Herpes on your lip an unpleasant sign of a viral infection
The herpes virus can be triggered by any changes that could weaken the immune system such as – stress, cold, the flu, fluctuations in body temperature, and the period …
These changes accompanied with tingling and shooting pains (most common on the lips) appear as blisters filled with clear yellowy liquid are a manifestation of the herpes simplex virus (HSV). This is a viral infection of the skin and mucous membranes which if once activated can occur multiple times in our lives.
There are two types of herpes simplex virus:
HSV-1 usually causes oral infections while,
HSV-2 more commonly causes genital infections. As many as 90 % of the population have the virus in their bodies as it can get in through a crack, or a wound on the skin around the mouth.
The virus is most commonly transmitted from the infected person by contact with the blisters resulting from the infection, meaning that it is usually transmitted by dirty hands, inadequately washed glasses or utensils, use of towels or make up of an infected person as well as a kiss.
The contagion usually happens in early youth and after the primary infection more than 50 % of the people become permanent carriers of the virus in “dormant” form. The herpes virus can be triggered by any changes that could weaken the immune system such as – stress, cold, the flu, fluctuations in body temperature, and the period …
Persons with weakened immune systems such as: children, the elderly, pregnant women and patients who are undergoing aggressive therapies such as radiations are more susceptible to the virus.
There are no magic tricks to conceal the oral herpes as the infections lasts from seven to ten days. It is usually beneficial to use a mild potassium permanganate solution or any similar nonalcoholic anti-septic solutions. Mild sage tea is usually recommended and the mouth should be rinsed several times a day. For reducing the primary symptoms such as the tingling and itching zinc, or acyclovir ointments or mixtures as well as herpes band aids. In the case of genital herpes always seek medical assistance.