A cold sore is a viral infection also known as the herpes simplex. There are two forms of herpes simplex virus: HSV-1 and HSV-2. Both viruses can cause sores around the mouth and the genitals. They occur in groups of small blisters on the lip and around the mouth, and can frequently recur in the same spot every week or it can surface once a year in a new location. Cold sores are commonly brought on by stress, although the virus must already be in the patient’s body for the blister to form. It is recommended that a medicated lip care product or a prescription oral medication be used at the first sign of a cold sore.
Cold Sore Symptoms
Cold sores may cause pain or discomfort around your mouth or lips, a sore throat, swollen glands, or a fever. Sores may break open, leak a clear fluid, and then crust over and disappear within two weeks.
Cold Sore Treatment
Cold Sores usually heal on their own, but can be treated if they cause pain or embarrassment. Skin creams, ointments, or pills can help to rid your cold sores 1-2 days faster, but can also help diminish symptoms. The herpes simplex virus that causes cold sores cannot be cured, but can be managed.
If you are interested in undergoing treatment for cold sores, contact the office of Dr. Diggs to schedule a consultation today.