Cold Sores-Fever Blisters

Cold Sores-Fever Blisters
  • Medical Name- Herpes labialis
    • means infection of the lip, mouth, or gumsCold-Sores-&-Fever-Blister.jpg
    • dormant virus
  • Also called HSV-1
    • which stands for the Herpes Simplex Virus
  • Basic facts
    • Most sufferers experience 1 to 3 attacks annually
    • severity and frequency decreases over time
    • dental or neural surgery, lip tattooing, or dermabrasion are common triggers
    • Avoid touching outbreak sight, avoid kissing oral sex, and contact sports
    • sore throat and fever occur before outbreak
    • More than 50 million adults suffer from symptoms
    • Most people in U.S. infected by age 20
    • Skin Lesions: rash around lips, mouth, or gum
  • Possible Complications
    • recurrence
    • spread to other skin areas
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    • blindness
    • trouble swallowing
  • Should see doctor when:
    • doesn't go away after 2-3 weeks
    • cold sores near your eyes
  • Tests and Treatments
    • May show enlarged lymph nodes in neck
    • viral culture, viral DNA test, or Tzanck Test of skin lesions may show HSV-1
    • Docosanol, acyclovir, penciclovir, famciclovir, and valacicovir are common treatments
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