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Can viral oral infections have any complications?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

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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