Many people suffer from Herpetic Labialis, commonly known as “Cold Sores”. These sores can present on the lip or mouth region. They can be painful or unsightly. Cold sores usually start to heal on its own within a few days of it appearing and will disappear in about 2 weeks. Lasers can help reduce the discomfort associated with cold sores and also reduce the healing time. The laser light kills the virus that causes the sore. There is no need for anesthesia as the laser does not actually touch the skin. The procedure takes only a few minutes! While it is impossible to “cure” you of the virus, there is some evidence that the cold sore will not return to the spot once it is treated by the laser energy.
When should I make an appointment for laser treatment associated with my cold sore?
As soon as you feel that tingling sensation that warns you of an oncoming sore, schedule an appointment for a laser treatment. If you already have a full blown blister, the laser will help eliminate the discomfort and reduce healing time.