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Cold sores, also referred to as fever blisters, occur most often when immune systems’ strengths are weakened by fevers or colds. These liquid-filled blisters erupt on the face, most often near the nose, lips, and chin, and they can cause flu-like symptoms. Once you’ve been sick with the herpes simplex virus type 1 (which is the cause cold sores), the virus remains in your body and might manifest again even after initial healing.

So what can you do if you’re suffering from a cold sore? It’s important to maintain a cover on the blister since the virus is transmitted through contact with saliva, whether directly or indirectly, such as through using the same drinking cup. However, most people have been infected with the virus before they are even 10 years old. There are some over-the-counter medications that provide relief for cold sores, and Dr. James Voorhees may prescribe medicine to counter the sores’ side effects.

If you have had a cold sore for more than ten days or have a cold sore and a weak immune system, we suggest that you call our office asap. Reach out at 913-888-2474 to explain your situation, and we will pencil in an appointment for you with Dr. James Voorhees and the James T. Voorhees, DDS staff in Lenexa, Kansas, as soon as possible.