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Oral Herpes (cont.)

Oral Herpes (HSV-1, Herpes Simplex Virus-1) Risk Factors

Unfortunately, everyone is at risk to get HSV-1 infection. The majority of children between 6 months to 3 years of age are exposed to HSV-1 simply by contact with other humans. By 14-49 years of age, about 60% of the population has been infected, and by age 60, about 80%-85% of the population has been infected with HSV-1.

Oral Herpes (HSV-1, Herpes Simplex Virus-1) Prognosis

The sores and symptoms of oral herpes usually completely disappear in two to three weeks with no scarring. However, the sores may reappear under certain stressful situations. Rarely, some complications develop in a few individuals:

Oral Herpes (HSV-1, Herpes Simplex Virus-1) Pictures

Figure 1: A Tzanck smear shows enlarged nuclei that occupy most of the cell.
A herpes Tzanck smear shows enlarged nuclei that occupy most of the cell. Photo: NIH

Figure 2: HSV-1 lesions (sores) on lips
Oral herpes: Clusters of blisters erupt on the lips, tongue, and inside the mouth. Most people have been infected by at least one herpes subtype before adulthood.


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