Oral herpes is an infection caused by the herpes simplex virus. This virus causes painful sores on the gums, tongue, lips, roof of the mouth and inside the cheeks. It can also cause symptoms such as fever and aching muscles. Commonly, the mouth sores occur in children of ages 1-2, but they can affect people of any age, any time of year. You can contract this virus by touching infected saliva, mucous membranes, or skin. It is highly contagious and most children are infected by at least one herpes subtype before they reach adulthood. For treatment options be sure to see your doctor or dentist.
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