Cold sores, also known as fever blisters or oral herpes (HSV-1), are tiny, fluid-filled blisters on and around your lips.
They might seem like a minor issue, but when a painful and unsightly cold sore outbreak develops before a major work presentation or important social event, you need relief immediately.
Though cold sores can’t be cured, you have the ability to quickly and effectively treat them with Luminance RED, a new and advanced cold sore laser treatment now available to the public.
What Triggers Cold Sores?
Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). This condition is so common that it’s estimated at least 3.7 billion people under the age of 50 have HSV-1 infection worldwide!
The herpes simplex virus is highly contagious, especially when oozing blisters are present. Once it enters your system, this virus spreads easily to trigger cold sores around the lips and mouth.
The virus remains dormant in the nerve cells in your skin after your initial outbreak. It may lie inactive for weeks, months, or even years. It’s hard to predict exactly when and how the next outbreak will be triggered in the future, but these external factors are the most common causes of cold sores:
- - Stress
- - Fatigue
- - Hormonal changes
- - Another viral infection
- - Injury to the skin
- - Unusual exposure to sunlight and wind
How Do People Get Cold Sores?
The herpes simplex virus spreads through direct contact with the skin. It’s highly contagious, partly because the infection can spread even when cold sores aren’t visible.
You may develop cold sores after coming in contact with the herpes simplex virus through kissing or sharing common objects like water bottles, silverware, and toothbrushes with a person who is already infected.
If you’re experiencing an outbreak or know somebody who is, use these tips to ensure the best hygiene habits:
- - Avoid direct physical contact
- - Don’t share items such as cups, towels, silverware, or lip balm
- - Wash hands thoroughly and frequently
- - Apply medication with cotton swabs to reduce contact with sores
- - Don’t pick at your sores or touch them with your hands
Cold Sore Treatment Options
Unfortunately, there’s no cure for cold sores, but a number of treatment options are available to speed up the healing process and reduce discomfort during outbreaks.
Orajel™ provides pain relief in and around the mouth. Its formula includes six active ingredients shown to treat the pain, itching, and dryness caused by cold sores. It can be applied up to four times a day to help you stay comfortable through an outbreak.
Orajel™ minimizes the pain and discomfort of cold sores with benzocaine, a local anesthetic that blocks nerve signals in the body. As a result, it increases comfort but doesn’t accelerate the healing process or prevent future cold sore outbreaks.
Abreva® is also an over-the-counter cream used to treat cold sores and fever blisters, but it works differently. Abreva® contains the only non-prescription ingredient approved by the FDA to accelerate the cold sore healing process. This OTC treatment can be used up to five times a day, or as directed by your doctor.
Abreva® is easy to find and use, and it’s unique for containing the only non-prescription ingredient approved by the FDA to limit cold sore outbreaks. However, Abreva® cannot prevent the spread of herpes or stop future outbreaks from occurring.
Acyclovir is an antiviral prescription medication available in tablet, capsule, or liquid form. It’s used to decrease the pain and increase the healing time of sores and blisters caused by chickenpox, shingles, genital herpes, and cold sores. This antiviral medication stops the spread of the herpes virus in the body, which in turn helps outbreaks heal.
Acyclovir has the ability to reduce the effects of herpes outbreaks and suppress future outbreaks from occurring, but it also poses a long list of potential side effects. These include upset stomach, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, joint pain, and hair loss. If you experience any symptoms after taking acyclovir, be sure to call your doctor.
Lysine is an essential amino acid in the body. It helps the body produce antibodies that fight infections, including the herpes virus. Lysine supplements, also known as L-lysine, are popular natural treatments for cold sores.
Lysine is a natural treatment with a limited amount of clinical research to prove its efficacy. Many people prefer lysine as an alternative to pharmaceutical drugs and ingredients, but more research is needed to officially confirm its benefits.
Traditional over-the-counter cold sore treatments are helpful but deliver limited results. Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) offers an innovative and clinically proven treatment method to both shorten healing time and lower the likelihood of future outbreaks.
Cold sore laser therapy with LLLT is conducted by applying specific wavelengths of light to cold sores with specific energy output. Though it’s effective, it’s also cost and time prohibitive, which is why Luminance RED uses LED technology to produce the same wavelengths and energy output.
Luminance RED is a breakthrough cold sore treatment cleared by the FDA to shorten the healing time of active outbreaks and prevent future outbreaks altogether. The Luminance RED device nourishes the skin with light, which is metabolized to accelerate the body’s healing process and strengthen its defenses against future attacks.
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