Cold Sore Symptoms
What Are Cold Sore Symptoms?
Cold sores are blisters that form around the exterior lips or inside the mouth, caused by an infection with the “Herpes Simplex Virus.” In conversation, cold sores generally refer to blisters around the mouth and are known as Type 1. Anytime a single cold sore appears it is considered an outbreak, although outbreaks commonly produce multiple sores. Cold sores cause mild discomfort to extreme physical pain. Their severity usually depends on how many previous outbreaks have occurred, as well as how quickly antivirals for cold sores are taken.
“The Herpes Simplex Virus transfers easily between people often through normal human interaction, like kissing.”
What Are Cold Sore Outbreak Symptoms?
- Painful blisters on the mouth, lips, nose or throat
- Cold sore blisters will eventually pop and scab over to begin healing the affected tissue
- Mouth and throat pain
- Swelling in the neck
- Fever and body aches (similar to flu symptoms)
- Cold sore symptoms last about 12 days
Why Do I Have A Cold Sore?
How Do I Get Rid Of A Cold Sore?
How Do Antiviral Meds Work?
- If you experience infrequent oral outbreaks (less than 6 per year), then taking antiviral medication "episodically" will decrease the length and severity of the outbreak. It's essential to take the valacyclovir or acyclovir pill as soon as you feel cold sores coming on, and continue taking antivirals until the sores have fully regressed. Valacyclovir is taken once a day, whereas acyclovir is taken twice a day.
- If you experience frequent oral outbreaks (more than 6 per year), then taking antiviral medication "suppressively" will help prevent outbreaks before they happen. To suppress the outbreak and decrease the likelihood of transmission, antiviral medication must be taken every day. Suppressive treatments can reduce the chance of spreading the virus to sexual partners down to 1% and reduce the risk of an outbreak by 70%-80%, whereas episodic does not reduce spreading chances or outbreak chances.
Quick Links To Cold Sore Treatment
- Other common treatment of herpes sores focuses on minimizing the discomfort and pain of oral and genital sores. While cold sore cream for herpes is available over-the-counter, the most effective Topical Pain Cream For Herpes requires a doctor’s prescription. Prescription cold sore cream minimizes the pain and severity of oral ulcers during an outbreak.
- Because herpes medication works with your body’s natural defenses to fight the virus, another way to actively prevent outbreaks is by taking All-Natural Supplements that help strengthen the immune response when the virus flares up.