Cold sores — which may also be called oral herpes, fever blisters, or HSV-1 — infect more than half of the U.S. population by the time they reach their twenties. These small blisters can be found around the lips and last several days. While there isn’t a permanent cure for cold sores, there are treatments that can help get rid of them sooner and prevent them in the future.
What causes cold sores?
There are many causes of cold sores since they are so contagious. These include situations of close contact with someone who is infected, such as:
- Sharing utensils.
- Sharing lip balm.
The virus can be dormant, so those infected won’t know they’ve picked it up until it’s triggered by something like sunlight, fatigue, or — for women — a menstrual cycle, and sores develop. Because of this, it’s important to make sure not to share things like lip balm with others!
How can laser therapy help?
While there are over-the-counter ointments and medicines you can purchase to help heal the sores, you can also visit your dentist for laser treatment, which can be more beneficial.
Laser therapy is a short and painless procedure that involves the dentist delivering low levels of energy to the area. The laser allows for the repair of damaged cells and stimulates the growth of new cells. When given before the cold sore has developed but the tingling has begun, it can prevent it from further developing. When given after the cold sore has flared up, it can help cut down on healing time.
If you’re someone who struggles with cold sores and is interested in laser treatment, contact our office today to learn more!