about Cold Sores
Cold sores are blisters on the lips near the mouth. The blisters are usually swollen, inflamed and red, and can be uncomfortable. Other names are oral herpes, mouth herpes, herpes simplex labialis, or a fever blister. The lesions can appear independently or in little clusters, and when they break, a transparent fluid leaks out and the blister will scab over. Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus, also called HSV, and may appear in or around the mouth. Unfortunately, this problem is highly infectious and can be transmitted quite easily when someone touches the affected area. Cold sores can be easily diagnosed and treated by seasoned dentist Dr. Michaela Tozzi at Michaela Tozzi, DMD with minimally invasive laser treatments. If you live in Henderson, NV or near Las Vegas, reach out to our office today to schedule an appointment.
Causes of cold sores
Cold sores can be caused by a variety of different reasons and are usually transmitted by physical contact or saliva exchange. Some causes for cold sore outbreaks may include:
- Excessive sunlight
- Exhaustion or stress
- Sharing lipsticks
- Poor hygiene
Symptoms of cold sores
A typical symptom of a cold sore is a tingling or burning feeling preceding the arrival of the outbreak. The traditional indication of herpes is a group of blisters with a foundation of reddish skin. The blisters seem like a drop of water full of liquid. These blisters dry up quickly and leave a scab that lasts from a couple of days to a few weeks, based on the severity of the cold sore.
cold sore Treatment
Cold sores typically go away on their own within a few days. However, if they are noticeable on the lip or close to the mouth, it is sometimes painful and embarrassing. Michaela Tozzi, DMD can help accelerate the healing process through advanced laser therapy. Our cold sore treatment goes straight to the cause of the problem, targeting the virus responsible for cold sores. Laser therapy can even treat a cold sore before the blister stage occurs without harming the surrounding tissue or coming in contact with your skin. This therapy is especially ideal for those who frequently suffer from cold sores.
Restore your aesthetic
Advanced laser therapy can help speed up your healing so you can get back to enjoying your smile with confidence. If you are suffering from a cold sore, call Michaela Tozzi, DMD in the Greater Las Vegas area to learn more about laser therapy. With this innovative treatment, we can help control your cold sore quickly and effectively in addition to preventing future outbreaks.