Cold sores, also known as fever blisters, are a very common problem affecting millions of people. In most cases the original exposure and infection comes in childhood, creating an issue which is lifelong.
Although this problem is persistent and ongoing, it's important to understand that the manifestations of the disease are temporary and come and go.
Common Reasons for Flare-ups
Cold sores can be activated and a breakout can occur as a result of a number of different external or internal stimuli. These causes include excessive exposure to sunlight or sunburns, surgery or some type of physical trauma, fever or sickness, stress or anxiety, skin abrasions, certain types of medications, and menstruation cycles in females. It is also very important to remember that this condition is highly contagious and the utmost precaution and care should be taken to limit exposure to and contact with others during one of these flare-ups.
Cold Sores on Gums
While cold sores usually appear on the lips and around the outer portions of the mouth, in some cases, they can also form on the gums, leading to various pain responses that can make everything from eating and drinking to brushing your teeth difficult.
There are also other health concerns to consider with types of breakouts since part of the healing process is that they ultimately rupture and release their fluid. Soft bristle brushes can help tremendously with the sensitivity and irritation that you may feel in your gums when dealing with these blisters.
For more information or to look into the various options that have when it comes to the best way to treat cold sores so they don't lead to more serious dental issues, simply call or stop by our office at your earliest convenience. We would be glad to help.