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Most people have experienced the discomfort and annoyance of a cold sore. These blister outbreaks are a form of herpes simplex virus (HSV). Cold sores very contagious, and most people have contracted this virus at some point in their lifetime. It is estimated that over half the population has HSV by the time they are 50. If you have frequent outbreaks of HSV, LM Medical NYC offers cold sore treatment as part of our general and medical dermatology services at our clinic in Manhattan.

Cold sores are known as HSV-1. The virus is spread very easily, and the blistering sores can ooze liquid that contains the virus. The virus can also be present in the saliva when there is an active cold sore. Spreading the virus can occur from oral-to-oral contact like kissing. You can also spread the virus to other areas of the body, such as touching the cold sore and then touching areas with mucus membranes like the nose, eyes or genitals can spread the virus.

HSV-1 outbreaks usually begin with a tingling or itchy feeling on the lips or near the mouth or nose. There may not be any visible sign for a day or longer as the blisters develop. Cold sores can last 1-2 weeks and cause discomfort and a noticeable lesion.

Controlling HSV-1 Outbreaks

There is not a cure for HSV-1, but there are cold sore treatments that can reduce discomfort and shorten outbreaks. Topical medications as well as oral medications can be helpful in managing cold sores. Our dermatology team can provide a diagnosis and treatment for cold sores to help limit the length and frequency of outbreaks.

If you have cold sores and want to learn more about preventing or shortening outbreaks, contact us at LM Medical NYC. We can schedule an appointment with our board certified dermatologist at our clinic in Greenwich Village.

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