Cold sores, also known as fever blisters, are a common viral infection caused by the herpes simplex virus. They are characterized by small, fluid-filled blisters that usually appear on or around the lips but can also appear on the nose or cheeks. While there is no cure for cold sores, there are several treatments available to help manage the symptoms and speed up the healing process.
One such treatment we offer here at Reston Dental Care is the use of a diode laser. A diode laser is a medical device that emits a concentrated beam of light at a specific wavelength. When used to treat cold sores, the laser targets the virus and heats up the tissue around the blister, which can help to reduce pain, inflammation and promote faster healing.
What To Expect
The treatment process typically involves a single session lasting only a few minutes. You may experience a mild burning or stinging sensation during the procedure, but this should subside shortly after the treatment is completed. There is usually no downtime or recovery period required, this allows you to resume normal activities immediately after the procedure.
Diode laser treatment for cold sores is generally considered safe and effective, but it may not be suitable for everyone. Patients with certain medical conditions, such as diabetes or compromised immune systems, may be at a higher risk of complications and should consult with our dentists and team to see if this treatment is right for you.
Benefits of Laser Cold Sore Treatment
There are many benefits to choosing laser cold sore treatment, such as:
- Faster healing: Laser treatment can promote faster healing of cold sores by reducing inflammation and promoting tissue repair.
- Reduced pain and discomfort: This can help to reduce pain and discomfort associated with cold sores, allowing you to feel more comfortable during the healing process.
- Noninvasive: Laser treatment for cold sores is a noninvasive procedure that does not require incisions or anesthesia, which can reduce the risk of complications and promote a faster recovery.
- Convenient: The treatment is quick, typically only lasting a few minutes.
Find Relief Today!
Laser cold sore treatment in Reston, Virginia, can be an effective way to manage the symptoms of cold sores and promote faster healing. If you are considering this treatment option, please contact us at 703-689-0110 to schedule a visit with Dr. Jenny Cheung and associates.