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Cold sores are the most common clinical manifestations of a herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection. This virus can cause a multitude of symptoms, but it most commonly leads to localized blistering and pain that lasts days to weeks. Cold sore refers to orolabial herpes which is caused by Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) Type 1 whereas genital herpes, a sexually transmitted disease, is caused by HSV Type 2.

Did you know…
that herpes simplex is one of the most common infections in the world? Nearly all adults have been affected on one or more occasions. Once it has infected the body, the virus remains dormant in the nerves that supply sensation to the skin. It is a life-long infection, and attacks can be triggered by stress, illness, trauma, intense sun-exposure and immunosuppression.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can cold sores be treated?

Mild cold sores that a minimally symptomatic do not require treatment. Moderate to severe eruptions can be treated with topical or systemic anti-viral therapy. These treatments can shorten the length of the attack if started early enough, but they cannot eradicate the virus.

Can cold sores be prevented?

Minimizing triggers can decrease the frequency of attacks. If indicated, antiviral medications can be taken continuously to prevent frequent attacks.

If you suspect you may be suffering from cold sores, call the Elite Dermatology and Plastic Surgery office so our skin experts can get you on the right treatment for you.

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At Elite Dermatology and Plastic Surgery, we pride ourselves on providing exceptional dermatological care to the Greater Houston community. With a team of dedicated physicians, including dermatologists, dermatopathologists, Mohs surgeons, and plastic surgeons, we offer comprehensive services to address a wide range of skin conditions and concerns.

Founded on the principles of compassion, innovation, and expertise, we are committed to delivering personalized care tailored to each patient's unique needs. Our team of board-certified physicians brings together a wealth of experience and specialization in various aspects of dermatology, ensuring that our patients receive the highest standard of care possible.