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We are beginning the process of using an electronic medical record in our practice as required by federal law. As part of that process, we have established a "Patient Portal" in which patients can enter certain information that will help us, including your medical history. Prior to your next office visit, we ask that you please access our patient portal by clicking on this link to complete our office forms relating to your medical history. If we have not previously provided you with your Username and Password, please contact our office through our "Contact Us" page on this website or by calling the office at 518-690-0177.
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Eventually, we expect that you will be able to use our Patient Portal to obtain your medical records and test results. However, we are not at that point yet. We hope that our electronic medical record will allow for patients to obtain such information by sometime in 2013.
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If you have a cold sore – small blisters on the lip or around the mouth – you’re not alone. More than half of Americans ages 14 to 49 carry the virus that causes cold sores. The virus stays in the body even after the cold sores clear. If the virus reactivates, or wakes up, you could get cold sores.
Cold sores are different from canker sores, which are not caused by a virus and occur inside of your mouth. Cold sores may appear just once in a person’s lifetime or return again and again.
According to dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology (Academy), many things can trigger cold sores, including:
- Stress, fatigue or being run-down
- A cold, fever or flu
- Exposure to the sun
- Hormonal changes, such as during menstruation or pregnancy
- Trauma, such as shaving, cuts, dental work, or facial or cosmetic surgery
Although most cold sores heal on their own, there are many things you can do to help manage your symptoms. To treat cold sores at home, dermatologists recommend the following tips:
- Slow the outbreak: Burning, itching or tingling may be the first sign that a cold sore is coming. When cold sores appear, apply an over-the-counter antiviral cream or ointment. Although this isn’t always effective, doing this may help slow the reproduction of the virus and relieve symptoms.
- Reduce pain: Consider taking ibuprofen or acetaminophen to help reduce pain.
- Avoid foods that contain acid. While you have a cold sore, avoid foods that contain acid, such as tomatoes and citrus fruits. These could irritate the skin and add to any pain.
- Cool the sores: Place a cool, wet towel on the cold sores for about five to 10 minutes. Do this a few times daily to help reduce the redness and irritation.
Cold sores usually heal in a few days to a couple of weeks, however prescription oral antiviral medication may be helpful for shortening the episode if taken within the first 72 hours. If you get cold sores frequently, speak with a board-certified dermatologist, as this medication may also be used for prevention.
Unlike canker sores, cold sores are highly contagious. If you have a cold sore, dermatologists recommend avoiding intimate contact – such as kissing – and sharing cups, towels, razors, toothbrushes and any other objects that may have come in contact with your cold sores. This will help prevent the cold sores from spreading to another person.