Fever Blister and Canker Sore Prevention & Treatment-Don’t be embarrassed with these sores. Let our dental boutique and spa shorten their lifespan and their re-occurrence!
These pesky little blisters are often referred to as cold sores and are groups of small blisters on your lip and around your mouth. Fever blisters or cold sores are caused by herpes simplex virus type 1. Although this virus can be passed from person to person by kissing, it is not the same type of virus as genital herpes. The warning signs of a fever blister can include:
- Tingling and itching are usually the very first sign
- Pain around your lips or mouth
- Sore throat
- Swollen glands in your neck
After the reddish blisters appear, it will break open and leak a clear fluid. Once this happens, it will then crust over as a yellow, bumpy nightmare. It will then disappear anywhere from several days to two weeks. These cold sores can be very painful to deal with and are devastating to your confidence. Most people want to hide out under their sheets.
How to treat cold sores?
Generally, your fever blister will begin to heal on its own within a few days of breaking open and should disappear completely within a couple of weeks. If these sores make you feel self-conscious or cause extreme pain, they can be treated by your doctor or cosmetic dentist. Treatment of your fever blisters can include:
- Laser treatment
The first three options will lessen the symptoms but will only shorten the lifespan of your cold sore by one or two days. Laser therapy is a more effective treatment option.
If you catch your fever blister in the early stages, you can actually prevent it from breaking out. As soon as you feel the sensation of a cold sore occurring, you need to schedule a visit with our dental boutique and spa in Fort Lauderdale for a laser treatment. The relief that you will feel with this treatment is intense and immediate. The best part is that this procedure will be over in a matter of minutes and is done without anesthesia. If you experience these annoying sores often, laser treatments can actually reduce the number of blisters that you get and how severe they are. Generally, cold sores appear in the same area time and time again but after multiple laser treatments, you will likely not see one in the same place again! The reason that your fever blister comes in the same exact place every time is because that the virus lies latent in the nerve and when aggregated by stress, the sun or anything else, it comes back to haunt you.
At Dr. Patty’s Dental Boutique & Spa, we treat fever blisters to shorten the time you have them and eventually the regimen we prescribe will keep you from ever experiencing them.
The Difference Between a Canker Sore and Cold Sore
Many people often confuse cold sores and canker sores but in reality while both are painful, these are two completely different sores.
Normally, a canker sore will take place on the delicate tissues inside your mouth. At the base of the sore it will be light colored and the border will have a red color.
On the other hand, a fever blister (cold sore) will show up on the outside of your mouth around your lips or nose. Unlike canker sores, cold sores are contagious since they are caused by a virus. These sores are painful and will be filled with fluid. You can click here to learn more about the difference between a canker sore and cold sore.
Laser Cold Sore and Canker Sore Treatment
If you suffer from recurring cold sores, we may be able to help you. Cold sores can happen at the worst times because of-
- Environmental factors
At Dr. Patty’s Dental Boutique & Spa, we can offer a painless laser treatment that will take only between five to 10 minutes to complete. This treatment can offer instantaneous relief and will immediately begin the healing process. This means that you can begin to feel like yourself more quickly since your cold sore will disappear within days instead of weeks! Best of all, our laser treatment can also prevent fever blisters from re-occurring.
In addition, you can take advantage of our laser treatment option for the following:
- Canker sores
- Bite trauma on the cheek and tongue
- Painful burns from liquids or food
Schedule a complimentary consultation with our dental boutique and spa today to see if you are a candidate for our laser treatment.
If you have ever had a canker sore, you know that they are distracting and painful. This type of sore is known as an aphthous ulcer. These ulcers are the most frequent complaints of the mouth, can occur at any age, and are experienced by almost 30% of the population.
Causes of Canker Sores
While there are correlations with viruses, science has yet to discover a direct cause of canker sores. As mentioned above, canker sores are often confused with cold sores that do have a direct cause, the herpes simplex virus.
Canker sores are associated with other medical conditions such as:
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Compromised immunity
- Nutritional deficiency
There isn’t just one reason why these sores occur but there are a number of factors that may lead to a higher chance for you to develop one such as:
- Physical trauma
- Food allergies
- Hypersensitivity to food
- Deficiencies in folic acid, B12, or iron
- High levels of stress
Symptoms of Canker Sores
These pesky aphthous ulcers have unique features such as:
- Being well-defined, round, and smaller than a centimeter across and occur in the mouth’s lining
- Center can be white or gray-yellow with a red border
- Form in the front part of mouth (Lips, cheeks, side of tongue)
- Last about a week or two before healing completely
Canker sores tend to heal on their own and you will rarely need medical treatment. However, if your sores tend to be recurrent or severe, there are medications that can be prescribed that will not cure the sore but can help with the symptoms that you experience.
If you have a sore that has lasted for longer than two weeks and does not show improvement, gets worse over time, or happens more often than three times a year, you will need to speak with your doctor to rule out other medical conditions or health issues.
Remedies for Canker Sores
While you can’t cure your canker sore, you can utilize at-home remedies to alleviate the discomfort that you experience. These remedies include:
- Rinsing with a mild mouthwash or salt water three times a day
- Avoiding spicy foods
- Applying a mixture of water and hydrogen peroxide on a cotton ball and applying it to the ulcer
There are likely other at-home remedies that you can find while browsing the internet. At our dental boutique and spa we offer laser therapy to treat canker sores, among other conditions. If you suffer from these irritating sores and aren’t sure if you have a dental problem that is adding to your discomfort, give us a call today. We can check for abrasive teeth surfaces, irritants in your mouth, or irritation caused by appliances in your mouth.
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