Herpes can be a frustrating virus to deal with. There are two different types of the herpes virus which can affect various areas of your body. Since you can never be cured of the herpes virus, you must learn to deal with outbreaks when they occur. Let’s take a closer look at herpes and whether you can get herpes on your tongue.
Can You Get Herpes On Your Tongue?
While you may associate herpes type 1 with cold sores on your lips, it is possible to suffer from the symptoms of herpes on your tongue. This is referred to as oral herpes and usually affects more of your mouth than just your tongue. More than half of all adults in the United States are thought to have oral herpes.
Symptoms of Oral Herpes
Herpes on the tongue or anywhere around the mouth usually start about 2-12 days after getting the infection and last, on average, 7-10 days. Symptoms of cold sores may include:
- Pain, itching, burning, or tingling before the appearance of a sore
- Blisters which start as small, shallow, gray ulcers on a red base and then become crusted, scabbed, dry, and yellow
- Sores may appear on the lips, gums, nose, front of the tongue, cheeks, throat, roof of the mouth, chin, or neck
- Bleeding, swollen, red gums
- Painful, swollen neck lymph nodes
- A grayish coating on the tonsils and a sore throat with shallow ulcers
Herpes On Tongue Treatment
Once you have the herpes virus, you will always have it; there is no cure. Luckily, there are options for treating the symptoms of herpes. Some herpes treatments include:
- Antiviral drugs which may be administered as pills, creams, or intravenously and can help speed up the healing process, like:
- Acyclovir (Xerese, Zovirax)
- Valacyclovir (Valtrex)
- Famciclovir (Famvir)
- Penciclovir (Denavir)
- Home remedies and alternative medicine for herpes include:
- Cold sore ointments like Docosanol (Abreva)
- Zinc oxide cream or lip balm with sunblock to protect your lips
- Applying a cool compress (like a cold, wet washcloth) to reduce redness, help remove crusting, and promote healing
- Over the counter products such as pain relievers, creams with lidocaine or benzocaine, or remedies that contain a drying agent like alcohol
- Drinking plenty of fluids
- Lysine is an amino acid supplement that’s available as a pill or a cream
- Rhubarb-sage cream for easing pain for perioral or skin sores
Experiencing symptoms of herpes virus? Book an appointment with a PlushCare physician and get a prescription today.