Herpes Simplex

Oral Herpes

Herpes is a viral infection caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV). HSV is mainly transmitted sexually or through intimate contact. Oral herpes involves the face or mouth. It may result in small blisters in groups often called cold sores or fever blisters or may just cause a sore throat.

Herpes infections are most contagious when symptoms are present but can still be transmitted to others in the absence of symptoms.
  • Symptoms
  • Small pockets of fluid beneath the skin

    • Formed ulcers

    • Painful

    • At lips

    common

    Skin rash and redness

    • At lips

    common

    Fever

    • Greater than or equal to 38°C (100.4°F), Less than 38°C (100. 4°F)

    common

    Fatigue

    common

    Headache

    Enlarged or swollen lymph nodes

    • Beneath jaw or at neck, Behind the ears, In front of the ears

    • Painful when touched

  • Risk factors
  • Contact with a person with herpes simplex

  • Treatment
  • The best treatment for oral herpes is an antiviral oral medication. Symptomatic treatment may include antiviral ointment, over-the-counter topical anesthetics or over-the-counter anti-inflammatory agents.
  • Recommended specialist
  • If you have Herpes Simplex, then a visit to a dermatologist is highly recommended.

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