Generally caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 (HSV1) cold sores/fever blisters begin with a subtle itch and tingle. If not treated, the tingling sensation can become a lesion that first oozes then crusts over.
Approximately 100 million Americans are infected with HSV1. After a person is infected initially, the virus in the body and causes occasional attacks. When the body’s immune system is weakened, outbreaks can disrupt your lifestyle for up to two weeks.
Not every cold sore or fever blister is caused by the same thing, but there are a few common factors that may trigger an episode. Some alarms that can wake up a dormant virus are:
- Ultraviolet (UV) exposure
- Hormonal changes
- Mouth trauma
Thankfully, relief is just around the corner with these FDA approved treatment options. Laser wavelengths are the best option if you really want to speed up the healing process. A laser bandage is created to protect the sore and promote healing. Patients experience nothing more than a warm sensation on and around the lesion during treatment.
In summary, waves of light disinfect the sore, hasten healing time, reduce inflammation, and relieve pain. Most laser treated lesions are cured during the first 48 hours. Give us a call and give it a try!