Cold Sores… Everything you need to know

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As you likely know, cold sores are a group of tiny, painful blisters caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). This virus is highly contagious, making cold sores extremely easy to spread through touch.
Cold sores usually appear on the outside of the mouth and lips, but they can also develop on the nose and cheeks.
When cold sores do develop, they can be treated through medications and professional treatments.
At Maple Mews Dental, we offer a laser treatment that helps speed up the cold sore healing process. Many patients call the office to schedule a treatment at the first sign of a bump or tingling.
There are certain things that have been known to trigger an outbreak. These include:
Fever, colds, allergies, fatigue, stress.
Cold sores aren’t only contagious when they are visible – they are most contagious immediately before the blister forms. Many people who suffer from cold sores report that they can feel the blister coming in before it arrives.
If you have a cold sore or feel one coming on, it is very important to avoid the dentist unless you are seeking an appointment to have your cold sore treated with our laser.
Keeping this in mind will prevent you from spreading the virus to the dentist and hygienist, and help you avoid any pain or discomfort that can occur when you open your mouth wide for treatment.
If you have a cold sore and have a regular dental appointment scheduled, please contact the office and we will find an alternative time to see you.