A painful infection that is the result of the herpes simplex virus is known as a cold sore. Cold sores are often referred to as fever blisters and can be seen anywhere on the body. However, they are typically found on the outside of the mouth and lips.
Fortunately, cold sores are common and not usually serious. However, they are uncomfortable. If you have a burning or tingling feeling around your lips, a small fluid-filled blister on the outside edge of your lips, or a sore that oozes fluid before it forms into a crust or scab, you likely have a cold sore.
In most cases, cold sores will take about 2 to 4 weeks to completely heal. The best medicine for them is usually patience paired with a nutritious diet and good oral hygiene. Special rinses and anesthetics, over-the-counter topical creams, and antiviral medication may expedite the healing process.
If you are bothered by your cold sore, we encourage you to schedule an appointment at River Run Dental Spa. We can take a look at it to make sure it’s not a sign of a more serious issue like oral cancer. In addition, we may be able to prescribe an antiviral medication to jumpstart the healing process.
Schedule an Appointment at River Run Dental
At River Run Dental, we understand how uncomfortable cold sores can be. Therefore, we are dedicated to helping you treat this condition as safely and efficiently as possible. If you have a cold sore, call us at (804) 409-0387 to schedule an appointment at our spa-like dental office.