Oral Herpes (Cold Sores)

Oral Herpes (Cold Sores)

Oral Herpes (Cold Sores)
If you have a cold sore then you have been affected by the contagious virus herpes simplex type 1, otherwise known as oral herpes. Herpes simplex type 1 differs from herpes simplex type 2, which will usually cause sores in your genital area. If you have oral herpes you may never notice any symptoms. Or, you may develop painful sores on your lips or other facial areas that last for many days. To relieve the pain of your cold sores, consider pain-relieving ointments, as there is no medical cure for oral herpes. However, if your cold sore does not clear up within one to two weeks, visit your doctor to make sure there is no underlying bacterial infection.

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    Oral herpes develops as a result of the herpes simplex virus type 1. Since the virus is contagious, you should take steps to prevent infection. Do not kiss or share personal items with anyone who has a cold sore. If you already have the virus, be aware of things that can bring on an outbreak, like stress or overexposure to the sun.

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    In most cases, doctors can diagnose oral herpes just by looking at the infection. However, your doctor may want to take a small sample of the infection to test for the herpes simplex virus. Most cold sores go away on their own in about one to two weeks, so it may not be necessary to go to your doctor at all. However, if you have frequent outbreaks, or your symptoms are particularly painful, it may be a good idea to make an appointment to see your doctor.

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    A physician or dentist can diagnose cold sores or fever blisters. These are caused by the herpes simplex virus.  Tests may be needed to confirm the diagnosis. The doctor will examine your sores and ask you about duration and whether they come and go in the same places. There are some antiviral medications that can help treat cold sores.

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    Cold sores are groups of painful, fluid-filled blisters (often called fever blisters). These unsightly sores usually erupt on the lips, and sometimes on skin around the lips. Clusters of small blisters may also occur on the gum tissue near the teeth and/or on the bony roof of the mouth.

    Cold sores usually heal in about a week. Once the blister breaks, an unsightly scab forms. 
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    Oftentimes, people who have oral herpes will be able to tell when a cold sore is beginning to develop. A tingling sensation or slight pain in the lip area will begin a couple of days before a cold sore actually surfaces. If you experience these symptoms, using an antiviral medication right away can help to manage the outbreak and heal your cold sore faster.

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    Oral herpes has 2 forms: acute or primary and recurrent or chronic. The acute form usually occurs in childhood and is associated with rapid onset of sores or ulcers in the mouth. This stage last for 1-3 weeks and can be treated with anti-viral medications. The sores heal without scarring. The recurrent form occurs only on the sun-exposed portion of the lower lip where the skin meets the lip. If treated when the lip begins to burn, the blister or vesicle stage can be avoided and the usual 2 week period from onset to healing can be shortened. Again, healing occurs without scarring.
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    Cold sores go through several stages, and generally last anywhere from one to three weeks. The first symptom you notice will probably be a tingling or itching sensation on your lips, chin, nose, or cheek. This is a sign that a cold sore is forming. This stage lasts one or two days, after which a blister or cluster of blisters will form. About a day later, the blister will weep, or ooze; this typically lasts about a day. Afterwards, the blister will scab over and slowly heal. This stage can last several days to several weeks.
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    Research suggests that cold sores may recur during pregnancy. If it is severe, your dentist or doctor may consider treating it with an antiviral medication.

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    Oral herpes, or cold sores, should go away on its own in about one to two weeks. However, over-the-counter ointments such as lidocaine or benzocaine or pain relievers such as aspirin can help you manage your symptoms during this time. Icing the area can help to relieve any irritation, too.

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    Oral herpes, or cold sores, is the result of an infection by the herpes simplex virus type 1. The virus is highly contagious, and it passes from person to person through physical contact. The virus causes an outbreak of small red sores on the skin, and even after the sores go away, the virus remains in the body. People may experience additional outbreaks of the virus from time to time.