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Cold Sore Treatment

Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV-1 and HSV-2) and currently there is no cure for them, but breakouts can be managed and even avoided. Cold sores, also known as fever blisters, occur on or around the mouth and lips and appear swollen, red, and irritate the surrounding skin near the breakout.

What Are The Symptoms of Cold Sores?

  • Sore throat and fever
  • Swollen glands in the neck
  • Pain around the lips and mouth

What Causes Cold Sores:

  • Illness and exhaustion
  • Stress
  • Extreme exposure to sunlight
  • Chapped Lips

Though not a cure, Smile On Dentistry – Centreville can prescribe an antiviral medication to help control any outbreaks and also help provide relief from irritation and pain which you may experience. To help avoid getting or spreading cold sores, avoid sharing chapstick, lipstick, straws, cups, and utensils with others.

For information, advice, and treatment of cold sores, call Smile On Dentistry – Centreville at (703) 543-8112.