Mouth herpes, also known as oral herpes, is a very painful condition that is caused by the herpes simplex virus. This virus is characterized by infection, irritation, and sores on the lips, gums, roof of the mouth, inside of cheeks, and tongue. It is common for sufferers of this virus to also have symptoms of muscle aches and fever. People of any age can contract this virus and it is highly contagious. It can be passed from person to person through the exchange of infected saliva, mucous, or touching open sores on skin.
During the initial outbreak of mouth herpes, a person may feel a tingling sensation of the skin. This can last for up to 2 days and the effected area of the skin may also itch like a common rash. Next, the sores will appear in a blister-like form. Red bumps with white colored blisters are common and there will most likely be pain in the area as well. This may also last for up to 2 days.
Once the blisters begin to break, a clear or yellow fluid or sometimes blood will weep from the sores. This is the most contagious stage of mouth herpes due to the virus infected fluids being released. If the open, weeping sores are touched the virus can be transferred to other parts of the body. This normally lasts for 1 day, but it is extremely important not to touch the sores or come into contact with others during this time.
When all of the fluid has drained from the blisters, the sores will begin to scab over. This stage of mouth herpes can last from 2-3 days as the skin continues to scab over numerous times. Under no circumstance should the scabs be removed as this will only slow down the healing process.
Once the scabbing of mouth herpes has completed, the skin has begun to heal. New skin will appear to be a bright pink color. While the sores will heal completely, the person is still a carrier of the mouth herpes virus and can be considered contagious. If bodily fluids are shared with others even when sores are healed, they are very likely to contract the virus.
It is also important to be aware that mouth herpes symptoms can reoccur at any time. More specifically, flare-ups can return at any time the … Read the rest