It is critical for you to know these cold sore symptoms in order to cope with them – and is the first step in reducing or eliminating these outbreaks. As you will see, each stage of a cold sore has its identifying cold sore symptoms.
When you are first infected with the cold sore virus, you will get a specific set of cold sore symptoms that generally only occur this one time. You will experience any combination of fever, headache, swollen glands under the jaw, and sore throat.
Your initial symptoms will occur about 13 to 16 days after exposure and can last about three to four days. They may be so mild that you will not know it is anything important. They also could be severe enough that you may think you have the flu or bad cold. You may or may not get a cold sore this time, but most people do not.
NOTE: All cold sore symptoms are caused by active herpes simplex virus. This virus only becomes active to create new virus on the surface of your face. About 90% of the planet population carry the virus by the time they are 10 years old. Most of the time it is latent and hiding in the nerve cells deep within the nerve fibers.
You will never be bothered with cold sore symptoms when the herpes virus is latent. About a third of those infected will never experience an active cold sore. For the rest of us, we can expect a cold sore once every 8 months. Many folks will get six or more per year.
Your first indication of the cold sore symptoms is often barely noticeable. In the cold sore area, you will feel symptoms such as a dryness, tingling, itching or burning. This indicates that you are in the first stage of a cold sore. The virus is moving to the surface nerve cells. Your cold sore will occur in a day or two.
Your cold sore symptoms greatly accelerate at this point. You will notice swelling of the cold sore site and the development of small, hard, pimple-like bumps that are quite painful. It is common at this point for you to experience a slight fever, headaches, and a general tired feeling. Your under-jaw lymph glands begin to swell.
Your tiny hard bumps now swell, burst open and merge to form a large open ulcer. Other common symptoms at this point are headaches, flu-like fever and running nose. Because your cold sore is created on the end of a nerve fiber, this is a very painful period for you.
You will experience enlarged and painful lymph glands under the jaw. A highly contagious, clear fluid, loaded with new virus, will weep from the sore. At this point you can easily cause someone else to become infected – or infect another site on yourself.
In a couple days your cold sore will scab over and begin healing. It will still be painful to the touch. Cracking of your scab is common and painful also. Your headaches, fever and swollen lymph glands should now be subsiding. As healing progresses, you will still experience itching and irritation of the cold sore.
Normally your scab will fall off in a few days. This will reveal new skin but healing will still be taking place beneath – which will continue to cause you itching and redness of the area for another week or two. Your fever and headaches should be about gone now. Your lymph glands should be greatly reduced.
You will find this final healing period can be quite frustrating. It seems to drag on forever. Also, while it is still healing, you could easily get your cold sore right back. You can prevent this by continued caution and use of your best cold sore remedy plan.
One final note of caution. I wish I had more space because there is so much to tell you about eliminating cold sores and avoiding these cold sore symptoms. Let me leave you with this.
You do not want to infect someone else, or cause a new infection somewhere else on your body. Use caution as cold sores are extremely contagious during all these cold sore symptoms.
Author: Denny BodohThis author has published 4 articles so far.