Herpes Stomatitis Symptoms and Treatment

Herpes Stomatitis

It seems like no part of the body is immune from some sort of herpes. Herpes stomatitis is a viral infection that causes sores and ulcers and inflammation of the mouth that is most commonly found in young children. For some, this is their first herpes outbreak, as it is often their first experience with this virus, carried by almost 90% of people. In fact, it’s likely that if a child in the home develops this condition, someone else in the home has a cold sore herpes infection. While obviously the visible blisters in and around the mouth and on the tongue are the most noticeable of oral herpes symptoms, there are other symptoms that are important to be aware of, especially in young children. High fever, drooling, pain, irritability, lack of appetite and difficulty swallowing are all additional symptoms of herpes stomatitis. Because of the possibility of the appearance of a secondary infection in the eye (known as herpetic keratoconjunctivitis) that can lead to blindness, children should also be closely monitored for signs of discomfort or irritation in the eye area during an active herpes stomatitis infection.

Treatment for this condition is almost always Acyclovir, a medicine which attacks the underlying cause of the ailment, a virus. While many people think that alternative and holistic treatments such as lysine herpes supplements are effective, there is little to no evidence that suggests this. In fact, opting for alternative remedies will only delay the treatment of the condition, which can take 10 days. During treatment of herpes stomatitis, numbing agents such as lidocaine are often employed to minimize discomfort. In addition, a clear liquid diet is also helpful, primarily during the first few days of infection and before the blisters pop.

Because of the extremely contagious nature of herpes, it’s absolutely essential to ensure that no direct contact is made with the active infection. Good night kisses are a no no, and frequent hand washing and good basic sanitation practices will help prevent subsequent infections throughout the household. If you, or someone in your home is exhibiting the signs of this condition, see your health care provider so that treatment can begin as soon as necessary.