Herpes Virus remains inactive in the body for life

Cold sores – also known as herpes labialis, herpes blisters, or fever blisters – is a viral disease caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). Although 90 to 95 percent of adults have had contact with the herpes virus and have become carriers, the disease does not break out in everyone.

Annoying herpes blisters can re-form on the lip tissue due to the virus’s ability to hide in the body. With each new cold sore outbreak, some herpes viruses can enter the nerve ganglia. Once they get there, the immune system can no longer recognize these attackers that remain in the body. As a result, the viruses fall into a “sleep state” in the nerve ganglia. But under certain conditions, they can reactivate and trigger cold sores again.

Triggers of cold sores are, for example:

  • infectious diseases accompanied by fever
  • physical and/or emotional stress
  • hormonal changes during pregnancy or menstrual cycle phases
  • immunodeficiency due to another severe pre-existing condition
  • severe unprotected exposure of the lips skin to UV rays
  • lip tissue lesions

Get rid of cold sores with laser treatment

Protected in the herpes vesicles, the herpes virus multiplies rapidly. From the inside, your immune system tries to fight them off. From the outside, the body is supported with a gentle laser treatment to attack the viruses. The herpes viruses encapsulated in the vesicles are killed during the laser treatment, so the painful swelling and tightness can subside more quickly.

Many cold sore sufferers have had the unpleasant experience that the released viruses infecting other areas of the lips due to open and injured blisters. The laser also prevents this virus from spreading. Thus the duration of the disease can be shortened.

For most patients, this laser treatment is totally painless.


Canker sores: When the mouth burns and hurts

Canker sores, also called aphthous ulcers, are painful tissue lesions in the oral cavity. They can affect the oral mucosa, tongue, palate, and sometimes the gums or throat. A canker sore has a round to oval shape covered by a light-colored coating. A red inflammatory border surrounds it. The reason why canker sores develop has not yet been well clarified. Several causes are possible, which may be isolated or related. Among others are viruses and bacteria in the oral cavity, a weakened immune system, a genetic predisposition, or, in women, cycle-related hormonal fluctuations.

Essential for all affected:

Without treatment, canker sores should heal within 14 days. If not, please consult a doctor. Canker sores may indicate other conditions, such as chronic gastritis, inflammatory bowel disease, or celiac disease.

Effective laser therapy

We use lasers to treat canker sores. This treatment is gentle on the tissue and causes no scarring. With the laser:

  • The infection is significantly mitigated.
  • In most cases, inflammations in the oral cavity subside quickly, so the infection phase is shorter overall.
  • There are usually no unpleasant side effects.
  • For most patients, the treatment is painless.

Can canker sores be prevented?

Take care of your oral hygiene:

Brush your teeth twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. In the morning, in addition to soft brushing, clean the tongue with a tongue scraper, and at night, clean the interdental spaces with dental floss or interdental brushes.

Do not use toothpaste with the ingredient sodium lauryl sulfate:

This chemical can irritate the oral mucosa. Other names are sodium dodecyl sulfate, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS). Triclosan in toothpaste is also said to have an unfavorable effect.

Reduce stress:

Through exercise, relaxation techniques, and getting enough rest.

A balanced diet with food supplements:

Take essential trace elements, especially iron and zinc, and folic acid/vitamin B9 and vitamin B12 daily with food.

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