What are Cold Sores?

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Cold sores, also called fever blisters, occur most commonly when immune systems’ strengths are weakened by fevers or colds. These fluid-filled blisters erupt on the face, most often near the nose and chin, and they can cause flu-like symptoms. Once you’ve been infected with the herpes simplex virus type 1 (which causes cold sores), the virus remains in your body and might manifest again even after initial recuperation.

So what can you do if you’re hurting from a cold sore? It’s important to keep a cover on the blister since the virus is transmitted through contact with spit, whether directly or indirectly, such as through sharing a drinking cup. However, most people have been infected with the virus before they are even 10 years old. There are a few over-the-counter meds that provide relief for cold sores, and Dr. Roy A. Smith, III may prescribe medicine to counter the sores’ side effects.

If you have had a cold sore for more than ten days or have a cold sore and a weak immune system, we suggest that you contact our office immediately. Contact us at 205-979-8070 to explain your situation, and we will pencil in a visit for you with Dr. Roy A. Smith, III and the Rocky Ridge Dental Associates team in Vestavia Hills, Alabama, as soon as possible.