Earlier this week we talked about the difference between canker and cold sores, and how to treat the canker sores that appear inside your mouth. If you’re suffering from recurring cold sores, you’ll need to follow a different course of action to prevent and treat the discomfort.
Cold Sores, on the other hand, begin as small blisters and are caused by the herpes simplex virus. For that reason, you may have episodes of cold sores when the virus is triggered by stress or an illness. Try keeping a journal to see if you can identify some of your triggers.
Prevention and Treatment
While cold sores will generally heal on their own, they are unsightly and can be painful. Ask us about ointments or other medication to help them heal quicker and keep you more comfortable. While there is no cure for the virus that causes cold sores, there are medications, including some prescription drugs, which can speed up the healing process. If we aren’t able to help you treat your cold sores here at Livonia Family Dental, we can often provide a referral for a specialist.