The herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) is the most common cause of cold sores, but it can also be caused by HSV-2. Also called fever blisters, cold sores are a viral infection that is spread by close contact with a person with the infection, usually involving kissing, hugging or touching. Once you have the cold sore virus, there is no cure, and you may have outbreaks throughout your lifetime. While you cannot stop cold sores, outbreaks can be controlled with cold sores treatment, available at Precision Medical Specialists in Wellington, FL.
Symptoms of Fever Blisters
Cold sores are one of the most common types of viruses, and most people have contracted HSV-1 by adulthood. The most common place for cold sores is around the mouth, but they can appear on or in the nose and in the genital region. The first time you contract HSV-1, you may have symptoms like a cold or flu, including fever, sore throat, headache, muscle aches and sore gums. You will also have the tell-tale sores that start with a tingling or burning sensation in the area, then a lump and blisters that ooze fluid and eventually crust over.
Cold sores usually last for several days but can take a few weeks to completely heal. The red, crusty sores can be embarrassing if they appear on the outer mouth or nose, and painful wherever they occur.
Treatment for Cold Sores
Dr. Katherine Chiang is an experienced dermatologist that can offer relief from frequent cold sore breakouts. While cold sores do not require treatment to heal, there are medications and lifestyle changes that can control the frequency and severity of outbreaks. Dr. Chiang can discuss triggers that may cause outbreaks and recommend a personalized treatment plan for your viral infection.
Frequent or severe outbreaks of cold sores can be uncomfortable and undesirable. If you want to learn more about cold sores treatment, contact us at Precision Medical Specialists. Call our medical center near West Palm Beach to schedule a consultation with Dr. Chiang to discuss the best treatment plan to control your cold sore outbreaks.