Cold Sores: Their Causes and Treatments

Are You A Victim of Cold Sores?

Cole sores are caused by herpes simplex virus (type I) The infection is produced by a different virus than the genital herpes infection (type II) Most people in the general population have been exposed to Type I virus. In fact, close to 70% of middle aged adults have been infected, although, most of these infections are deemed subclinical. That means that when infected there may have been no signs or symptoms of infection. The infection transmitted by contact and arises typically in children aged 6 months to 5 years. Remember how children are always putting fingers in their mouths at this stage of life?

The Virus That Can Be Reactivated

The lip infection is often re-activated by exposure to cold air or wind. Unfortunately, the oral reactivation occurs often after dental work is completed inside the mouth. Many patients mistakenly assume the dentist was somehow directly responsible for this malady. This is not the case. Some oral ulcers are a recurrence of the original herpes simplex infection.

A laser can be utilized to half the infection in its tracks. There are also many anti-viral medications that are effective as well.

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