Are viral oral infections serious?

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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.

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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 co...

ntagious 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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