Is cold sores a kind of chickenpox? No, it is not. The virus causing the disease is different, although both give you the sensation of fluid blisters appears on the skin. The good news is in most cases, cold sores will not make you be in pain for too long. The blisters break open, weep a clear fluid and crust over, then disappear in a few days.
Cold sores symptoms
Talking about cold sores symptoms, there are some of them you need to pay more attention to since they may bring discomfort that is hard to tolerate, for example, a sore mouth that disturbs eating and drinking activities and swollen lymph nodes in the neck. Other symptoms are:
- Tingling and itching
- More saliva production than normal
Note that the primary symptoms mentioned are more commonly seen in children under five years old.
Cold sores causes
- Sunlight exposure, especially in the lips
- Stress and fatigue
- Infections such as a cold or the flu
- Food allergies
- Dental treatment
- Weaken immune system
- Cosmetic surgery
- Hormonal changes caused by the menstrual cycle
Length of time to heal
How long do cold sores last? The answer is it depends on your immune system, but generally, it can last 7 to 14 days and up to 3 weeks for the sores to completely heal. If you see the symptoms in your children under 5 years old or probably in yourself, do not wait to contact your doctor for immediate treatment.