Cold Sore Symptoms – Know All About Your Cold Sores

by Denny Bodoh

Cold sore symptoms? If you are curious, read this article and discover what you should know and expect from your cold sore symptoms.

It is not uncommon for folks to wonder if their cold sore symptoms are the same as other people. It is good to know.

Let me share with you now the most commonly experienced cold sore symptoms you might expect. If yours are different, you may want to see a health care professional.

When first invaded by the herpes simplex virus, you will have some mild cold sore symptoms – such as sore throat, mild fever and head and body aches. These symptoms are often mistaken for a mild flu. They will usually last two to four days.

Usually you do not get the actual cold sores, oral herpes sores or fever blisters during this initial infection period.

Cold sores will appear only when the herpes virus re-activates. The sore will develop near the location of first infection. As long as the virus remains latent, you will not experience any symptoms.

Here is a brief roundup of the main cold sore symptoms.


Your first alert that an outbreak is about to occur is very slight and often missed. The place where the sore will appear may tingle, itch or just feel uncomfortable.

Some people experience a dry feeling – like a need for lip balm.

You will sense that something is occurring under the skin. You are not wrong. The herpes simplex virus has moved to the surface to replicate. The virus is drilling into the nerve cells there.

To apply ice (or some other frozen or cold object) will provide relief from the discomfort and is a wonderful cold sore treatment. More importantly, it slows the progression of cold sores. Sometimes it stops it cold.


The target area will now swell up because the cells are filling with new virus particles. Quite likely you will notice some painful little bumps. These are similar to hard little red pimples.

Some fever and headaches are common at this point. There are lymph glands under the jaw on each side. Usually the gland nearest the sore will inflame and enlarge as it fights the virus.


Once the cells are full, they destruct, leaving a gaping wound. Now your sore will weep a clear liquid because your body tries frantically to wash the virus away.

This may prove to be your most painful stage. Cold sores, fever blisters and oral herpes form on the end of your facial nerves. The sores open up and briefly expose the nerve endings.

And this will be the most contagious period for your cold sores. The outbreak area is absolutely teaming with herpes virus looking for a new home.


Once the sore breaks open, it begins the healing period. You should notice improvement every day now.

Your body will begin to create a crust over the sore immediately, and begin replacing the destroyed cells. The crust can become dry and cracking is common. This slows healing and is painful.

Apply extra virgin olive oil to the scab to help keep it soft and prevent the cracking.


The crust will last approximately a week. When it finally disappears, there will be fresh new skin underneath.

But, it is important that you continue to use caution.

New skin now appears. Your body is still replacing and repairing the damage below the skin. You will probably notice redness to the area because of this. You are still contagious during this time, as the herpes simplex virus is still present.

Your previously swollen lymph glands should be back to normal now.

Your final healing will feel like it is dragging on forever. It is quite frustrating because you feel and look well, but are still able to infect someone else.

And, if you are not cautious, cold sores can reoccur quickly during this final healing process.

Most people have cold sore symptoms very similar to those mentioned above. If your symptoms are much different, I would suggest you consider a visit to your personal health professional.

Keep searching for answers. We are discovering new cold sore treatment options all the time. Fact is, with what we now know, you really should not need to suffer from cold sore symptoms ever again.

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