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Cold Sore

What are Cold Sores?

Cold sores are a common viral infection caused by the herpes simplex virus and appear as blisters on or around the lips.

Help for Cold Sores at Bronson

If a cold sore is causing you concern, discomfort or interrupting your daily life, you can rely upon your local care team at Bronson to provide the relief you need.

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Symptoms of Cold Sores

Common symptoms of cold sores are:

  • Fluid-filled blisters on or around the lips
  • Blisters
  • Redness
  • Tingling
  • Burning
  • Tender to touch
  • Fever
  • Painful gums
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches

Common Causes of Cold Sores

Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus. It can spread from person to person through direct person-to-person contact, sharing objects such as razors, towels or utensils.

Prevention of Cold Sores

Cold sores are contagious and can be spread from person to person. To prevent getting and passing the herpes simplex virus, consider following the tips below:

Prevent Getting the Herpes Simplex Virus

  • Avoid direct contact with people who infected and have an active outbreak
  • Avoid sharing items with people who are infected and have an active outbreak

Prevent Passing the Herpes Simplex Virus

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Avoid direct contact with people while you have an active outbreak
  • Avoid sharing items with people while you have an active outbreak
  • Wash towels and linens in hot water after each use

Cold Sore Treatment

Types of Treatment and Care

  • Your provider may prescribe antiviral oral or cream medication
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Cold compress on affected areas (reduces swelling and redness)
  • Moisturize lips to avoid cracking
  • Avoid touching, rubbing or scratching sores 

If your symptoms continue or worsen, call your doctor.

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On Demand Video Visit

See a doctor online using your smartphone, tablet or computer from the comfort of your home for minor illnesses (patients 18 months or older).

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Contact your Primary Care Provider

Current patients can schedule in-person or video visit appointments by calling the office.

Scheduled Video Visit

Find a doctor and schedule online or by calling (269) 341-7788.

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FastCare®

Walk-in care for minor illnesses for patients (18 months or older) in Kalamazoo.

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Urgent Care

Walk-in care for non-life threatening illnesses or injuries in Battle Creek.

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Emergency Care

Walk-in care for serious or life-threatening injuries or illnesses. If you are unable to walk-in, dial 911 for emergency assistance.

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Find the Right Care Based on Your Need

Still not sure which is the best care option for you? Visit our Need Care Now page to compare options.

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Know When to Dial 911

If you are have persisting or worsening symptoms, or are experiencing a life-threatening condition such as chest pain, trouble breathing or stroke symptoms, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.