Herpes in Mouth Pictures - 9 Photos & Images

There’s a lot of confusion about herpes out there. One reason is that there are two types of herpes, caused by two very similar viruses. One type is herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) and the other type is herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2). Both types of virus are very contagious.

These viruses can cause oral herpes or for this particular article we will call it oral herpes and genital herpes. A herpes infection on or in the mouth is called oral herpes. An infection in the genital area is called, genital herpes. Both HSV-1 and HSV-2 can be sexually transmitted.

Oral herpes causes cold sores or fever blisters on the lips or inside the mouth. Cold sores and fever blisters are common in young children because parents can pass oral herpes on to their kids with a goodnight kiss or the children can easily pick it up by sharing drinking glasses or common childish play at school.

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