water when you are washing hands
  • avoid contact with people who are suffering from this virus
  • contact your doctor immediately
  • stay away from your partner, don’t get close to them
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