Everything You Need to Know About Cold Sores

Cold sores are often referred to as fever blisters and appear on the lips or around a person’s mouth. Noticeable clusters of small often red and swollen blisters that may open and ooze a clear fluid. Typically they will scab over within a few days followed by the healing process which can take a few days to a couple of weeks.

Any break in the skin around or inside the mouth allows the herpes simplex virus 1 or herpes labialis the opportunity to invade the body. The herpes simplex virus is what causes the resulting cold sore. Highly contagious even to the sufferer, care must be taken to prevent further spread for themselves and others. Touching a cold sore or any infected fluid can spread the virus also kissing and coming in contact with an infected person’s saliva will infect another person.

The signs and symptoms that indicate it’s a cold sore are the following:

  • Pain around the mouth and lips
  • Sore throat
  • Swollen glands in the neck or other parts of the body
  • With children drooling

Testing is unnecessary to confirm a diagnosis of herpes simplex 1, during your Langley Dentists appointment you will usually be asked if you’ve had recent contact with the virus and examine you. No medication is required as the cold sores will themselves with a few days to 2 weeks. For those experiencing discomfort or embarrassment there are ointments, skin creams and pills to speed up the healing process by a day or two and ease any pain or discomfort a person might be experiencing.

When experiencing a cold sore you should keep the area surrounding the sores tidy through proper washing with an antiseptic soap. An antiseptic soap has ingredients that minimize the chance of inflammation additionally over the counter medications can shield the cold sores from irritation and applying a cold compress can be soothing.

Once you have the herpes simplex virus it says in your body permanently however there are ways to make sure you never get it in the first place. The most obvious one is to avoid contact with any infected body fluids, never share eating utensils,  drinking cups or other items used by a person with cold sores.

At Willowbrook Dental Clinic we care about all aspects of your oral health, contact our reception desk today to schedule your next appointment.


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