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What To Do About Cold Sores?

Woman with Cold Sore

Shrug Them Off, or Seek Help?

Cold sores, aka fever blisters, are known to medical professionals as outbreaks of the herpes simplex virus. Most of us have experienced them at one time or another, on the lips or inside the mouth. They can be spread by kissing or by sharing spoons, cups, or razors with an infected person. Once you get it, the virus remains for the rest of your life. So if you have it, be careful not to spread it.

Cold sores usually start to heal on their own within a few days, but they can be treated with skin creams or sometimes pills.

Cold sores are unsightly but only a slight risk to your health. See your doctor if:

  • Your immune system is compromised.
  • Your cold sores don’t heal within two weeks.
  • Your symptoms are severe or you get cold sores often.
  • You experience irritation in your eyes or nose.

About Dr. Chase & Dr. Kotula

Dr. Steven Chase, DDS & Jacqueline Kotula, DDS pride themselves on offering their patients the most comprehensive and sophisticated options for dental care in a comfortable and friendly environment. Their caring and talented dental family’s first priority is the well being of their patients. They strive to help their patients achieve optimum dental health by providing personalized and compassionate dental care. Their team is comprised of highly skilled professionals dedicated to excellence in every phase of dental treatment. They are committed to continued education, which enables delivery of the very finest, state-of-the-art cosmetic, restorative, and CEREC® same-day dentistry, along with Invisalign® clear aligners.

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