Oral Herpes (cont.)
IN THIS ARTICLE
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, and occasionally infectious-disease doctors treat HSV-1 infections.
Is Follow-up Necessary After Treatment of Herpes Labialis?
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:
Last Reviewed 8/31/2017
YOU MAY ALSO LIKE
Must Read Articles Related to Oral Herpes
Patient Comments & Reviews
The eMedicineHealth doctors ask about Oral Herpes:
Oral Herpes - How Did You Manage?
How do you manage your oral herpes (herpes simplex virus) infection?
Oral Herpes - Symptoms
What were the symptoms and signs of your oral herpes?
Oral Herpes - Treatment
What was the treatment for your oral herpes?
Oral Herpes - Prevention
What prevention measures do you use to avoid getting oral herpes?
Oral Herpes - Experience
Please describe your experience with oral herpes.