Cold Sores Overview

Cold sores have a way of cropping up during the most inconvenient times.  If you have a history of cold sores, it’s imperative to see a board-certified dermatologist to help treat and prevent cold sore flares. Cold sores appear as fever blisters, typically on the lips or around the mouth area. The cause of cold sores is the herpes simplex virus. There are two variations of herpes simplex, HSV-1 and HSV-2, both of which can cause cold sores around the mouth or the genitals.

Prevent Your Cold Sore From Spreading

The herpes simplex virus is incredibly contagious and typically enters the system through an opening in the area in or around the mouth. If you already have a cold sore, do not touch it and continually wash your hands. When you have an active cold sore, you are in danger of spreading it to other areas on your body.

Cold Sore Treatment

If you think you have a cold sore, the best method of medical treatment is to schedule an appointment with one of our board-certified dermatologists or licensed physician assistants. At Schweiger Dermatology, we offer same day appointments. We will prescribe an ointment or an oral medication to quickly rid of your cold sore.