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Herpes Laser Hair Removal

Recurrent herpes labialis (RHL) occurs in 20% to 40% of young adult population. The lesions have prodromal symptoms, including itching, tingling or burning in 50% of cases and eventually develop papules, vesicles, ulcers, and crust. The pain often exists during the first two days (1). Internal or external stimuli such as stress, immunosuppression, high fever, trauma, and ultraviolet light can trigger recurrences (2). The lesions usually resolve within 7 to 10 days (3).

Although RHL is a self-limiting condition, the use of topical antiviral medications reduces viral shedding and infectivity. These agents also decrease pain level, lesion size and duration of symptoms (1). Antiviral medications such as acyclovir cream 5% and docosanol cream 10% can be beneficial if initiated during the onset of lesions. Since these agents have relatively a short half-life, they should be used several times throughout the day (1). Risk of drug nephrotoxicity should be considered for systemic administration (4,5).

Low level laser therapy (LLLT) has been considered as a possible treatment for herpes labialis in recent years. The laser phototherapy has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties and stimulates tissue regeneration, fibroblast proliferation and neo-vascularization potential (6).

Many studies have examined the influence of LLLT wavelengths on herpes labialis.

Dougal and Lee (2) assigned 87 patients with herpes labialis randomly in two groups. They used low level laser, 1072 nm, for the experimental group. The control group was treated with the laser turned off. The experimental group showed a significant reduction in healing time.

Muñoz Sanchez et al. (7) conducted a study in 2012 in which they compared the effect of LLLT, 670 nm, on herpes labialis with acyclovir. They reported that LLLT was an effective therapy with no side effects.

This study aimed to evaluate the effect of Low level laser therapy on the treatment of patients with herpes labialis compared to acyclovir cream.

Material and Methods

This single-blind randomized clinical trial was carried out on 60 patients with herpes labialis referring to the oral medicine department of Zahedan university of medical science, Before entering the study, patients were informed regarding the purpose of this study and provided a signed consent to participate in this study. The protocol was approved by Ethical Committee of Zahedan University of medical science (code 7030). The participants had no systemic diseases or oral lesions and did not take other medications during the study. All patients had herpes labialis lesions developed 0-36 hours before the study.

The patients were randomly divided into three 20-member groups. The three groups were matched for age and sex. The first group was treated using acyclovir cream (5%) 5 times per day.

The second group was treated with diode laser [(LO7 probe, Mustang 2000, Russia), wavelength 870nm, energy density 4.5j/cm2, frequency 600Hz and maximum pulse radiation power 80W for a minute/ day]. The tip of the probe was held 6-8mm from the lesion.

In the third group, laser therapy was performed using a turned-off device. It should be noted that we used the protective eyewear for the safety of patients. Patients were not informed about the possible benefits of laser treatment.

The treatment was performed by an oral medicine specialist, and the patients were examined on daily basis using a dental chair light source. Intended parameters included lesion size, pain level and length of time for crust development. The examination was done by an oral medicine assistant who was blinded to treatment.

The lesion size was determined by measuring the two main diameters of the lesion in square millimeters using a transparent graph paper.

The pain intensity was evaluated based on the visual analogue scale (VAS) before treatment and at each follow-up session. According to this scale, 0 represented no pain and 10 represented the most severe pain ever experienced. Crust formation and erythema resolution were healing signs. The aforementioned information was recorded in relevant data sheets.

Data analyzed by Tukey HSD Test and One-way ANOVA (at a significance level of 0.05) in SPSS-20 software.


This study aimed to compare the effect of diode laser on herpes labialis with acyclovir. Sixty participants were divided into three groups. The laser group consisted of 15 males (75%) and 5 females (25%) with the mean age of 31.30±10.032. The turned-off laser group consisted of 15 males (75%) and 5 females (25%) with the mean age of 32.85±6.808. The acyclovir-treated group consisted of 14 males (70%) and 6 females (30%) with the mean age of 31.35±6.862. The mean age and the sex distribution were similar in all three groups.

The average area of the lesion in laser, turned-off laser and acyclovir-treated groups was 25.55±15.99mm2, 25.75±12.74mm2, and 25.90±15.05mm2, respectively. There was no statistically significant difference between these groups (p=0.997). In addition, the pain level based on VAS was 3.65±2.581 in laser group, 3.50±2.705 in turned-off laser group, and 3.50±2.065 in acyclovir-treated group before the treatment, and no statistically significant difference was observed among the three groups (p=0.976).

One-way ANOVA test demonstrated that there was a statistically significant difference among the three groups during the treat-ment process in terms of pain intensity ( Table 1). Two-group assessment using Tukey HSD showed a significant difference among the groups in terms of pain intensity.

