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Herpes Simplex

Herpes simplex is a virus that can cause a variety of infections in different age groups. Blister-like sores in the mouth and around the lips are most common in children. Direct contact through saliva, kissing and open sores is how herpes simplex is passed. Children with herpes simplex do not need to be separated from others unless mouth ulcers and blisters are apparent.

Signs or symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Irritability
  • Tender, swollen lymph nodes
  • Painful, small blisters in the mouth, gums, and lips
  • Blisters weep clear fluid and are slow to crust over

How to control it?

  • Frequent and thorough hand washing.
  • Avoid kissing or nuzzling children when a cold sore is present.
  • Do not share food or drinks with infected children.
  • Do not touch sores.
  • Avoid the sharing of respiratory secretions through contact with objects.

Information on this site is intended for Angel Kids Pediatrics patients only. Always consult your doctor before beginning, modifying, or discontinuing any treatment plan.

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