So you might be worried if you have Herpes In Mouth Symptoms.
I hate to say it.. but you should be. Oral Herpes IS A FORM OF HERPES.
Oral Herpes is called Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 (HSV 1). The most common Oral Herpes symptom is the coldsore. Yes, the common cold sore.
If you have frequent cold sore outbreaks then you most likely have Oral Herpes (HSV1).
If you have these oral herpes symptoms then you're not alone. Up to 80% of people in the United States have Oral Herpes or Cold Sores.
However, like any form of Herpes, Cold Sores are contagious. So you will have to be careful not to spread it to others. So kissing other people when you have Oral Herpes Symptoms is a big NO NO. Or having any kind of oral sex.
Again, I'm not a doctor. Just someone who has had both Oral Herpes and Genital Herpes for two decades. And I've done a lot of research, so I've learned quite a bit about these viruses.
So if you have any of the Herpes in Mouth Symptoms listed below.. you should go see a good doctor to get officially tested or diagnosed.
Usually symptoms of oral herpes occur around the mouth. Most often the mouth herpes symptoms happen on the lips. This is the most common location for cold sores.
Also you can get Oral Herpes Symptoms around the face such as on the nose, in your nostrils, or on your cheek.
Once I had an Oral Herpes (HSV 1) outbreak on my forehead. My boss told me I looked like an Alien. I laugh at it now, but it was very embarrassing at the time.
Usually you do not get Oral Herpes IN THE MOUTH. If you get these symptoms in the mouth like on the gums or on the palate of the mouth, it could be a CANKER SORE (see below).
(Herpes in Mouth Symptoms: A Cold Sore on the Lips)
Oral Herpes normally breaks out in a cold sore.
The stages of herpes with cold sores begins with a tingling or irritation around the mouth. This is called the Prodrome and is the first stage of herpes. You are still contagious at this time.
Then the area will get irritated and will break out in small blisters. This is when it looks like a cold sore. Then the cold sore will ulcerate (I know, sounds gross). After which, the cold sore will scab over, healing completely within 3-5 days.
Some people, even with the virus, will not get many outbreaks at all. I have not had a cold sore in two years. But I live a low-stress lifestyle and boost my immune system with nutrition.
Sometimes I'll use Dynamiclear to help get rid of a cold sore quickly. Other times I will just wait for them to go away.
However if you are stressed out and eating poorly, or doing lots of bad stuff like drinking and smoking.. you can get many cold sores in the course of a year.
(Picture of Canker Sore: Not Herpes Symptom Mouth)
If you have Herpes in Mouth Symptoms, then you might have a Canker Sore instead of a Cold Sore.
Again a cold sore is the symptom of Oral Herpes. It is contagious. You can spread Herpes through skin contact of the sore to either another person's lips or their genital area.
However, you might not have Herpes in Mouth Symptoms and instead just have a Canker Sore.
A Canker Sore is a painful sore in the mouth. They can be red or white. You might get them on the inside of your lips, your mouth, or on the top of your mouth. You can also get a canker sore on the tongue or under the tongue.
The good news is.. canker sores are not contagious. They are caused by stress, allergies, or something inflammatory that you ate. You might even have a genetic predisposition to getting them.
Canker sores will heal on their own. Some people say that taking ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help heal them.
If you have any of these Herpes in Mouth Symptoms, then take the following steps:
1. Go get a good blood test. You can get a blood test for Herpes (HerpesSelect or Western Blot) to determine whether you have the antibodies for Oral Herpes (HSV 1) in your blood. Again, the big thing is this.. go get tested. That way you will know for sure.
2. Avoid kissing when you have the symptoms. If you have any Oral Herpes Symptoms, then you need to avoid skin-to-skin contact either through kissing or any kind of oral sex.
Many, many people who now have Genital Herpes got it from having oral sex with someone that had Oral Herpes (Cold Sores).
Also, it is good to be honest and open with your partners during this time if you have any Herpes in Mouth Symptoms.
3. Consider using a Herpes treatment. Basically if you have cold sores or herpes around the mouth you have two treatment options. One is a product like Dynamiclear which has been proven to work against cold sores. Second is, you can also start taking Herpes Medications such as Acyclovir or Valtrex.
Page last updated: April 12, 2014