Blog: Cold Sore Laser Treatment That Works In Minutes

Cold sore laser treatment performed by highly effective diode lasers will dramatically reduce or completely remove the pain and duration of your cold sore. Cold sores are highly common, uncomfortable, and unfortunately incurable - but they can be treated and removed.

In pretty much any profession, appearance is very important. Picture this scenario. You are a young professional working downtown and you look in the mirror and you have developed an unsightly cold sore. You could have a big presentation, a client meeting, or perhaps a first date planned for that evening. Getting a cold sore can be devastating, but knowing there is fast and effective treatment options should relieve any stress in the unfortunate event of developing a cold sore.

Throughout this article we will explore the causes of cold sores, their symptoms and how diode laser treatment is the best step you can take to reducing cold sores quickly and eliminating the added stress that comes with contracting them.

What are cold sores?

Remember those good old days when perhaps your biggest nightmare was getting a big zit before the prom? Well, a cold sore is like a big zit - but much worse. While cold sores share some of the same characteristics of acne in that they are both visible and aesthetically unappealing, cold sores come with a lot of irritation and are highly contagious.

Cold sores are tiny small blisters that commonly appear around the lips and mouth area. They are caused by the herpes simplex type 1 virus (HSV-1). The type 1 herpes simplex is more of a common cause than type 2 which is usually developed after oral sex with those who have genital herpes.

Stay calm - It’s okay!

It may be unnerving to see that cold sores are caused by a herpes virus but it is actually more common than you think.

In fact, 9 out of every 10 of adults worldwide, even those who haven’t developed cold sores, have been tested positive for evidence of the virus that causes them. While they aren’t serious, if not monitored properly, they can lead to further more serious problems that will be mentioned later in this article.

Who gets cold sores?

Cold sores can happen to anyone, at any time. That’s why it’s important to know how to identify when you have one and how to quickly get it treated.

As mentioned previously, roughly 90 percent of humans have been exposed to the HSV-1 virus. If you’ve ever been kissed on the cheek by a relative at a family function, or kissed a significant other in a relationship, it is likely that you have contracted the virus. Once the virus is contracted, it can remain dormant under a person's skin forever without ever fully developing into a cold sore.

Many children are exposed to the HSV-1 virus at an early age and are just as prone to cold sores as adults who are no strangers to cold sores. According to WebMD, roughly 40 percent of the adults in the United States face the reality of getting a cold sore.

What triggers a cold sore?

As mentioned previously, the HSV-1 is contracted by any kissing or contact with HSV-1 positive saliva. This can occur years before you first develop your cold sore as the virus remains dormant underneath the skin. Certain triggers will awaken the sleeping HSV-1 virus such as emotional stress, heavy exposure to sunlight or any type of sickness. The stress that a professional goes through at work on a day to day basis make them likely more vulnerable than most. Soon after activating the HSV-1 underneath the surface area of the skin, the virus will rise to the initial area of infection and the cold sore will begin to develop.

The 8 development phases of a cold sore

The following is a set of stages a developing cold sore will go through. The biggest key to removing a cold sore is to seek medical attention in the early phases of the development. If you know you are going to be involved in some important meetings or business, you should be aware of these phases so you can treat the cold sore right away.

  1. A cold sore begins to develop when the HSV-1 virus lying dormant in the body activates.

  2. The virus then begins to travel to the original infected area.

  3. Tingling, burning and itching sensations start to occur under the affected area of the skin. (At this time, you should consider contacting a medical professional for a fast cold sore removal)

  4. Roughly 24 hours after the tingling sensation a red bump begins to form.

  5. The red bump quickly begins to develop into a blister

  6. The blister starts to dry up as yellow crust starts to take its place

  7. The yellow crust begins to flake away leaving behind a fresh pinkish area of skin where the blister once was.

  8. The HSV-1 then receded back into the nerve cells and lies dormant, where it can potentially be reignited.

How long do cold sores last?

