What Is Oral Herpes?

Q:
What is oral herpes?

A:
Oral herpes is an infection of the lips, mouth, or gums due to the herpes simplex virus.

It causes small, painful blisters commonly called cold sores or fever blisters. Oral herpes is also called herpes labialis.

The first attack may also be accompanied by fever, sore throat, and enlarged lymph nodes. The rash usually heals within 10 days, but the virus remains dormant in the facial nerve. The virus may periodically reactivate to create another outbreak of sores in the mouth or lip.

Keyword: herpes labialis; herpes mouth; mouth herpes; oral herpes

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