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HPV and Oral Cancer

HPV or the Human Papillomavirus is the most common sexually transmitted infection today. The CDC reports that “80% of Americans will have HPV infections in their lifetime with 99% of the infections clearing without consequence.”  With over 100+ strains of the virus identified, approximately 40 types have been most identified with genital infections and two, HPV16 andHPV18, more known to be responsible for causing cancer, more specifically of the cervix, mouth, and throat.

Most types of HPV infections are fought by the body’s immune system, and most people do not know they have been infected. There is no cure for HPV, but generally, the virus runs its course and is out of the immune system within two years (oralcancerfoundation.org). Some strains, however, are suspected of lying dormant in the body and then spread to other partner’s years later, unbeknown to the carrier. HPV is spread through skin to skin contact. There is no pain or symptoms associated with the infection, but it can …

Cold Sores: A Hot Topic

Anyone who has suffered from a cold sore knows the first sign of onset is as deflating and disappointing as your favorite team losing the Super Bowl or as embarrassing as being turned down for a first date. In fact, anyone who has suffered knows that a first date will likely cause an eruption in the first place!  It is certain that for nearly the next two weeks you will be uncomfortable and frustrated by what you feel is an unsightly growth that will capture the attention of everyone for whom you meet.  For some, this occurs a few times a year but for others, it can be a monthly eruption that brings anxiety, self-consciousness, pain and an altered lifestyle until the sore heals.

A cold sore or fever blister is a viral infection caused the herpes simplex virus (HSV 1) and is, therefore, an incurable viral infection that can only be managed during outbreaks.  The herpes virus, once contracted, lays dormant in nerve bundles called ganglions until an outbreak occurs. The virus is contagi…