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Does Lasering Cold Sores Hurt?
Cold sores are definitely no cause for a picnic in the park. They occur suddenly and the pain can come on within intensity and without notice. Young and old alike get them, and there seems to be no rhyme or reason as to how the symptoms come about in the first place. If you have ever experienced the painful effects of a cold sore, you know what we are talking about here. Removing them quickly is what you want, but the processes involved to do so have largely resulted in too much pain for many to go through with. Thankfully, technology has really evolved in this area. It is now possible to laser your cold sores and get rid of them quickly, returning your face to its beautiful condition that you love so much. However, the question is ‘does lasering cold sores hurt’? Continue reading to learn the answer.
Cold Sores Explained
To understand the process involved in removing a cold sore, you must first grasp what this malady is in the first place. It is basically a fever that captures itself in the lip in the form of a blister. It is actually caused by the herpes virus, but certainly not in the way you might be thinking. It activates itself in the lip via the HSV-1 virus, resulting in a series of painfully small blisters that seem to quickly rupture and form a small ulcer on your lips. Before long, these ulcers move into the surrounding skin area of the mouth, becoming encrusted and unsightly.
For many people, cold sores will first be noticed by the itching sensation that they bring on. Some will experience a burning and tingling sensation as well. All too often, these cold sores will disappear as quickly as they arrived, only to return again on what seems to be a consistent basis. While we don’t really know what causes cold sores, they seem to come about in most people because of a prolonged period of being out in the sun, or due to some type of trauma to the mouth area. Others get cold sores because they are particularly stressed, or there immune system has been otherwise compromised. Cold sores will most often heal themselves within ten days.
The Presence of a Canker Sore
You might be wondering what the difference between a canker sore and a cold sore is. Whereas a cold sore affects the outside of the mouth area, a canker sore will impact and damage the skin that is in the mouth. This is also an ulcer that will be yellow or white, with a red tinge to its border. The canker sore is incredibly painful and will typically spread to the inside of the lips. It can also be found under the tongue, or even lodge itself in the back region of the throat.
Understanding Laser Treatment for Cold Sore and Canker Sores
In the past, patients wanting to get their sores removed had to undergo painful injections that would allow the surgeon to do his or her work. That is no longer necessary with the advent of laser technology in this area. As opposed to needing an injection, a laser is able to heat up the ulcer without ever touching the skin. The objective is to kill off the virus once and for all, while at the same time promoting the healing power of the human body.
Since the laser does not ever touch the skin, there is virtually no pain involved in the process. The heat generated by the laser is made possible because it is at a controlled distance several millimeters above the affected area of the skin. The surgeon will take great care to ensure that the cold or canker sore is not overheated during the process. With a treatment time of fewer than 15 minutes, this is viewed as the one procedure that can bring almost immediate relief to individual suffering under the pain of a cold sore or canker sore.
After the Treatment is Completed
Because most people notice immediate relief after laser treatment, follow up visits are rarely even required. While there is a short healing process, it is nothing compared to what one would endure if they opted to not get the laser treatment. Keep in mind that cold sores can make a comeback. We do not know why. It is just one of those mysteries of life. However, the time between sores developing is generally lengthened when laser treatment is added into the equation. Over time, the hope is that the frequency of cold and canker sores coming back is reduced to the point that they do not even develop anymore.
Early Treatment is Essential
If you notice a cold or canker sore developing in your mouth, it is important that you get it treated as soon as possible. The sooner you can treat the affected area with a laser, the better. If properly treated in the early stages of development, it is possible that the ulcer may not even fully develop.
Dr. Marc Lazare, DDS has years of experience using laser treatments in his practice. With many satisfied clients testifying to the difference that laser technology can make in the treatment of cold sores and canker sores, he is confident that he can treat you as well. You can learn more about Dr. Lazare by visiting his website at www.drmarclazare.com