Oral Herpes (cont.)
Oral Herpes (HSV-1) Symptoms and Signs
- Incubation period: For
HSV-1, the amount of time between contact with the virus and the appearance of symptoms, the incubation period, is
two to 12 days. Most people average about four days.
- Duration of illness: Signs and symptoms will last two to three weeks. Fever, tiredness, muscle aches, and irritability may occur.
- Pain, burning, tingling, or itching occurs at the infection site before the sores appear. Many patients have reported these symptoms prior to the appearance of sores,
bumps, or blisters. Then clusters of blisters erupt. These blisters break down rapidly and, when seen, appear as tiny, shallow, gray ulcers on a red base. A few days later, they become crusted or scabbed and appear drier and more yellow.
- Oral sores: The most intense pain caused by these sores occurs at the onset
and can make eating and drinking difficult.
- The sores can occur on the lips, gums, throat, the front of the tongue, the inside of the cheeks, and the roof of the mouth.
- They can also extend down the chin and neck.
- The gums can become mildly swollen, red-colored, and may bleed.
- Neck lymph nodes often swell and become painful.
- People in their teens and 20s can develop a
painful throat with shallow ulcers and a grayish coating on the tonsils.
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