By Gary M. White, MD

Recurrent intraoral herpes simplex infection (RIHSI) is characterized by a few, small, grouped vesicles that rapidly break down to circular erosions.


In one review of 58 cases [Med Oral Patol Oral Cir Bucal. 2011;16:e163], the mean age in women was 41 years (± 22) and in the men 32 years (± 16). Most of the patients presented multiple lesions. Approximately 1/4 had lesions on the vermillion border as well. Both fixed and mobile mucosa were commonly involved.


Oral antiviral agents may be given. See herpes labialis.


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