Primary herpes simplex gingivostomatitis and recurrent orolabial infection

Jacob Amir*

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Herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection may cause a wide spectrum of illness in children and adults. Gingivostomatitis is the most common specific clinical manifestation of primary HSV infection in childhood. The peak incidence appears in the 1- to 3-years age group. HSV type 1 (HSV-1) is almost always the cause. The disease is a self-limiting but painful infection of the oral mucosa causing extreme discomfort that lasts for about two weeks. Herpetic gingivostomatitis has also been described in adults, with similar clinical manifestations (1, 2).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHerpes Simplex Viruses
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781351361569
ISBN (Print)9781138105942
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2017


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