Laser Cold Sore Treatment in Arlington
What are Cold Sores (Herpetic Lesions)?
Cold sores, sometimes called fever blisters, are groups of small blisters on the lip and around the mouth that are caused by the herpes simplex virus. This virus usually enters the body through a break in the skin around or inside the mouth. They can be spread when a person touches a cold sore or contacts the infected fluid from sharing eating utensils or razors, or through kissing or touching that person’s saliva. A parent who has a cold sore often spreads the infection to his or her child in this way.
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What are the symptoms of a Cold Sore?
The symptoms (warning signs) of cold sores may include a tingling, itching or pain around your mouth and on your lips, a fever, a sore throat, or swollen glands in your neck or other parts of the body. After the blisters appear, the cold sores usually break open, leak a clear fluid, and then crust over and disappear after several days to 2 weeks. For some people, cold sores can be very painful.
How are Cold Sores treated?
Cold sores will usually start to heal on their own within a few days and then disappear within a couple of weeks. However, if they cause pain or make you feel self-conscious, they can be treated.
Treatment may include skin creams, ointments, or sometimes pills. This type of treatment may only get rid of the cold sores only 1 to 2 days faster, but it can lessen the uncomfortable symptoms. A more effective way to treat cold sores is through laser therapy.
If you catch the lesion in time with laser treatment, you can prevent the cold sore from breaking out. As soon as you feel that tingling sensation that warns you of an on-coming sore, schedule an appointment for a laser treatment. If you already have a full blown sore, the laser will take away the discomfort and help it to dry up and heal much faster.
The herpes simplex virus that causes cold sores cannot be cured. After you get infected, the virus stays in your body for the rest of your life. If you get cold sores often, treatment can reduce the number of cold sores you get and how severe they are. It often happens that people will get cold sores that reoccur in the same spot every time. After being treated with a laser multiple times, there is a good chance that sore won’t appear again in that spot.
What are the benefits of using a laser in treating cold sores?
It is high tech, yet affordable
Laser energy destroys the virus that causes the sore
Relief is immediate and profound
Help prevent sores if treated once the lip starts tingling
Arrests the progression of the lesion after treatment
Treatment takes just a few minutes and without anesthesia
After treatment, sores reoccur with less intensity and frequency at the same location
Patient Reviews: Laser Dentistry for Cold Sores
Read reviews from our patients about their laser dental treatments for cold sores. To leave your feedback, please complete a brief, online patient survey. For more information or appointments, please call us at Day Dental Care Phone Number 817-472-0888.
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Very encouraged by the results of the laser treatment on my cold sore outbreak. After one day, the swelling and redness is very much reduced and it appears to be healing.
- Laura H
I love how personable the dentist Was. And I love how he tries to educate you aswell
- JeVaildria S
There is a stigma that comes with having a Cold Sore. Most people automatically assume the worst and want to hide from the world until it disappears. Dr. Day and his amazing staff not only made me feel super comfortable about the procedure but explained everything thoroughly. (Especially since it was my first cold sore.) Also not to mention, the procedure was done in a few minutes with no pain whatsoever. The healing process only took a weekend!! Do yourself a favor next time you feel the first tingle!
- Steven W
Got in Thursday at noon, literally that evening the swelling went. Friday it was dried out. Saturday was scabbing over! If you get cold sores you know how painful they’re and know the healing process takes what seems like FOREVER, but with this process I truly recommend! Quick, and fast healing!! Thank y’all!
- Cortney S
First time using Laser Cold Sore treatment, walked out of the office with no pain; healing process way faster than normal. I recommend this office and treatment. Very friendly staff and Doctor.
- Dilia R