The facts and symptoms
Cold sores are small blisters that develop either on the lips or around the mouth. They are caused by the herpes simplex virus.
A Cold sore normally starts with a tingling or itching sensation around your mouth. Small fluid-filled sores then begin to appear, most commonly on the edges of your lower lip.
People can get a cold sore when they are generally run down or ill with cold/flu. Also sunlight can often bring on an outbreak of cold sores. They are extremely contagious and can easily be passed to other people by close contact so remember to avoid KISSING!
A cold sore is most infectious when it is blistering. I know it’s easier said than done, but you must try to avoid touching cold sores, or attempting to squeeze them as you can pass the virus on. If you happen to touch the affected area you must wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. Cold sores usually clear up by themselves in about 7-14 days, fortunately there are Antiviral creams, such as aciclovir that you can get from a Pharmacist which can ease the pain and help the sores heal more quickly.
Our Advice to you
At Bedale Dental Practice we recommend that you wait until your cold sore has completely healed before attending an appointment. Not only because of the high risk of spreading the virus but also because your lips may feel sore and could crack or bleed during treatment.
So if you do get a cold sore and you have an appointment arranged, please give us a call with as much notice as possible, and we can reschedule your appointment.