Cold sores, if not treated by a medical professional, usually take about 7 to 10 days to completely disappear. That time frame is far too long for people like professionals working in downtown Toronto offices, or others working in the public sector. Cold sores are highly contagious and something you can not afford to have, when you are interacting with others. Getting cold sore laser treatment will ensure you are back at work in no time.

Can my cold sore resurface?

Yes. While cold sores can be treated, the HSV-1 underneath the skin will always be able to resurface. Like a hibernating bear, the HSV-1 can always come usually come back if it’s triggered by any one of the possible risk factors.

Commonly the resurfacing of cold sores are triggered by emotional stress, trauma or other infections. For women, more outbreaks tend to take place prior to a menstruation cycle.

Common misconceptions about cold sores

When you tell a close friend at work or family member that you have a cold sore they may tell you some theories to help cure your cold sore. Don’t believe everything you hear!

There are a lot of misconceptions about cold sores made from theories people have either heard from someone else or read in an online forum. Always try to keep in mind that no information from a website or heard from a friend regarding cold sores can compare to a medical professional. Here are some common misconceptions:

    They are not contagious - FALSE
    They are highly contagious are easily passed between people and especially with close direct contact.

    They are not painful - FALSE
    The early phases of developing cold sores involve symptoms such as swelling, itching, burning sensations and other uncomfortable plains around the infected area.

    Cold sores only happen once - FALSE
    While the surface blisters and other visual aspects of a cold sore may disappear after a while, the HSV-1 virus will remain dormant under the surface of the skin ready to reactivate at any time.

    Ice can speed up the healing process - FALSE
    While it may feel as though ice is helping because the pain or swelling is temporarily reduced, it will not aid in speeding up the recovery process.

    Vinegar can help prevent outbreaks - FALSE
    While vinegar can help clean things around the house and prevent things like rust, nothing can help contain the contagious nature of cold sores.

    Alcohol can kill the viruses in cold sores - FALSE
    Alcohol can dry out your cold sore, but the HSV-1 virus active underneath the affected skin is not susceptible to alcohol.

    Cold sores can be cured - FALSE
    There is no way to eradicate the virus that causes cold sores. Though there are ways cold sores can be treated, there is no cure for the herpes virus.

Complications, if not properly treated

While cold sores aren’t as serious compared to other conditions, those with weaker immune systems, have other disorders like eczema and those who have contracted AIDS are more likely to develop worse complications.

The herpes virus can potentially be spread to the fingers which makes infecting other parts of the body and others more likely. If spread to the eyes, it could lead to vision impairments and even blindness. People with weak immune systems are more prone to having the virus negatively impact vital organs such as the brain or the spinal cord.

While it may be in our human nature to obsessively touch the infected areas of our body, it is imperative that you refrain from touching your cold sore at any cost. Not doing so will go a long way in eliminating the chance for the cold sore to worsen or the viral infection to spread.

If you have any other medical conditions and believe you are developing a cold sore, you should tell your doctor immediately in order to prevent any further medical emergencies.

Our process of removing cold sores

If you’re still looking for the best method to get rid of your cold sore you can stop your search now. Our sophisticated diode laser will eliminate the process of you dealing with your cold sore from the typical timeframe of 10 to 14 days, in a matter of minutes.

The laser treatment process is very quick and doesn’t need to involve any anesthetic. Immediately after the treatment, any pain from the cold sore will be severely reduced. We make sure it’s eliminated immediately after your treatment has concluded.

If you are that stressed out business professional in downtown Toronto, our advanced cold sore laser treatment is proven to get rid of that cold sore fast and will have you leaving our yorkville dentist office worry free.

At Dr. Judy Sturm and associates, our full commitment to giving our patients a better smile doesn’t stop at simply whitening your teeth. We offer our patients a bevy of dental services they need to feel more confident about their oral hygiene. This includes our commitment to our high standards of laser dentistry that help our patients get rid of unwanted cold sores and stress.

If you are developing a cold sore now and need to get rid of it immediately, get in touch with us today. Visit us at our 77 Bloor west yorkville dental office, or call us at 416.967.4212.

It’s time to get rid of that nasty cold sore!

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