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Sometimes dental care has nothing to do with the infection in the mouth. You can brush a lot and floss even more, but still end up with mouth sores. That’s because mouth sores, especially oral herpes, is caused by virus attack. And not just any virus but the DNA virus Herpes simplex virus type 1.

Most people already have an encounter with this virus by the age of 20. And there’s no saying when this will launch a sneak attack – because it follows guerrilla war tactics!

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 How does herpes attack?

  • After the first attack, the virus reaches a state of dormancy – a quiet nap that leads you to think that it is gone for good.
  • Just when you’re convinced your herpes days are over, it will sneak up on you and launch a massive offensive!
  • Herpes/cold sores can resurface at any time and any age.

The result is a mouth full of cold sores and other herpes symptoms. What’s more, you could come in contact with the virus and suffer its effects almost 1-3 weeks later! And it lasts at least for another 3 weeks before either going away completely (if you’re lucky), or entering the state of dormancy.

So doctors have categorized three distinctive phases in which herpes attacks:

  • The primary infection: when the virus enters the system – the skin or the mucous membrane – and you come in for a bout of cold sores and fever. And the virus might not even cause any visible sore and you might remain blissfully unaware of the virus. This is called having an asymptomatic kind of infection.
  • The Latent state: this is when the virus migrates to a nervous tissue in your spine called the dorsal root ganglion. This is where the virus becomes inactive, but not before reproducing.
  • The Recurrence: it comes back when you suffer a particular stressful condition like:
    • Menstruation
    • Hormonal changes
    • Too much time spent in the sun
    • Fever
    • Stress

 Meanwhile, keep your eyes open for the following symptoms:

  • Itching around the lips and around the mouth
  • Burning sensation in and around the mouth
  • Tingling of the mouth and lips
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Before the blisters make an appearance, you might notice:

  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • Painful feeling in the throat and trouble swallowing
  • Gland inflammation

You might have blisters on your:

  • Throat
  • Lips
  • Mouth
  • Gums
 And then the blisters might also have an ‘outbreak’:

  • The blisters might burst and leak
  • You could get small blisters full of yellow goo
  • Small cluster of blisters turn into a large one
  • The blisters might heal, leaving yellowing crusty skin

Don’t worry, the skin will eventually return to its healthy pink color.

Herpes is painful, and keeps returning like an unwanted and uninvited guest. And there’s no saying where you will have herpes – it could also surface on your tongue!

But don’t worry; there are a lot of natural remedies that you can try at home to get rid of herpes – including methods to keep it from returning.

So although herpes could surface anytime, anywhere, you can be prepared – and soon it will be YOU winning over this nasty virus!