Cold sores, also known as fever blisters, are small fluid-filled blisters that develop on or around the lips, nose, or chin. They are caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV) and can be painful and unsightly. If you are suffering from cold sores, NovaMed Urgent Care is here to help. We provide fast and effective treatment options to help you feel better quickly. For Cold Sores treatment, you can visit and make an appointment at NovaMed Urgent Care.
Causes of Cold Sores
Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). There are two types of herpes simplex virus, HSV-1 and HSV-2. HSV-1 is the most common cause of cold sores, while HSV-2 is the most common cause of genital herpes. Cold sores are highly contagious and can be spread through direct contact with an infected person or through contact with their saliva, such as sharing utensils or kissing.
Symptoms of Cold Sores
The first symptoms of a cold sore can include a tingling or burning sensation on or around the lips, nose, or chin. Within a day or two, small, fluid-filled blisters will appear in the same area. These blisters can be painful and may burst, leaving a scab. Cold sores usually last for around 7 to 10 days, and they can be accompanied by other symptoms such as fever, headache, and swollen lymph nodes.
Treatment for Cold Sores at NovaMed Urgent Care
At NovaMed Urgent Care, we offer a range of treatment options for cold sores. The most common treatment is antiviral medication, which can help to speed up the healing process and reduce the severity of symptoms. We may also recommend over-the-counter pain relief medication or topical creams to help ease discomfort and reduce inflammation. If you are experiencing frequent cold sores, we may recommend ongoing antiviral medication to help prevent outbreaks. This can be especially helpful for people with weakened immune systems or those who experience severe symptoms. In order to avoid this weakened immune system, you can get examined by our doctors at NovaMed Urgent Care Center.
Preventing Cold Sores
While there is no cure for cold sores, there are steps you can take to prevent outbreaks. Avoiding close contact with someone who has an active cold sore is important, as is avoiding sharing utensils or other items that may have come into contact with an infected person’s saliva. Other preventive measures include:
- Avoiding prolonged exposure to sunlight or wind, as these can trigger outbreaks
- Using lip balm with sunscreen to protect your lips from sun damage
- Managing stress levels, as stress can weaken the immune system and trigger outbreaks
- Getting enough sleep and eating a healthy, balanced diet to support overall health and immunity
If you are experiencing symptoms of a cold sore, it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible.
At NovaMed Urgent Care, our experienced healthcare providers can help you get the care you need to feel better quickly. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.