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Cold sores, also referred to as fever blisters, occur most often when immune systems’ strengths are lessened by fevers or colds. These liquid-filled blisters erupt on the face, most frequently near the nose, lips, and chin, and they can cause flu-like symptoms. Once you’ve been sick with the herpes simplex virus type 1 (which is the cause of cold sores), the virus remains in your body and may manifest again even after initial recovery.

So what can you do if you’re suffering from a cold sore? It’s imperative to maintain a cover on the blister because the virus is spread through contact with spit, whether directly or indirectly, such as through using the same drinking cup. However, most people have been infected with the virus before they are even 10 years of age. There are a few over-the-counter medications that provide relief for cold sores, and Dr. Celeste M. Eckerman may prescribe medicine to counter the sores’ effects.

If you have had a cold sore for more than ten days or have a cold sore and a weak immune system, we recommend you contact our office immediately. Call us at 775-782-2799 to explain your situation, and we will set up a checkup for you with Dr. Celeste M. Eckerman and the Celeste M. Eckerman DDS LLC team in Minden, Nevada, asap.