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Oral herpes is an infection that appears on the mouth and lips. This infection is caused by a type of the herpes virus and it causes painful sores on the tongue, lips, gums, mouth roof, sometimes on the face and neck and inside your cheeks. Thus, if you suspect you may have Oral Herpes, you should make an SDT test as soon as possible.

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How It Is Transmitted

The Oral herpes is highly contagious and for that reason, the majority of the population is infected by at least one of its subtypes by adulthood. The disease is transmitted through saliva, mucous membranes or even skin. It affects only humans and it is very common for small children of age 1 or 2, however it will also affect people of any age. That is why even your children should be subject to an SDT testing.

The Symptoms

herpesA person infected with this virus will feel pain, burning, tingling and itching at the infection site before the soar appears. Many patients said they had these symptoms before the sores, bumps or blisters appeared. These blisters will break down easily and they appear as either small gray ulcers on a red base, or small blisters filled with yellowish fluid. In some situations, several small blisters can grow together into a larger one. And as the blister heals, it will get yellow and crusty and will eventually turn into pink skin.

The incubation period from the time of the contact until the appearance of the symptoms is usually from 2 to 12 days and the signs of the disease will last 2-3 weeks. During this period you may feel fever, tiredness and irritability.

The Stages of Oral herpes

This infection has a unique ability of proceeding through three stages:

1. The Primary Infection – In this stage the virus will enter the skin and mucous membrane and, after that, it will start reproducing. During this stage, the infected person will fill oral sores, as well as fever in some cases. However, the infection is asymptomatic twice as often as the disease with symptoms, so the subject may not even know he has oral herpes.

2. Latency – This virus has the ability to move, thus it will move to a mass of nerve tissue called the dorsal root ganglion, where it will reproduce once more, without any symptom. During this step, the virus will become inactive and will be reactivated by certain body conditions.

3. Recurrence – The virus will recur and cause new sores when the person that has it goes through emotional or physical stress, ultraviolet light (sunshine included), hormonal changes, fever, fatigue as well as trauma to a region where the herpes previously occurred.

As you can see, the oral herpes is a serious disease. You may have the virus without knowing that you do, thus it is highly recommended to look up SDT testing centers or SDT testing clinics and test to see if you were infected with it.