Symptoms of Cold Sores and Fever Blisters

Symptoms of Cold Sores and Fever BlistersCold sores, also frequently called fever blisters, are common complaints for many Americans. It is estimated that between 60 and 80 percent of us are infected by HSV-1. This is the virus responsible for the bothersome blisters that can lead to the uncomfortable burning, tingling, pain, and embarrassment of cold sores. Recognizing the symptoms of cold sores and fever blisters can help you treat them sooner, reducing the duration and intensity of the outbreak.

Cold sores often begin subtly, with a tingling, burning, or itching sensation as the earliest sign that a cold sore or fever blister is coming on. Shortly after the tingling has begun, the area will swell and may appear red or inflamed. A group of blisters will erupt within a day or two. Eventually, these sores will merge, rupture, and scab over. The scab may fall away as the sore oozes and scabs over yet again. The sore will finally heal entirely, and the scab will disappear.

The entire process from the initial tickle until the time the sore clears up can take between one and two weeks. If you suffer from cold sores, certain lifestyle factors such as stress, illness, or sun exposure can lead to an outbreak. Topical prescription medications can ease your suffering if used at the first symptom of a cold sore. If you tend to get cold sores, you should ask our Northridge cosmetic dentist about your treatment options.

Mouth sores that last beyond a week, make it difficult or impossible to eat or drink, or are accompanied by other symptoms like a fever warrant a call to our Northridge dentist for further evaluation.

Source: Dentist Northridge

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