Cold sores are viral infections that are unable to be cured. However, treatment can help manage symptoms and promote quick healing, reducing the frequency, length, and severity of future outbreaks.
Read more to learn about cold sores, their causes, symptoms, and remedies.
Cold sores are small fever blisters that form around the mouth. These blisters are usually grouped in patches, which, when they break, form a scab that lasts several days. Cold sores can spread from person to person by kissing or sharing eating utensils or towels.
Although cold sores are usually caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus 1, they can also be caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus 2.
Other factors that may result in cold sores include:
Common symptoms of a cold sore are:
However, these symptoms will vary depending on the individuals and the frequency of outbreaks.
During the first outbreak, the symptoms will appear after 20 days of exposure to the virus. The sores might last several days, however, the blisters will heal in two to three weeks without leaving scars.
First-time cold sore symptoms include:
Generally, cold sores can heal on its own without treatment within a few weeks. However, if you experience a frequent reoccurrence of cold sores, you must see us, our dentists, who then may prescribe antiviral medication/injection or lip cream or laser treatment in some cases. We can't stress enough that you need to call immediately and seek help at your first symptoms or outbreak, pain, swelling or the typical tingling feeling are the most commonly reported symptoms.
You can also try these natural remedies for treating cold sores:
We genuinely care about your health. Visit our team if your cold sores are becoming unmanageable. Our practice, Smile Arizona Dentistry, is located in south Scottsdale, AZ and we look forward to helping you maintain optimum oral care and health for a lifetime. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for your routine care and hygiene visit!
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