General Health

Cold sores

Cold sores, also known as fever blisters, are small, fluid-filled lesions that typically appear on or around the lips.

They are caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV) and are highly contagious. Cold sores usually go through stages, starting with tingling or itching before the actual sore develops.

We can assist you with the medication you need to manage symptoms of an outbreak or prescribe you up to 3 months of preventive treatment, which can suppress the virus and reduce cold sore outbreaks.

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