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Diseases reference index «Fever blister causes»

Question:

What causes fever blisters?

Answer:

A fever blister located on the lips, mouth, and face is usually caused by the highly contagious herpes simplex type 1 virus. Only a small number are caused by herpes simplex type 2, the type usually associated with genital lesions.

There is no cure for a fever blister. However, there are medications that will relieve the pain and itchiness, and speed the healing of the blister.

See: Herpes labialis (oral herpes simplex)

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