They cause itchy pain when you move your lips and they remain invisible under the lips. The pain and embarrassment caused by cold sores make you feel uneasy throughout the day. But when they begin to appear forming tiny blisters inside the lip, hardly you give them any attention. Only when a cluster of blisters takes the form of a sore causing enough pain and constant irritation you feel the urge to address the problem medically. Moreover, often they are confused with other types of sores. Here below we will let you know what exactly cold sores are and how to get to know that you have it.
What is cold sore?
Cold sore is a cluster of tiny blisters caused by Herpes Simplex virus and the sore is usually found in the lip, inner lip or around the mouth. Children are more prone to get infected by the virus and it persists for the rest of their life. It is found that about 90% of adults have the antibodies for the virus in their blood. It means most people got infected by it in some point of their life. Generally in most cases first infection of the virus causes symptoms pertaining to cold sore. But for the majority of people who continue to carry the virus after getting affected once it does not cause any symptom.
Primary Symptoms of Cold Sore
Symptoms of the disorder vary to a great extent depending on whether they are caused at the first outbreak or caused due to a recurrence. The primary and most prominent symptoms of this skin infection are as followed.
Tingling and Itching sensation: A tingling and itching sensation around the lip or mouth is the common symptom most people experience before the blisters of the sore begin to appear.
Appearance of tiny blisters: Tiny blisters come out mostly around the border of the lower and upper lip. In many cases blisters are also seen to appear around the nose or in cheeks. Blisters are fluid filled and they begin to grow in number making the sore bigger. Often small sized blisters merge with one another and burst causing open sores in the area.
Other Symptoms in First-time Cases
When the virus affects someone for the first time, it may cause elaborate symptoms besides sore blisters and itching pain. Other symptoms that can occur during first outbreaks include fever, muscle cramps, headache, sore throat, etc. These symptoms which occur generally at first outbreaks are seen more in children than adults. Weak immune system of children makes them more prone to develop elaborate symptoms. In children the disorder can spread to other areas of the body like the fingers or areas around the eyes.
Confusion on symptoms
Many people fail to differentiate symptoms in canker sores with cold sores. In children the disorder can be developed inside their mouths but the appearing lesions should not be misunderstood as symptoms of canker sores.
Cold sores are healed automatically if you have a strong immune system. Certain home remedies and natural medications can be useful to keep a check and reduce the symptoms gradually. If the sore continues to thrive after two weeks and if it gets worse causing severe pain you may need to seek physicians advice and treatment.
Cold sores can cause painful symptoms or can be non-symptomatic as well depending on the severity of the condition. Healthcare expert for viral disorders Brendon Buthello explains here the varying types of symptoms in different cases of cold sore. Immediately start looking for remedies of cold sore once you get any symptoms.