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Pediatric Dental Health
January 25, 2004
ORAL HERPES AND COLD SORES IN CHILDREN
One of the most common causes of painful blisters around the mouth is oral herpes. Herpes simplex virus (HSV) is responsible for most of the viral infections of the mouth. Herpes is also one of the most difficult viruses to control.
Oral herpes is easily transmitted, and is the most common form of the herpes simplex virus. Oral herpes affects people of all ages, races, and social groups. The highest incidence of initial infection occurs in children between six months and three years of age. By adolescence, 62% of Americans have been infected with herpes simplex virus-1 (HSV-1). Serum antibodies to HSV-1 can be found in up to 90% of Americans.
DESCRIPTION OF ORAL HERPES SIMPLEX: