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Cold sores, also referred to as fever blisters, occur most often when immune systems’ strengths are weakened by fevers or colds. These liquid-filled blisters erupt on the face, most often near the nose, lips, and chin, and they can cause painful 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 recovery.

So what can you do if you’re hurting from a cold sore? It’s important to keep a cover on the blister because the virus is transmitted through contact with saliva, 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 of age. There are a few over-the-counter medicines that provide relief for cold sores, and Dr. David Edlund may prescribe medicine to counter the sores’ side effects.

If you have had a cold sore for more than fourteen days or have a cold sore and a weak immune system, we suggest that you call our office as soon as possible. Reach out at 303-586-4034 to explain your situation, and we will pencil in a visit for you with Dr. David Edlund and the Hampden Dental Care team in Lakewood, Colorado, as soon as possible.