Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) is a common viral infection that causes cold sores around the lips or mouth or on the genital region. However, it can occur anywhere on the skin. HSV is contagious; prevention is important to prevent its spread.
Cold sores are a common and highly contagious skin condition featuring small blisters that usually form on the lip or around the mouth. Cold sores can lay dormant until triggered by conditions including cold, dental work, facial treatments, fatigue, fever, flu, hormonal changes, stress, or sun exposure.
A blister typically appears within 48 hours of symptoms, burst with pus and eventually form a scab. A cold sore can be painful with over-the-counter oral pain ointment often being insufficient, requiring medication from a doctor to stop inflammation and ensure proper healing. Sometimes, a cold sore can be mistaken for a canker sore. The difference is that cold sores usually form outside of the mouth, while canker sores typically can be found inside the mouth or on the tongue.
The main symptoms of a cold sore are:
Cold sores can be painful, especially when eating food. Dr. Sperling can make a proper diagnosis and potentially prevent further complications. You should consult an experienced dermatologist like Dr. Sperling if your cold sores do not heal within a couple of weeks or if they recur often.
If you are experiencing cold sores or herpes simplex virus, you should make an appointment with Dr. Sperling for a consultation. You will have a chance to discuss your current condition and how to correct it.
An experienced dermatologist like Dr. Sperling can treat your cold sores and, if necessary, prescribe an antiviral medication to take on a regular basis. When you need a cold sore treatment in New Jersey, Sperling Dermatology is your place to find the correct solution.
Here are some of the following conditions that we treat at Sperling Dermatology:
Sperling Dermatology is the top destination for cold sore treatment in New Jersey. Specializing in both medical and cosmetic dermatology, Dr. Sperling will help you achieve Spectacular Skin. At Sperling Dermatology, we care about our patients and work diligently to leave you looking and feeling spectacular.
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Up to 90 percent of people have the virus and are not aware of it. Almost nine out of ten people in the U.S. get infected with the virus.
You can use a clear cold sore bandage or a heavy makeup concealer to cover a cold sore. It can take up to two weeks for the cold sore to disappear.
Many people get infected with a cold sore after being kissed by someone even in childhood or adolescence.
Cold sores are contagious, so it is important to always wash your hands with soap and not share food, drinks, or any personal items, especially with someone who has a cold sore.
Cold sores usually form outside of the mouth, although they can appear in the mouth the first time. Canker sores appear like red-ringed white sores inside the mouth or on the tongue. Unlike cold sores, canker sores are not contagious and usually disappear within ten days.
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