Cold Sores Symptoms – How Long Do Cold Sores Last

cold sores symptomsIt has never been nice to suffer from particular diseases, even though they are not the life-threatening ones. If there are people telling you, the older you are, the more immune you will be or the healthier the lifestyle you do, the less severe the diseases that come to you; do not believe that. The fact is, no matter how well the lifestyle you maintain so far and no matter how old you are, you still have the opportunity to be sick for instance having cold sores. Never heard it before? In short, cold sores is a disease caused by an infection with the herpes simplex virus or HSV. Interestingly, when you get infected you do not automatically develop cold sores.

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:

  • Fever
  • Tingling and itching
  • Dehydration
  • Nausea
  • More saliva production than normal
  • Headaches

Note that the primary symptoms mentioned are more commonly seen in children under five years old.

 

Cold sores causes

When you are exposed to HSV, you are prone to cold sores yet it does not always happen. The question is how can cold sores threaten you? Some common triggers that cause cold sores to reappear are:
how long do cold sores last

  • 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
  • Pregnancy
  • 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.

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Updated: August 10, 2016 — 13:44


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