Viral Oral Infections

Viral Oral Infections

Viral Oral Infections
Viral oral infections are virus that can affect the mouth and oral area. They include the herpes simplex virus, hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD), and in some cases, human papillomavirus or HPV. These viruses are usually very contagious and can cause painful oral sores, depending on the type of oral virus. In rare cases, mumps can spread through saliva causing swelling of the area around the mouth.

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    Usually, viral oral infections clear up on their own. However, a doctor might want to prescribe antiviral medication or pain medication that can help you heal quickly and in greater comfort. Doctors might also want to give you information about avoiding the spread of your virus to others. Talk to your doctor about your symptoms if they are uncomfortable or if you need more information about the disorder.

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    In most cases, you need to see a doctor if you're concerned about a viral oral infection. Although they occur in your mouth, viral oral infections aren't a problem of the teeth and gums, but rather of the immune system - they are the result of a virus's invasion. Doctors can prescribe antiviral medicines that can help you get rid of your symptoms faster, and they can help you assess whether other disorders you have may be complicating your viral oral infection. However, there are some instances in which you might want to consult a dentist about your viral oral infections. For instance, certain viral oral infections can lead to problems in dental work, so you'll want to let your dentist know you have this condition before you plan any procedures.

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    Generally, most cases of viral oral infections are cured on their own. After several days have passed, your viral oral infection may go away unaided. Sometimes, antiviral medications are given to speed along that cure. Although these medications do not provide a cure, they can help you feel better faster. In some cases, though, no cure exists for viral oral infections, as the disease will appear over and over again throughout your life, lying dormant in your body.

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    Yes, viral infections (systemic and oral) are contagious and can be transmitted through contaminated saliva.  Most systemic viral diseases have an oral component and this is often the way the infections are spread through a family. It is equally important to remember that the recipient of the saliva also must have the appropriate gene to accept the virus for transmission to occur. 
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    The most serious types of viral oral infections are those that do not leave the body completely after symptoms have dispersed. These viral oral infections are the most serious because they can produce symptoms at any time, meaning that you have to be on your guard against these painful symptoms all the time if you want to head them off with an antiviral medication. Also, these types of viral oral infections are the most serious because it s possible to pass them to other people even if you don't have symptoms.

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    Like most viral infections, viral oral infections can have complications, though they are rare. People with compromised immune systems, for instance, can suffer from extreme viral infections like herpes that spread inside their body. In other cases, the sores produced by viral oral infections can affect facial nerves and cause lasting pain. Further infection of these sores by bacteria is also possible.

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    There are several types of viral oral infections, but the most common symptoms of the disorders, in general, are small sores around the mouth. People may also experience pain, itching, and burning on the area of the body that is affected with the sores. Some viral oral infections may also produce fever, a feeling of general sickness, and an irritated throat.

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    Often, children practice worse hygiene than adults. For this reason, they've usually more likely to get viral infections of any kind. They may come into contact with viruses that other infected children have left on shared objects, and they probably don't wash their hands enough to rid themselves of these viruses. In addition, children with some types of viral oral infections are more likely to have symptoms of the virus.

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    Generally, viral oral infection treatment is not costly because many types of viral oral infections simply run their course without treatment. From time to time, however, people with viral oral infections do need treatment. However, this treatment is generally simple and consists only of some prescription drugs and creams. Only when viral oral infections become complicated or when you have an underlying condition that makes coping with the disease harder will more costly treatments, like hospital stays, be required.

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    Viral oral infections usually aren't serious. They can be very uncomfortable while sores are visible, but they generally go away on their own in a few days. However, some kinds of viral oral infections, like some versions of the herpes simplex virus, can recur off and on for the rest of a person's life. It is possible to pass those types of infections to others even when you aren't showing the sores, which means having the disease can have serious consequences for those you pass it to. In addition, there is always a chance that the infection may become complicated, but complications are unlikely unless you have a weakened immune system.