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Tell Me More About Oral Herpes

If you suffer from oral or facial herpes, you’re not alone. Roughly one hundred fifty million people in the United States experience recurrent oral herpes lesions or sores

Here are some helpful facts about oral herpes.

  • Cold sores and fever blisters are popular names for the lesions caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus, usually Type 1 (HSV-1). These oral herpes outbreaks create sores that are usually found on the outside of the mouth – on the lips.
  • Oral or facial herpes infections are highly contagious and can be easily spread to other parts of the body or to others through kissing, touching, or secondary contact with objects that have come in contact with an oral herpes lesion such as a shared eating utensil, drinking glass, lipstick or washcloth.
  • After touching an oral herpes lesion or cold sore, it is important to wash your hands immediately. Do not touch your eyes, genitals, or other parts of the body. Touching the eyes after touching a cold sore could cause ocular herpes, which is a leading cause of blindness. It is estimated that 30 percent of all cases of genital herpes is oral herpes which has spread to the genital area either orally or through touching. Cold sores or fever blisters should not be considered a “nuisance disease”—HSV-1 is not a trivial infection.
  • Currently there is no cure for herpes. The herpes simplex virus remains in the nervous system and can move down to the skin to cause oral herpes outbreaks when there is sufficient skin irritation, sun exposure, winter weather, hormonal changes, or weakened immune system from fatigue, stress or sickness. Notice what conditions trigger outbreaks for you and take precautions to avoid or minimize them when possible.
  • Cold sores or fever blisters usually last about 10 days, but they may sometimes take up to two weeks to heal. When there is no cold sore or fever blister treatment, there is a predictable cycle of 5 stages. Early treatment with Viroxyn at the first signs of an oral herpes outbreak can provide rapid relief and faster onset of healing.

Here are some helpful facts about oral herpes.

Stage 1Tingle: An early localized tingle, itching or burning sensation may signal the start of a lesion for the first day or two.

Stage 2Blisters: Painful and embarrassing blisters filled with fluid form.

Stage 3Ulcers: The inflamed sore may be the most painful at this stage as it often breaks creating a weeping sore or ulcer.

Stage 4Scabbing: A crusty scab forms as the cold sore dries, sometimes creating cracks and causing bleeding. Burning and itching often accompanies this stage.

Stage 5Healing: Skin flaking and some swelling may accompany the cold sore healing and the scab falling off. The skin may remain red for a period of time.

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