Can You Get Herpes On Your Tongue?

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The herpes simplex virus is usually identifiable by its characteristic lesion: A thin-walled blister on an inflamed base of skin. However, other conditions can resemble herpes, and doctors cannot base a herpes diagnosis on visual inspection alone. In addition, many patients who carry the virus do not have visible genital or oral lesions. Laboratory tests are essential for confirming herpes diagnosis. These tests include:

  • Virologic tests (viral culture of the lesion)
  • Serologic tests...
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