Can You Get Herpes By Sharing A Towel?

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Definition

Herpes labialis is infection of the lips, mouth, or gums with the herpes simplex virus. It leads to the development of small, painful blisters commonly called cold sores or fever blisters.


Alternative Names

Cold sore; Fever blister; Herpes simplex - oral; Oral herpes simplex


Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Herpes labialis is a common disease caused by infection of the mouth area with herpes simplex virus type 1. Most people in the United States are infected with this virus by age 20.

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