Fever blisters are commonly known as cold sores, and can appear on your mouth before crusting over. Of of the signs of a fever blister is a tingling or burning before it develops on the surface of your skin. Fever blisters are a result of the herpes simplex virus (HSV-1 or HSV-2), making them highly contagious. Although these oral lesions can disappear in two to four weeks without treatment, the HSV virus itself may live on in your body for years.
The majority of people who have the herpes simplex virus never experience symptoms, and fever blisters only appear when an outbreak is triggered. Our dentist and team here in Hampton, VA, and Hampton Roads, VA, can tell you what triggers fever blisters and how you can treat them.
Triggers For Fever Blisters
– Compromised immune system
– Fever or viral infection
– Changes in hormones, such as menstruation
– Sunlight or wind exposure
If you experience outbreaks of fever blisters, our team can perform services such as:
– Performing a visual exam to diagnose the presence of herpes
– Reviewing the details of your medical history
– Reducing the outbreak through prescription medication
One of the typical prescription medications for fever blisters is acyclovir (Zovirax), an antiviral drug that is available as a cream or ointment and can reduce the duration of a fever blister. If you would like to learn more about how to treat fever blisters in Hampton, VA, and Hampton Roads, VA, or need to see our dentist, please contact Morrison Dental Group at 757-850-2100 today.