Cold Sores

Cold Sores

Cold sores, sometimes called fever blisters, are groups of small blisters on the lip and around the mouth that are caused by herpes simplex virus. The prodromal symptoms warnings signs of cold sores may include a tingling, itching, or pain around your mouth and on your lips, a fever, a sore throat, or swollen glands in your neck or other parts of the body. After the blisters appear, the cold sore usually break open, leak a clear fluid, and then crust over and disappear after several days to 2 weeks. For some people, cold sores can be very painful.

How to treat cold sores?

Cold sore will usually start to heal on their own within a few days and then disappear within a couple weeks. However, if they cause pain or make you feel self-conscious, they can be treated. Treatment may include skin creams, ointments, or sometimes pills. This type of treatment may only get rid of the cold sore 1 to 2 day faster, but it can lessen the uncomfortable symptoms. A more effective way to treat cold sores is through laser therapy.

If you catch the lesion in time with the laser treatment, you can prevent the cold sore from breaking out. As soon as you feel that tingling sensation that warns you of an on-coming sore, schedule an appointment for a laser treatment. Relief is immediate and profound; treatment only takes a few minutes and is completed without anesthesia.

If you get cold sores often, treatment can reduce the number of cold sores you get and how severe they are. It often happens that people will get cold sores that reoccur in the same place every time. After being treated with a laser multiple times, there is a good chance the sore will not appear in the same place again.