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Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus, which can cause lip, mouth, nose, and genital sores. Typically, cold sores are spread by sharing utensils, food, kissing, etc. However, in many cases, cold sores can arise during intense cold or exposure to the sun.
When a cold sore forms on the mouth, a tingling sensation occurs before a blister forms. Once the blister forms, it becomes very painful and leaks fluid. Cold sores can also spread to other parts of the mouth and body. Once the sore is leaking, it can take up to two weeks to heal completely.
There are many ways to be proactive in preventing cold sores from flaring up. These ways include:
- Not sharing utensils or food
- Applying sunscreen on lips and face
- Avoiding sharing towels or toothbrushes
- Washing hands often
- Not kissing individuals with active cold sores
When it comes to treating cold sores, ointments and antiviral medications have seemed to be the golden rule.
However, here at our Riverside Cosmetic Dental Office, we recommend using oxygen-ozone therapy to treat cold sores. This treatment targets the infection areas by using oxygen gas or oxygen-infused water to disrupt the bacteria’s life cycle. The oxygen-ozone technology allows us to treat the affected area(s) so that the cold sore will not develop into a blister.
For those suffering from constant cold sores, multiple treatments may be necessary to remove the virus from the infected areas permanently.