How to Get Rid of a Cold Sore

If you have ever suffered from a cold sore, then you know the symptoms. You may start to feel a tingling in or around your mouth. From there, the edge of your lip, or the corner of your mouth begins to burn. Next, an ugly red sore appears. A few days later, the sore breaks open and crusts over. Below are some suggestions for how to get rid of a cold sore and painless cold sore removals in Rogers Arkansas.

What is a Cold Sore?

Cold sores are also known as fever blisters. They are painful lesions or blisters that form without much warning. Once they set in, it can be difficult to know how to get rid of cold sores. There are other facts that you may need to know about cold sores, including:

  • The Herpes Simplex Type 1 virus causes them
  • They are highly contagious
  • Turn into yellow-crusted sores
  • They disappear within 14 days of an outbreak
  • They occur over and over again
  • There is no known cure

How to Get Rid of a Cold Sore: Two Treatments

There are two types of clinical treatment for cold sores that your dentist can provide:

1. Laser Therapy

You can get treatment and containment for cold sores during the early stages. Laser therapy can keep an outbreak from occurring if caught in time. As soon as you feel the sensations of tingling or pain in the area where the cold sore is starting, you should see your dentist.

If you are unable to come in before a blister appears, laser therapy can take away the discomfort and help your cold sore heal faster. Biostimulation provided by laser therapy increases collagen production aiding in healing.

After laser treatment, the nerve cells around the area are deadened. You will feel instant pain relief. Laser therapy for cold sores is often covered by your dental insurance and is a procedure your dentist can perform in only a few minutes without anesthetic!

2. Topical Cream

Topical cream can speed up the healing of the sores and decrease symptoms such as tingling, pain, burning, itching. The cream works by stopping the growth of the virus. This medication does not cure herpes, and it does not prevent passing the infection to someone else. So, delay coming into contact with someone else until the cold sore has passed.

Common Home Remedies for Treating Cold Sores

In addition to the above treatment that we provide for cold sores, you can also try some of these common home remedies:

  • Ice
  • Pain relievers
  • Over-the-counter creams
  • Aloe Vera gel
  • Avoid staying in the hot sun
  • Avoid touching the cold sore

Schedule a Dental Appointment for Your Cold Sore Treatment

Whether you have a cold sore or need to schedule a dental appointment for your teeth, Marcus Black, DDS can help you with all of your dental needs. We offer a wide range of cosmetic and general dentistry services in addition to cold sore removals in Rogers, Arkansas. We can show you how to get rid of a cold sore. Call us today at 479.464.0900 to schedule an appointment.

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