Cold Sore Symptoms
by Denny Bodoh
Cold sore symptoms are different for each stage of a
cold sore. Being aware of the symptoms of each stage of a cold sore is
important to reducing or eliminating cold sores.
Cold sore symptoms do not appear until the herpes virus becomes active.
About a third of those infected with the herpes do not know it. They never
will because they will never get a cold sore. The rest of us will, on
average, get 3 or more cold sores per year.
What are your cold sore symptoms? Let us take a look.
The first symptoms of an impending cold sore are the itching and tingling
feeling you will notice at the site where the cold sore is about to occur.
You have about two hours to two days before the next symptoms appear. I
would suggest getting ice on it immediately. The cold will delay the cold
sore and could even stop the herpes virus dead in its tracks.
The rest of the cold sore symptoms are as follows.
After the tingling, itching symptom, the area will start to swell. One or more
small, hard, red pimple-like vesicles will begin to appear. These are usually painful to the touch. You will probably develop a fever and lymph
glands under the jaw will swell as your immune system goes into battle mode.
The vesicles will grow a little and finally burst open and merge into one or two
large, open ulcers. This could take from one to 6 days from the first itching
The open sore and the crust stage are the most uncomfortable. You will quite
likely have a fever and painful, swollen lymph glands. The sore, too, will be
quite painful since it is built on the end of your facial nerves.
will be a clear thick fluid during this time teaming with newly created
herpes virus. This is your most contagious time. Keep fingers off the sore.
Only use cotton or tissue to itch or treat it.
The cold sore symptoms now start to disappear as the wound heals. Fever is
gone and glands return to normal. Even when the scab falls off, the area
will still be red, itchy and dry. This is because the healing is still going
on below the skin.
Use caution. You are still contagious until all symptoms are completely gone.
This part of the healing cycle could take one to two weeks. It is the most
frustrating time because you want to go about
your normal social life.
You should not have to put up with cold sores or these symptoms.
Of course, we know there is no known way of removing the virus from your body.
But remember - a third of those infected will NEVER get a cold sore in their
lifetime. That means no symptoms.
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The scenario is all
too familiar: You feel a tingling on your lip and a small, hard spot that
you can't yet see. Sure enough, in a day or two, red blisters appear on your
lip. It's another cold sore, probably happening at a bad time, and there's
no way to hide it or make it go away quickly.
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Cold sores, sometimes
called fever blisters, are clusters of small blisters on the lip and outer
edge of the mouth. The skin around the blisters is often red and inflamed.
The blisters can break open, weep a clear fluid, and then scab over after a
few days. Complete healing may take ...
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