At what age is acute herpetic gingivostomatitis most likely to occur in patients with herpes simplex virus (HSV) infections?

Updated: Mar 01, 2018
  • Author: Folusakin O Ayoade, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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This is a manifestation of primary HSV-1 infection that occurs in children aged 6 months to 5 years. Adults may also develop acute gingivostomatitis, but it is less severe and is associated more often with a posterior pharyngitis. [5]

Infected saliva from an adult or another child is the mode of infection. The incubation period is 3-6 days.


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