Cold Sore Policy- Liverpool Road Dental Practice.

A Cold sore is a very common virus and is carried by up to 80% of the population. It is caused by a virus called Herpes Simplex (HSV). Cold sores are highly infectious and has the capability of spreading to other parts of the body.

The virus lies dormant in the nerves that supply feeling to the face and mouth.

Herpes Simplex can be reactivated at any time which leads to cold sores on the lips.

Treat the cold sore with an antiviral cream as soon as it starts developing (the tingle stage) as this can reduce the duration of the cold sore by up to 50%.

If you are a patient of Liverpool Road Dental Practice and you have a cold sore and are due for an appointment, please contact us in advance of your appointment for advice.  

Here at Liverpool Road Dental Practice -  we recommend that if possible you wait until your cold sore has gone before attending an appointment as we will not be able to treat you with a cold sore.

This is not only because there is a risk of spreading the virus but also because your lips may be sore, dry and may bleed during treatment.

If you need to cancel an appointment due to a cold sore your appointment will be rescheduled to the next convenient time and date for yourself.


Policy written – Aug 2019 – to be reviewed August 2020.

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