How Is Herpetic Stomatitis Treated and Managed?
Over-the-counter pain and fever medications might be all you need to treat HSV-1. However, depending on the situation, your doctor might prescribe a virus-fighting medication (pills and ointments) and numbing medicine to ease a child's pain.
As a parent, besides administering the necessary medication, you can take these measures:
- Guard against dehydration by giving your child plenty of fluids, such as water or diluted apple juice.
- Feed your child food that's cool and easy-to-swallow (Ice cream might be a popular option.)
- Apply ice or a warm compress to help ease the pain.
- As gently as you can, brush your child's teeth regularly.
- Ensure your child gets enough sleep.
Even if your child resists all your measures, it's essential you persist so your child will get better in a week or two.
After the first outbreak, further outbreaks are usually infrequent and less severe as antibodies have built up. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, these factors might trigger a recurrence of oral herpes: fever, surgery, menstruation, too much sun, emotional stress, or physical injuries.
As mentioned, HSV-1 is a condition for life as the body can't eliminate the oral herpes virus. To minimize flareups of the virus, do what you usually do to avoid all health conditions: Maintain a healthy lifestyle, and reduce emotional and physical stresses.