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.
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:
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:
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:
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.
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.
Cold sores are typically caused by a virus and can be treated with laser therapy or prescription drugs.
No, cold sores are generally not dangerous. However, you should see a physician if they last for longer than 2 weeks.