about Cold Sores
A cold sore is a blister or group of blisters that appears most commonly on the lips or near the mouth, but can occur on other sites of the face and body as well. Cold sores can be incredibly painful and may be swollen, red, and inflamed. Cold sores can go by several other names, such as oral herpes, mouth herpes, herpes simplex labialis, or a fever blister. When cold sores break (or burst), a clear fluid leaks out, and the blister will scab over. Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus, also known as HSV. In the United States, more than 50% of women and men have oral herpes, which is typically due to herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1). A closely related herpes simplex virus, HSV-2, is the cause for most cases of genital herpes. However, both HSV-1 and HSV-2 can cause a cold sore on the face or genital region. Unfortunately, this condition is highly contagious and can be transmitted very easily if someone else comes in contact with the infected area. Cold sores can be easily diagnosed and treated by board-certified dermatologist Dr. Adean Kingston at her practice in Dallas, Texas. Contact our office, Adean Kingston, M.D., PLLC where we will make sure that your cold sores are cleared up quickly and effectively and make recommendations to reduce future outbreaks.
Cold Sores Reviews
"Best dermatologist yet! I've been to a few dermatologists in Dallas, and Dr. Kingston is way more thorough with her exams and treatments. She does a full body exam with a handheld, high intensity eye microscope, takes detailed notes, and has a tech take photos of all areas of the body that contain moles and spots so that when you re-visit again the future, she can read her notes and review photos for any changes. All other dermatologists I've been to the past ten years only take notes, no photos, and had me stay more fully clothed, which presents a higher risk of missing areas that should be checked. I'm used to getting spots taken off yearly and skin cancer runs in my family, so it's very important to have a thorough dermatologist! In addition to her thorough exams, her treatments are high-quality as well. She knows how to remove spots without extra skin for minimal scarring. I've had dermatologists take off spots that looked like I had chunks taken out with scars that turned dark, but not with Dr. Kingston. Even though I moved to Philly, I visit Dallas 2-3 times a year to see friends, and I continue to make my appointments with her as needed! I also appreciate that while she does a lot of cosmetic skin treatments, she has never tried to sell me on any other service and actually complimented my skin once (yes, I still have some wrinkles on my face). Her office is also the cutest office I've ever seen with modern, classy, comfortable furniture and decor with the latest hits music playing in the background. Highly recommend!!"- J.H. / Yelp / Sep 01, 2015
"Dr. Kingston is awesome - I had a mole removed off the bridge of my nose that had a appeared several years ago and was bothering me, there was minimal scaring and appears only as a freckle now, which will lighten with bleaching creams - also had a full body mole check and she removed 3 small suspicious moles (probably due to tanning beds in the late 90's : ( - I highly recommend Dr. Kingston and her staff, they're great."- A.R. / Yelp / Jan 31, 2014
"I was able to get into see Dr. Kingston on very short notice. The complex was beautiful and her office was elegant yet comfortable. Both her and her nurse were friendly and caring. I went in for my acne and therash on my arms, but she noticed my moles and recommended doing a body check (something I needed to do soon anyway based on my family history). They didn't try to push any cosmetic procedures or beauty treatments on me, and seemed genuinely interested in taking care of me. I would highly recommend!"- H.F. / ZocDoc / Jul 20, 2015
"Dr. Kingston and staff are always so friendly and knowledgeable. I went in for a couple of skin tags that were bothering me and Mia took them off quickly and painlessly while talking with me casually. Dr. Kingston injected a scaron my face with a steroid to reduce the visibility and raised skin. I’m always so nervous about needles and procedures but I left within 30 minutes of arriving! It was a pleasant experience!"- Anonymous / ZocDoc / Mar 06, 2019
"Dr. Kingston was friendly, knowledgeable and patient and thorough answering my questions. She immediately recognized lumps and bumps and moles as clearly explained everything she found - and even had her tech write down derma words for me so I could leave with information about my skin. I was definitely impressed by my first visit and will be back!"- Anonymous / ZocDoc / Sep 18, 2019
Some individuals who have the herpes simplex virus may never get a cold sore. However, the virus that causes cold sores cannot be cured. This means that once you are infected with the virus, it stays in your body for the rest of your life. Some causes of cold sore outbreaks are:
- Sunlight and heat
- Fatigue and stress
- Sharing lipsticks, straws, toothbrushes, razors, etc.
- Undergoing a laser, chemical peel or dermal filler procedure
Patients who are diagnosed with HSV-1 or HSV-2 should communicate to their partners that they carry this virus. This way, those close to them can be aware of the potential for herpes transmission. Kissing and saliva exchange are some of the most common ways to pass on the condition, as is intercourse or skin to skin contact is for genital herpes.
The hallmark symptom of herpes is a tingling or burning sensation before the outbreak occurs. Herpes often appears as a cluster of blisters on a base of red skin. The blisters can be characterized by their appearance and typically look like a drop of water filled with clear liquid. Once the blisters burst, the area appears as a superficial erosion with a scalloped border. The affected area dries up rapidly and leaves a scab that lasts anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, depending on the severity of the outbreak, and may cause scarring.
Cold sores usually go away on their own within a few days. However, if the lesions are visible on the lip or near the mouth, they can be painful and cause those afflicted to feel embarrassed or insecure with their appearance. Likewise, if lesions are present in the genital area, one may wish to initiate treatment sooner than later to avoid transmitting the virus to another. Adean Kingston, M.D., PLLC can assist you in speeding up the healing process by prescribing oral and topical antivirals, as well as recommending oral L-Lysine supplement. Treatment provided by a professional can help your healing period move along easier, but full recovery still will take some time. There are numerous over-the-counter topicals which have been proven effective for cold sore healing as well. If you frequently get cold sores or genital herpes, we can discuss treatment options based on outbreak frequency and severity.
Treat Cold Sores
Getting a cold sore or having genital herpes can be stressful for individuals afflicted. At Adean Kingston, M.D., PLLC in Dallas, Texas, we understand that you want your blisters treated quickly and effectively. We will work with you to diagnose your condition and formulate an individualized treatment plan so future outbreaks can be kept to a minimum. Call our office in Dallas, Texas to learn more and schedule your appointment with board-certified dermatologist Dr. Kingston.