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Is Oral Herpes Serious
What causes little blisters, itching, burning and severe dryness in the lips? I'm in menopause and no exposure to oral herpes.
There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...Read more
Single red raised-looking pimple where lip meets skin, white center. No blisters. Also having severe cold symptoms, swollen glands is this oral herpes?
Probably: oral herpes simplex is the most common virus to inhabit the mucosal region of the oral cavity. It most frequently lies dormant submucosally until a viral infection reduces the host immune local response and allows the virus to flare up. It appears in the form of a cold sore with possible swollen glands and a small pimple like lesion that eventually ulcerates. Then becomes dormant. ...Read more
Herpes virus: Oral herpes (hsv1) is most often from physical contact with an infected individual. Genital herpes (hsv2) is most often always contracted from sexual contact, and few cases have been shown of hsv1 coming from oral-genital contact, but the two are all but indistinguishable from each other. Maby the answer to your question is can you get herpes by not having sex, answer is yes. Just contact. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: You need to conrol your onset and outbreaks with oral medication. The medication is very expensive if you do not have medical/drug insurance coverage. The herpes virus remains latent inside of your nerve tract until it becomes active by stress, hormonal changes and etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
When active: Most of us harbor herpes virus in our tissues, having been infected years earlier (often asymptomatically). For a variety of reasons we get intermittent symptomatic eruptions as "cold sores". There is some evidence to suggest, however, that viral shedding may occur without having overt symptoms. ...Read more
HSV-1: It is extremely common to have the virus that causes oral herpes/cold sores/"fever blisters". Typically they are an annoyance that flare up periodically for 1-2 weeks on the lips. If it is a first episode it can be much worse and can involve the mouth too. I would see your primary doctor about this. If you get recurrent flares they may provide a prescription to take at the onset of sores. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Herpes answer: You can get a culture grown off of a mouth sore in order to confirm diagnosis. Some sores are herpes caused...Most are not...They are canker sores which are nonspecific sores caused by some sort of trigger i.e. Acidic food, stress, etc. Herpetic sores are usually over bone not in lips or cheek area. Ask your dentist for a more definitive answer. He/she can look at your in person. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Mouth herpes usually go away after about 2 weeks. However, for some individuals, it may recur when the body is under much stress and persist again for 12-14 days. There is medication available that will reduce the duration of the outbreak check with your dentist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Oral Herpes: A cold sore is a lesion w blisters (lip, chin, cheek, nostril ; sometimes mouth) which causes burning, pain ; itching. It is teaming w herpes simplex virus. These are most often associated w herpes simplex virus1. The lesions are often found on lips, skin around mouth, nose, chin, mouth, cheeks, ; even eye. Cold sores usually resolve in seven to ten days when no intervention is used. ...Read more
Oral Herpes: Herpes simplex is a virus which is transmitted from human to human by direct intimate contact. It produces crops of little blisters which then break down into shallow painful and tender ulcers. Once you have the virus it remains in your body for a lifetime but may never produce symptoms. Oral infection can be transmitted to the genitals by oral sex. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Fairly High But,: Most people have been exposed to oral herpes and have their first outbreak when very young. Many people live most their lives without ever having outbreaks of "cold sores". Oral herpes tends to be more of an anoyance for most with the virus though some require treatment withs meds at some point. If you have frequent outbreaks, your dentist or md can prescribe meds to help prevent/treat outbreaks. ...Read more
Referral needed?: Talk to your doctor since your question is important and will be influenced by what your doctor has already tried to treat you with. Possible reasons includes: 1. It's not herpes, but rather a different diagnosis that looks like herpes 2. Viral resistance 3. Inadequate dose or duration of therapy 4.Underlying second diagnosis of an immunodeficiency. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer