Mouth Pimples or Herpes?


Mouth pimples or acne?

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We, as human beings, always tend to believe the worst when we think of our bodies and potential diseases. This is probably due to our animalistic nature, where the slightest change in our body’s look and function causes instant stress. There is no exception for mouth pimples and herpes-when they form, we can’t help but speculate and worry about whether it is a common case of acne… or something more sinister.

Whenever an unusual irritation pops up around the mouth, we unwittingly think of herpes. In all likelihood, it is something simple like mouth acne. Many conditions appear similar to herpes at first glance. Ordinary nuisances like pimples, jock itch and ingrown hairs all look roughly the same upon first inspection. The question is: what exactly is oral herpes?

Mouth herpes is caused by the herpes simplex virus. This virus belongs to the family of herpes viruses. We won’t go too deep into the virology but learning at least a little bit of the behind the scene science can help us discern the difference should the symptoms ever arise.

Herpes simplex has two types: herpes simplex type I (HSV-1) and herpes simplex type II (HSV-2). Mouth herpes are mainly caused by the HSV type I and most of the genital herpes are caused by the HSV type II.

People are more familiar with mouth pimples than with mouth herpes. The former is actually a block in the pore of your skin. This block makes causes the pore to become infected. In other words, a pimple is a natural reaction of the skin’s metabolism.

So which is it? 

So how does one differentiate between acne around the mouth with herpes? First, one must watch the infection and make a decision according to the location. If it collects around the mouth, then in all likelihood it is a common pimple even though it may look like the symptoms of herpes.

On the other hand, if lesion is inside the mouth than it is probably not an ordinary pimple. Since acne is a symptom of a blocked pore, and since we know that there are no pores inside your mouth, all signs point to something else. Another surefire way to tell the difference is the duration of the inflammation. Mouth pimples clear up quickly after being popped but herpes lesions, on the other hand, persist longer. They also often appear in clusters of a few lesions in close proximity to one another, whereas mouth pimples typically appear alone.

We know that prevention is often the key in these instances. For mouth pimples, the most effective prevention is to keep oneself neat and clean, especially concerning the pores on our skin. One should follow our guide entitled, “How to wash your face properly”. For mouth herpes, however, we have to take some extra precautions. It can be easily transmitted through direct contact between broken skin and contagious areas. The mucous membrane tissues in your mouth are one such area. For the best prevention possible, abstinence is recommended. If a person experiences symptoms of oral herpes then doctors recommend abstaining from performing oral sex and kissing others directly on the mouth.

Unfortunately, there is no cure for oral herpes

There currently is no cure for oral herpes. According to the researchers, humans have to wait approximately two to three more years for herpes vaccines to hit the market. Also, the vaccines will function only to prevent herpes: those who already have the virus will probably not see any benefit.
Though there is no cure for herpes, one could consult his doctor for medication because there are some drugs which effectively reduce the frequency and duration for herpes outbreaks.

Always see your health care professional if you have any questions regarding conditions about your body.