Laser Therapy for Cold Sores!

Laser Therapy for Cold Sores!

Posted by Dr. Alicia Abeyta DDS FAGD on Dec 14 2021, 06:21 AM

Laser therapy for cold sores can stop the lesion from becoming a full-blown open sore.  Cold sores or fever blisters, are blisters that form in the mouth or around the lips. The virus typically enters the body through a break in the skin. It can spread through contact by sharing food, utensils, razors or kissing.  A parent who is infected can pass it to their children.

What are Symptoms of a Cold Sore?

A cold sore typically starts with a tingling sensation, pain, or itching around the affected area.  Once the lesion appears, it will break open, leak a semi-clear fluid and then crust over, leaving an embarrassing sore that may take a few days or two weeks to completely heal.  Unfortunately, they can be very painful.

How Do You Treat a Cold Sore?

Cold sores will heal on their own but to help with any discomfort, treatments can include awful-tasting mouthwashes, messy creams and ointments.  A more effective way is laser therapy.  According to a recent study by PMC, laser treatment reduced the length of recovery time and pain severity faster than treatment with acyclovir cream.

As soon as you feel that tingling sensation schedule a laser treatment.  If the sore has already erupted, the laser can take away the discomfort and aide in the healing process.

How Can I Prevent a Cold Sore?

There is no cure for the herpes simplex virus but by making a few healthy changes you can lessen the chance of an outbreak.

  • Both stress and lack of sleep can take a toll on the immune system and fire up the herpes virus. Strive for a good night’s sleep and exercise regularly to help relieve stress.
  • A poor diet filled with sugary snacks and drinks is an invitation for a cold sore to pop up. Eat foods that are Lysine-rich like vegetables, legumes, milk, cheese and fish.
  • Avoid excessive exposer to the sun. 
  • Adapt good hygiene habits.

If you experience cold sore outbreaks, talk to Dr. Abeyta in Albuquerque, NM about Laster Therapy Treatment at (505) 293-7611.  She is an expert in laser technology, and can help you control your breakouts for years to come.

Have a Safe and Happy Holiday!

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