Often referred to as fever blisters, cold sores are small blisters that normally form around the mouth and near the lips. The surrounding skin becomes red, swollen, and sore making it very uncomfortable to even speak. If left untreated, cold sores can ultimately break open and start to leak fluid. Eventually they scab over and heal themselves after a couple weeks.
So what causes these unsightly sores? The sore is caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). It can enter the body through a break in the skin inside or around your mouth. Among the top contributors are stress and excessive sunlight, however, sharing drinking cups, razors, or kissing can also spread the virus.
Treatment options vary from topical to oral medications, but the key to optimal therapy is to initiate treatment at the very first sign of symptoms. In the initial stage of getting a cold sore minor burning, stinging, or itching may occur. If you think you may be witnessing the initial stages of a cold sore or might already have one and can’t seem to find relief, call today to schedule appointment with Dr. Lily.