What increases my risk for viral oral infection?

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You're more at risk for any viral infection if you don't wash your hands. This should be a first line of defense against getting sick. If you wash your hands frequently, you have a greater chance of washing away the germs you contracted through touching objects that sick people touched. Another way you increase your risk of getting a viral oral infection is by being around or getting close to sick people with the disorder. You should definitely not come into contact with a person's mouth if you observe sores, but you should also remember that the virus may be spread by coming into contact with other areas of an infected person's body, as well as through exposing yourself to an infected person's bodily fluids.

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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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