Cold sores can be painful, contagious blisters that form around the lips and mouth. Typically lasting a few weeks, these blisters are caused by the herpes simplex type 1 virus and can occur continuously as long as the person is infected with the virus. Although these infections go away on their own, the onset of having cold sores can be particularly troublesome and painful, causing an itching, tingling sensation that leads to crusted, leaking sores. If you regularly suffer from cold sores, then know that we have treatments available that can remove those pesky cold sores and give you lasting relief.
How Are Cold Sores Treated?
At Taylor Made Smiles, we can provide multiple treatment options to help you heal from your cold sores, including:
- Laser Treatment: Laser treatments can keep cold sores under control and help remove them effectively. Laser treatments can help keep outbreaks from reoccurring through a process called biostimulation, increasing collagen production along with the first few skin layers and aiding in the healing process. Biostimulation also helps numb the nerve cells around the area to provide pain relief from the cold sore.
- Topical Creams: We can also prescribe topical creams to help the area heal from the cold sore. These topical creams, including types like penciclovir (Denavir), help to speed up the healing process and decrease symptoms of tingling, pain, burning, and itching. These topical creams help halt the growth of the virus and are often used in combination with other medicines and treatments to remove the infection.
- Oral Medications: Alongside topical creams, oral medications can also be prescribed to help speed up the healing process and prevent reoccurrences. These antiviral medications are most effective within the first 48 hours of a cold sore outbreak.
- Numbing agents: In other cases, alongside our other treatments, we may also provide numbing agents that include phenol or menthol to reduce signs of cracking and soften the scabs that develop from your cold sores. These can also work to help minimize symptoms of pain and speed up the healing process.
All of our treatments can be provided right at our office. It is especially important to seek treatment for your cold sores if you have a weakened immune system or if your cold sore doesn’t heal within the first two weeks. Depending on how fully developed the cold sore is, it’s important to catch signs of an outbreak as soon as possible to help prevent the chance of reinfections.
How We Work To Prevent Cold Sores
Our dental team will provide you with high-quality dental care that’s affordable, soothing, and comforting. When it comes to cold sore infections, we work with our patients to provide them with information about their treatment options, insurance coverage, and preventative methods to help them have a healthier smile. If you or your loved ones have more questions about our cold sore treatments, please get in touch with us at Taylor Made Smiles, and we will be delighted to work with you to treat your cold sores and your dental health.