Cold sores, or fever blisters as they are sometimes called, are caused by the herpes simplex virus and typically appear on the mouth. Herpes virus is contagious, and the number of people worldwide who have the virus is staggering; the World Health Organization estimates that nearly four billion people under age 50 are infected.
Because of the direct contact children have with others – sharing, drinking from the same cup, kisses for everyone – many people contract the virus in childhood. However, not everyone who has the virus develops cold sores or may develop them infrequently.
The herpes virus can also cause similar outbreaks in other areas like your nose, fingers, and eyes. It’s important not to touch the cold sore as you can transmit it to other parts of your body.
If you develop a cold sore and have an appointment scheduled, please call us first. Treating you when you have an active cold sore (especially in the blistering stage) may be painful for you because it can crack and bleed during treatment.
At the office of Andrew Cole DDS, we care about your oral health and your overall well-being. Please call us if you have questions or need to reschedule your appointment.