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Symptoms of Cold Sores (Herpes Simplex Type 1)
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- A blistering, painful rash of small ulcerations across the lips, gums, tongue, and the inside of the mouth. This is more common in children.
- Pain and blistering on the soft roof of the mouth, tonsils, and throat, which is more common in adults.
- Sore throat
- Decreased energy
- Muscle aches and pains
- Swollen glands in the neck
- Small, painful, fluid-filled, red-rimmed blisters
- After a few days, the blisters dry and form a scab
- Scabs heal in about five days, usually without scarring or loss of sensation
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Herpes simplex. DermNet NZ website. