Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Overview Incidence Risk Factors Symptoms trigger factors Evaluation Treatment eye infection Home Care pain in adults pain in children warning signs Prevention Outlook Complications Underlying Cause Transmission

Lip Herpes Underlying Cause

Cold sores are caused by a virus, called Herpes simplex virus type 1. The virus enters through the skin around the mouth and causes ulcers to form on the skin surface. After the initial infection, the virus becomes inactive and remains in the nerves that provide feeling to the face. Under periods of physical or emotional stress, the virus can become activated again, which results in an episode of cold sores.

About 90 percent of the population is exposed to the herpes virus that is responsible for cold sores.

Continue to Lip Herpes Transmission

Last Updated: Sep 25, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
Copyright DSHI Systems, Inc. Powered by: FreeMD - Your Virtual Doctor

PubMed Lip Herpes References
  1. Arduino PG, Porter SR. Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 infection: overview on relevant clinico-pathological features. J Oral Pathol Med. 2008 Feb;37(2):107-21. [18197856]
  2. Elish D, Singh F, Weinberg JM. Therapeutic options for herpes labialis, I: Oral agents. Cutis. 2004 Jul;74(1):31-4. [15293697]
  3. Elish D, Singh F, Weinberg JM. Therapeutic options for herpes labialis, II: Topical agents. Cutis. 2004 Jul;74(1):35-40. [1529369]
  4. Waggoner-Fountain LA, Grossman LB. Herpes simplex virus. Pediatr Rev. 2004 Mar;25(3):86-93. [14993516]
  5. Worrall G. Herpes labialis. Clin Evid. 2004 Dec;(12):2312-20. [15865790]
FreeMD is provided for information purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for evaluation and treatment by a physician. Please review our terms of use.