What Causes Cold Sores?
At some point, nearly all of us have developed a cold sore, also known as fever blisters. These small groupings of blisters in and around the mouth are the result of the herpes simplex virus. When a break forms in the skin around the mouth, the virus can enter and cause sores. These can also be spread via infected fluid on eating utensils, razors, and saliva contact (such as kissing). Often, they can spread from parent to child.
What are the Symptoms?
The symptoms can vary, but may include pain or itching, as well as a tingling sensation. You may also encounter a sore throat, fever, and swollen glands in the neck. For some, the sores can cause serious discomfort. Typically, after the blister forms, the sore breaks, leaking a clear fluid. The sore then crusts over and vanishes after a few days.
How Do We Treat Cold Sores?
While in most cases cold sores simply disappear after a few days, the discomfort and embarrassment often leave people unwilling to wait. Traditional treatment options may include ointments, skin creams, and medication in pill form. These treatments typically only remove cold sores one to two days sooner, but they can make symptoms less painful in some cases.
However, the best option for removing them is via laser therapy. If caught in the early stages, the laser can prevent the sore from erupting. If you already have one, the procedure can ease discomfort and help it heal significantly faster.
The herpes simplex virus can’t be cured, so you’ll be dealing with cold sores throughout your life. Fortunately, laser treatment can reduce the amount you develop and prevent them from becoming serious. The sores often stop reappearing the same spots as well. Other benefits of treatment include:
- The procedure is affordable
- The laser destroys the virus behind the sores
- Patients often enjoy immediate relief
- If caught early enough, lasers can prevent the sores from erupting
- Patients enjoy a faster healing period
- Treatment is quick and doesn’t require aesthesia
Do You Have a Cold Sore?
If you’re tired of cold sores, then speak with your dentist about advanced laser treatment. To schedule a consultation, call Grinnell Street Dental at (307) 672-7567. Located in Sheridan, WY, we also proudly serve the residents of Gillette, Billings, Miles City, and all surrounding communities.