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Treatment For Cold Sores In Philadelphia

Cold sores are contagious fluid-filled blisters that are often red and seen around the mouth and nose. Many patients across Montgomery County and Bucks County visit Dr. Margo Weishar for treatment. She treats cold sores using laser therapy and prescription antiviral medicine.

She’s an expert in medical and cosmetic dermatology and a member of the American Academy of Dermatology. Furthermore, she is a guest blogger for the Huffington Post and has appeared on Fox News and ABC. Many have recognized her passion for skincare.

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Cold Sore Symptoms

Symptoms start with a tingling sensation days before fever sores appear. Symptoms may include fever, muscle pain, a headache, and swollen lymph nodes. A cold sore outbreak can take up to 20 days to appear after contracting the virus called herpes simplex type-1. It may last for up to 2 weeks.

What Helps Cold Sores Go Away?

If you have a cold sore, it is important to consult Dr. Weishar for treatment. This can help reduce the risk of further infection to yourself and others. You are of further risk to others if you have an autoimmune disease like HIV or cancer. Or, if you have any of the following concerns:

  • Eczema
  • Cold sores have spread to other parts of the body, for example, your hands or eyes.
  • Cold sores that last for more than two weeks

While laser therapy, OTC topical or oral medications may help, there are other treatment options. Dr. Weishar may prescribe the following antiviral medications as part of a regimen to help promote healing:

  • Options may include Docosanol Abreva or Acyclovir cream. These ointments must be applied directly to the blister, using a clean tool for each application.
  • She also prescribes drugs such as Acyclovir Zovirax, Valacyclovir Valtrex, Famciclovir or Penciclovir Denavir.

Preventative Measures

Patients throughout Philly, Bucks County, and Montgomery County commonly ask Dr. Weishar why their cold sores return after treatment. She says common triggers such as stress, allergies, colds, tiredness, and sunburn can cause fever sores to return. And since there is no cure, prevention is key.

Preventative measures may include:

  • Taking good care your immune system
  • Being sure to get enough rest
  • Using a lip balm with UV protection
  • Washing your hands

You can prevent the spread of the virus by practicing good hygiene. This includes not sharing utensils, towels, lip balm, or razors. You should also refrain from touching or kissing others if you have the infection.

Why Choose Springhouse Dermatology in Philly

Springhouse Dermatology is a highly skilled team of practitioners led by Dr. Margo Weishar, an award-winning Top Doctor. She and her team strive for excellence in skincare and the treatment of many conditions.

Book your appointment with her if you suffer from recurring cold sores.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What causes cold sores?

Cold sores are typically caused by a virus and can be treated with laser therapy or prescription drugs.

Are cold sores a threat to my general health?

No, cold sores are generally not dangerous. However, you should see a physician if they last for longer than 2 weeks.

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Dr. Margo Weishar
Board Certified Dermatologist, Montgomery County