Laser Treatment for Cold Sores Reviews

Is there any skin concern a laser resurfacing treatment can’t fix? Often, it seems like the answer is no. Lasers such as Fraxel can help smooth skin, reduce wrinkles, and fade dark spots. Some types of laser treatments are designed to remove unwanted hair and others will get rid of unwanted, visible spider veins.

While lasers are great for improving your skin, they aren’t the right choice for every patient. In some cases, you’re better off skipping laser treatments all together. In other cases, you might want to postpone the treatment for a bit. Here are four instances when you’ll want to avoid a laser treatment.

You Have a Cold Sore

If you have the herpes virus, getting a laser treatment is likely to cause a flare up afterwards. Your surgeon will most likely give you an anti-viral medicine to help reduce the risk of developing a cold sore after treatment.

But if you have a cold sore that pops up a day or so before your scheduled treatment, it’s a good idea to reschedule. To avoid potential discomfort and minimize the risk for additional flare-ups, it’s best to wait until the cold sore is gone before your treatment.

You Have a Dark Complexion

Although lasers aren’t off-limits to people with darker skin like they were in past, there are some risks and considerations it’s worth thinking about if you do have a darker complexion. Lasers work by having the skin cells absorb energy from the light beam. That can destroy the cell, which is often the point.

People with more pigment in their skin are more likely to absorb more energy from the lasers, which can complicate matters. Instead of that excess energy simply being absorbed by the other skin cells, it can cause side effects such as skin darkening  and blisters.

In the case of laser hair removal, some types of lasers are often better suited for people with dark skin than others. For example, longer pulsed light treatments often provide better results while intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments can occasionally lead to burns and scarring in people with darker complexions.

You’re In the Middle of a Breakout

Although some lasers are designed to treat acne, if you’re in the midst of an intense breakout and have more than a pimple or two on your face, you  might want to postpone or rethink treatment. The intensity of some laser treatments can put you at an increased risk for infection if performed when you have active acne.

Along with putting you at a higher risk for infection, acne can interfere with lasers in other ways. Depending on what you are using to treat the acne, your skin might have trouble coping after the treatment. For example, the medicine Accutane, which is used for acne, can increase your risk for side effects after lasers and can slow down your skin’s ability to heal. If you’ve been using Accutane, your surgeon will most likely ask you to wait at least 18 months before you schedule any type of laser treatment.

You’ve Just Had Another Treatment

People often talk about combining skin treatments to get the best results. But if you’ve just had a chemical peel or microdermabrasion, it’s best to hold off on considering treatment with lasers. The reason is pretty simple: you don’t want to over-exfoliate your skin. After a peel or microdermabrasion, your skin will be fairly delicate for a few days.

Generally speaking, it’s a good idea to wait at least three months before getting a laser treatment after you’ve had another type of skin resurfacing treatment. The exact length of time you should wait depends on the depth of the first treatment. In the case of a very superficial peel, you might be ready for another treatment after just a month. But deeper peels usually require at least three months.

acyclovir and laser hair removal

Acyclovir is an antiviral medication used to treat herpes infections. There is no known interaction between acyclovir and laser hair removal. Therefore, it is generally safe to undergo laser hair removal while taking acyclovir.

However, it’s important to inform the laser hair removal technician or dermatologist about any medications you are currently taking, including acyclovir, before the treatment. They may ask you questions about your medical history to ensure that there are no contraindications that could affect the safety or efficacy of the treatment.

It’s also important to note that laser hair removal can cause some skin irritation and redness, which can be more pronounced in people with sensitive skin or those taking certain medications. If you experience any discomfort or side effects after the treatment, it’s important to inform your healthcare provider.

Overall, acyclovir should not interfere with laser hair removal, but it’s always best to consult with a licensed and experienced professional who can evaluate your individual case and recommend the most appropriate treatment plan for your needs.

can you get an std from laser hair removal

No, you cannot get an STD (sexually transmitted disease) from laser hair removal. Laser hair removal is a cosmetic procedure that uses a laser beam to destroy hair follicles, and it does not involve any exchange of bodily fluids, which is the primary mode of transmission for STDs.

However, it’s essential to ensure that the laser hair removal equipment and instruments used in the procedure are properly sterilized and cleaned to prevent the transmission of any bacterial or viral infections. Reputable clinics and providers follow strict sterilization and infection control protocols to ensure the safety and well-being of their patients.

Additionally, if you have an active STD, it’s important to inform the laser hair removal technician or dermatologist about your condition before the treatment. They may need to take additional precautions or reschedule the treatment until the STD has been treated to avoid any risk of transmission or complications.

Overall, laser hair removal is a safe and effective procedure when performed by a licensed and experienced professional in a sterile and controlled environment.

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