Are viral oral infections contagious?

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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. 

Viral oral infections are contagious diseases, so you can catch them from infected people. One common way of contracting viral oral infections is by touching the sores of an infected person. If a person with a viral oral infection touches the mouth sores or wipes the nose and then touches an object that you touch later, you could also get the virus. You can also contract some viral infections, like herpes simplex, from people who don't have any sores but who do have the virus.

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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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