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The 411 On Cold Sores Marietta, GA

The 411 On Cold Sores

How can something so little cause so much discomfort or embarrassment? If you have ever suffered from a cold sore on your lip or around your mouth, you are likely quite familiar with the dread and frustration that arises once you realize a cold sore is erupting. Cold sores typically go away on their own within a week, but that can seem like forever to someone who is embarrassed by the visible blister or has trouble eating or drinking due to the pain.

What Causes Cold Sores?

Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus, or HSV-1. This virus is actually contracted in early childhood for most people. You will not typically display any symptoms, however, until the virus “wakes up” in your body. This causes the virus to infect the skin and produce a cold sore, or fever blister. It is important to note that, unlike canker sores, cold sores are very contagious. There are some common triggers that seem to “wake up” the HSV-1 virus and cause cold sores. Avoiding the following triggers may prevent you from suffering your next outbreak or at least give you some time to prepare for that fact that a cold sore may emerge:

  • Fatigue
  • Stress
  • Hormones
  • Sun Exposure
  • Illness, such as cold or flu

Are There Cold Sore Remedies?

There is no way to get rid of or treat the HSV-1 virus that causes cold sores. However, there are some simple remedies that may lessen the duration of a cold sore and provide you some needed relief. You can alleviate the discomfort by avoiding spicy or acidic foods, applying ice or using over-the-counter topical remedies such as Abreva. Topical agents can provide a numbing effect, soften the scab and speed the healing.

When Should I Worry About a Cold Sore?

Cold sores follow a general pattern of stages. You may feel a simple tingle or burning sensation for the first day before you actually see a cold sore. The blister itself can last up to 3-4 days. Next, the sore turns into an ulcer or open sore for a day. Lastly, the cold sore will crust over or scab. If your cold sore seems to be worsening or you have any mouth sore that lasts longer than 2 weeks, you need to tell your dentist, as it could be a sign of oral cancer. Gilreath Family Dentistry offers thorough oral cancer screenings as part of a patient’s routine dental checkup.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

Kenneth H.

Was lucky enough to find these guys when I got insurance that my old dentist did not take. Very professional and friendly staff! Office has the latest greatest technology as well. If you're looking for a new dentist, search no further!

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Very personable and friendly, they took the time to go over my complex dental history and did not pressure me into anything. They gave their recommendations and priced out any options I had. Great group!

Camille Y.

Dr. Gilreath and his staff are top notch. I received the best cleaning I've ever had while watching my favorite show. The Doctor and his staff were all very polite, friendly, and courteous. They explained everything to me clearly and presented me with options in a gentle way that didn't make me feel pressured at all. It's obvious they really care about the wellbeing of their patients. The facility and equipment is really nice as well. I will definitely be back!

Juan R.

Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

Lucia B.

Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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