Oral Herpes (cont.)
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What Types of Doctors Treat Oral Herpes?
Some patients will not require a physician to treat them. However, pediatricians, primary-care doctors, emergency-medicine doctors, dentists, dermatologists occasionally infectious-disease doctors treat HSV-1 infections.
Is Follow-up Necessary After Treatment of Oral Herpes?
Drink plenty of fluids.
Is It Possible to Prevent Oral Herpes (HSV-1, Herpes Simplex Virus-1)?
To reduce the chance of acquiring HSV-1, avoid touching saliva, skin, or mucous membranes of people who have HSV-1 lesions. Prevention of genital HSV may be accomplished by latex condoms, but protection is never 100%. Spermicides do not protect against HSV. Some clinicians recommend using dental dams (small latex squares) during oral sex, but like condoms, they are not 100% protective.
Is There an Oral Herpes Vaccine?
An experimental vaccine against HSV-1 is being tested in England that may be marketed in the near future. Currently, there is no cure for HSV-1.
What Is the Prognosis of Oral Herpes (HSV-1, Herpes Simplex Virus-1)?
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
A herpes Tzanck smear shows enlarged nuclei that occupy most of the cell. Photo: NIH
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.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/19/2016
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