Oral herpes

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What is oral herpes?

Oral herpes simplex is caused by human herpesviruses 1 and 2 (HSV-1 or HSV-2). It is characterized by small fluid-filled vesicles on the skin or a mucous membrane with a raised base often referred to as cold sores or fever blisters.

Common symptoms reported by people with oral herpes

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with oral herpes

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Zovirax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
oral herpes (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Parafon Forte DSC)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Famvir)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
oral herpes (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Carnitor)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
1
Tried for
fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Sundown L-Lysine)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
1
Tried for
oral herpes (1)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Spring Valley L-Lysine)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
1
Treatment name(s)

(Ritalin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
fatigue (1)

Data from patients with oral herpes, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with oral herpes

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Zovirax)
Perceived effectiveness
for oral herpes (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
oral herpes (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Parafon Forte DSC)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
very tired right after treatment
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
Pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Famvir)
Perceived effectiveness
for oral herpes (2 evaluations)
Side effects
heart rate increased
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
oral herpes (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Carnitor)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Sundown L-Lysine)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
oral herpes (1)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
Pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Spring Valley L-Lysine)
Perceived effectiveness
for cold sores (fever blisters) (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Treatment name(s)

(Ritalin)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
fatigue (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with oral herpes, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has oral herpes on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 1
20s 17
30s 34
40s 25
50s 16
60s 12
70+ 1
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 34
20-29 years 10
30-39 years 8
40-49 years 5
50-59 years 0
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Sex

Distribution of sex

68% Female
32% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 60
Not Diagnosed 21

These charts show data from oral herpes patients who have completed their condition history
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