Herpetic stomatitis is a viral infection of the mouth that causes sores and ulcers. These mouth ulcers are not the same as canker sores, which are not caused by a virus.

Essentials of Diagnosis:-

• Common in children below 10 years.
• Severe ulceration of oral mucous membrane asso-
ciated with systemic signs, i.e. fever, lymphadeno- pathy (cervical) and malaise.


-Local Idoxuridine application or 5 per cent Acyclovir cream (Zovirax).
-Oral Acyclovir 400-1000 mg/day for 12 months if frequent cold sores.

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