Gingivostomatitis, herpetic

  • Viral infection that affects the gums and mouth
  • Symptoms may include groups of painful small blisters and ulcers inside the mouth, fever and enlarged lymph nodes in the neck
  • Spread by contact with infected saliva
  • Affects males and females
  • Can occur at any age but more common in children
  • May be mild to severe depending on factors such as age, health status and whether it is the first contact with the virus
  • May be a first or recurring infection

Wash hands regularly

 

FOR FEVER

  • Apply cool cloth to forehead or armpits
  • Drink plenty of fluids (especially water)
  • Avoid alcohol, tea and coffee as these drinks can cause slight dehydration
  • Over-the-counter medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Acetaminophen
    • Ibuprofen
    • Aspirin (Do not give to children or adolescents)

 

FOR PAIN

  • Apply hot or cold packs to the area
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Distraction
  • Over-the-counter medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Acetaminophen
    • Ibuprofen

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