Oral herpes

The oral herpes usually appears on the lips,herpes virus type-1 causes visible wounds and there is also the type 2 virus.

The oral herpes usually appears on the lips .We are talking about the herpes virus type-1 (HERPES VIRUS TYPE 1 / HSV-1)which causes visible wounds and occasionally for type 2 virus (HERPES VIRUS TYPE 2 / HSV- 2) .

After the first contact with the virus there are no symptoms. Then,the virus is inactivated. Reactivation of the virus can occur and usually accompanied by the appearance of a wound .The HSV-1 usually causes herpes labialis while HSV-2 causes infections.


First contact with the virus:

We observe swelling and pain in the gums, lips, throat. Also, muscle pain, fever and swelling in the lymph nodes.

Secondary contacts:

Usually before the appearance of (72 hours ago) in the lip area we can observean increase in the local temperature and intense itching.


  • Avoid close contact (skin to skin) with a person who had repeatedly been attacked in the past by this particular virus.
  • Also, avoid oral and genital contact with persons infected with this virus.
    But since the first contact could not be avoided, there are a number of strategies that can be used to prevent the recurrence of herpes.
  • Avoid sunlight, too cold foods and drinks, injury or discomfort in the area where the herpes has occurred.
  • Reduce Stress, sleep more and take care of your nutrition.Physical and mental condition is strongly associated with the process of the virus.


  • Try to keep the area where the oral herpes has emerged,clean and dry. So that it can heal faster (usually 1-2 weeks)
  • Do not touch the wound. It can transfer the virus to other parts of your body or to another person.
  • For any medication needed,contact your doctor.

Athina Tsiorva

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