Oral herpes, also known as cold sores or fever blisters, is a common viral infection that can affect both men and women. It is caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV) and is highly contagious.
Symptoms of oral herpes in men may include:
- Small, painful blisters on or around the lips, mouth, or gums
- Swollen and sore lymph nodes in the neck or chin area
- A burning or tingling sensation on the lips or mouth before the blisters appear
- Flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, and muscle aches
Most cases of oral herpes in men are caused by HSV-1, which is typically spread through contact with infected saliva or skin. The virus can be transmitted through kissing, sharing utensils or cups, or touching the infected area and then touching another part of the body.
While there is no cure for oral herpes, antiviral medications can help to reduce the severity and duration of symptoms. It is also important to practice good hygiene, avoid close contact with others during outbreaks, and avoid sharing personal items that may have come into contact with the virus.