Diagnosis and management of recurrent herpes simplex infections
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The Journal of the American Dental Association
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Dentists are frequently asked by patients to diagnose and treat recurrent herpetic infections, which are painful and disfiguring. The author explores the diagnosis and treatment of these commonly encountered viral conditions.
Herpetic infections represent a reactivation of the herpes simplex virus, which is highly infectious to patients, their families, dentists and staff members. The diagnosis of these conditions usually is based on case-specific historical findings, the characteristic clinical appearance and the location of the lesions.
Dentists often treat patients with a history of recurrent herpetic infections. Currently used topical antiviral agents, when used in a timely manner, are well-absorbed and quite effective in decreasing the severity and duration of herpetic episodes.
Until the herpetic lesions are completely healed, the dental team and patient should use management strategies to prevent spread of the virus, ensure adequate nutrition and maintain appropriate oral hygiene practices.
Siegel, Michael Alan, "Diagnosis and management of recurrent herpes simplex infections" (2002). Faculty Articles. 148.