Oral Herpes Simplex
Many people are still confused with what oral herpes simplex is. Herpes simplex virus 1 or HSV-1 is the virus that triggers cold sores. A huge part of the population is infected with this virus. Perhaps, you have seen a lot of people with cold sores even though you did not know what they actually were.
Typically, many of these don’t go around telling their cold sores are herpes since the prospect of STD makes people feel uncomfortable. However, it is the same virus. It does not have as much stigma as HSV-2 infection (genital herpes), but still it can cause emotional turmoil, particularly on individuals that have frequent and severe occurrences of cold sores.
This is the reason cold sores keep on coming back in a person repeatedly and frequently in the same area. You aren’t getting a fresh cold sore every time the outbreak recurs. You’re in fact getting a recurrence of the original herpes virus. Once you get sick (like from a flu or cold), the virus that has been latent reactivates and moves down your nerves to the same area as your first outbreak.
Oral herpes is occasionally transmitted in families where people eat with utensils, share drinks, etc. without washing. You have to be cautious if you have cold sores that are active that your kids (or other members of the family) don’t share your lipstick, drink after you, etc.
Signs and symptoms
HSV-1 is the causative agent of oral herpes. They’re also called “fever blisters.” They acquired their names because they frequently occur when the individual has a cold or is sick and frequently the virus itself can result in a fever. Following the first infection, recurrent outbreaks appear when the individual with the infection has a few other illness like flu or cold.
Signs of HSV-1 could include:
• Tingling sensation around or in the mouth
• Sores on corners of or in the mouth, or the lips
• Sores in the mouth and/or on the back portion of the throat, etc.
• Muscle aches, fever
• Flu-like symptoms
Sometimes cold sores can be very excruciating, particularly when they appear in the corners of the mouth as well as when they sore and burst.
They could hurt once you talk or when you drink and food come in contact with the blisters. Also, they can be very distressing since they appear on the face where individuals can see them (such as acne) and this can trigger emotional distress and other symptoms.
Usually, when somebody has a cold sore, they want it to disappear immediately. It can be painful, embarrassing, and irritating. Also, it is crucial that you do not ever pick at the sores although it may be tempting for many people to do so since these blisters are irksome. However, picking at them will make them even worse, hurt more, can become infected, and may cause them to be spread to other facial areas. It is best to just leave them alone until the infected area has fully recovered.