Herpes Simplex Infections (Non-Genital) (cont.)
Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.
In this Article
- Herpes simplex infections (nongenital cold sores) facts
- What are herpes simplex infections?
- What causes cold sores?
- What makes herpes (cold sores) recur?
- How do cold sores spread?
- What are the signs and symptoms of cold sores?
- What is primary oral herpes?
- What does recurrent herpes look like?
- How long do cold sores last?
- What are the risk factors for herpes simplex infections?
- What are the possible complications of oral herpes (cold sores)?
- What is the prognosis for oral herpes (cold sores)?
- What other conditions can look like oral herpes (cold sores)?
- What is angular stomatitis?
- What are canker sores?
- How is oral herpes diagnosed?
- What is the treatment for cold sores, are there any home remedies, and what medications are used?
- Is it possible to prevent cold sores?
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Is it possible to prevent cold sores?
The best way to prevent a herpes simplex infection is to avoid physical contact with someone with cold sores. Also, do not share items such as utensils and lip balm with an infected person.
To prevent future outbreaks:
- Avoid long periods of time in the sun and use sun block on lips and face.
- Reduce stress by getting adequate rest and relaxation.
- Avoid trauma to the mouth or involved area.
- Take antiviral medication if prescribed by a doctor for chronic suppressive therapy.
Frequent hand washing will help reduce the spread of the virus to other parts of the body or to other people.
Medically reviewed by Robert Cox, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Infectious Disease
United States. National Institutes of Health. "Cold Sores."
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