Cold Sores

Cold sores, caused by the herpes simplex virus, are small, painful blisters that typically appear on or around the lips, often triggered by stress, illness, or sun exposure. At Ava MD, our team of experienced dermatologists offers expert diagnosis and effective treatment plans to manage and alleviate the discomfort associated with cold sores. Utilizing the latest antiviral medications and advanced treatment techniques, we aim to reduce the frequency and severity of outbreaks while promoting faster healing. Learn more about how Ava MD can help you manage and treat cold sores, ensuring your skin stays healthy and your confidence remains intact with our comprehensive dermatological care.

What are Cold Sores?

Cold sores, also known as fever blisters, are small, painful blisters that typically appear on or around the lips. They are caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV) and are highly contagious.

Symptoms include:

  • Tingling or burning sensation around the lips
  • Small, fluid filled blisters that crust over and form scabs
  • Pain or discomfort
  • Itching or irritation

Being highly contagious, cold sores can transmit the virus through direct contact with an infected person or by sharing personal items such as food utensils or lip balms. In some people, the HSV infection causes cold sores, which erupt following a trigger such as a cold. This explains the term “cold sore.” Some risk factors include:

  • Weakened immune system
  • Stress or fatigue
  • Hormonal changes
  • Sun exposure
  • Cold weather

Schedule a consultation with Ava MD today to discuss your concerns and discover how we can help you treat and manage your cold sores.

Treatment Options for Cold Sores

Treatment options for cold sores typically involve antiviral medications to reduce the severity and duration of outbreaks. Consulting with a dermatologist is essential to determine the best treatment plan based on your medical history and individual needs.

  • Antiviral Medications
    • Topical Antiviral Creams: Over-the-counter or prescription antiviral creams can reduce the severity and duration of cold sores when applied at the first sign of symptoms.
    • Oral Antiviral Medications: Oral antiviral medications such as acyclovir, valacyclovir, or famciclovir may be prescribed for severe or recurrent cold sores to suppress the virus and prevent future outbreaks.
  • Pain Management
    • Over the counter pain relievers: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NAIDs) such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen can relieve pain and discomfort associated with cold sores.
      Preventative Measures
  • Avoid Triggers: Identify and avoid triggers that may exacerbate cold sore outbreaks, such as stress, fatigue, sun exposure, or hormonal changes.
  • Good Hygiene: Wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your face or lips, and refrain from sharing personal items with others to prevent the spread of the virus.

At Ava MD, we pride ourselves on kind, compassionate care. We specialize in treating conditions like cold sores with personalized treatment plans made specifically for you and your needs. Schedule a consultation today.

Contact Us

For more information on how we can help you, call us at 310-843-9915 (Beverly Hills) or 310-828-2282 (Santa Monica) and schedule a consultation with us today.