If your kid becomes infected with oral herpes or also known as the cold sore virus, know that this can possibly return at times when the skin gets irritated from other causes or when the immune system of the body is run down. Here are some pointers to know about the cold sore virus.
The typical triggers of cold sore for kids who were exposed to the virus before could be:
Stress and fatigue
Exposure to extreme dryness, cold, heat, or sunlight
Fluctuating hormones (during a menstrual period of a teen for instance)
Breaks in or injuries to the skin
Illness such as flu or cold
Poor diet and dehydration
Does oral herpes come back?
After the first occurrence of cold sore to your child, the virus will settle into bunches of nerve cells in the body, which causes no warning sign except if it triggers and travels back up to the surface of the skin. Though the virus still stays in the body for the rest of your life, the reappearance of this virus is greatly possible. Other kids might not have another cold sore, though some might get several outbreaks every year. If the virus does retrigger, the cold sore will have a tendency to redevelop at the same location but commonly not inside of the mouth.
The initial indicators of a flare-up can be burning, itching, or tingling where the cold sore traverses toward the skin. As parents, you might observe that your kids keep on scratching or touching a spot on the lip that begins to redden and swell before the sores develop.
When should you go to your pediatrician?
When the skin all over the cold sore feels hot to touch, swollen, or reddened
This might be an indicator of a secondary bacterial infection. For children with weak immune systems due to particular medications and diseases, one of the concerns for them could be a body-wide (sepsis) or an infection that spreads to the bloodstream.
When the soles won’t heal on their own within 7-10 days
Your pediatrician might have to exclude other medical conditions and/or secondary bacterial infection.
When your kid experiences a headache, combined with fever, seizure, or confusion during a cold sore outbreak
This could indicate a hazardous brain infection that’s caused by the virus, such as encephalitis or meningitis.
When you can see blisters or sores near the eyes of your child
HSV is one of the top reasons why corneal infections occur.
When your baby gets a fever or a blister-like rash
Contact your pediatrician if your kid experiences such indicators since it can possibly be a neonatal herpes simplex infection, which could be dangerous.
If your child gets the first cold sore infection
This is particularly highly suggested when your kid has a hard time fighting an infection or a severe skin condition like eczema. If you want to know a natural cure for HSV, ask your pediatrician about this.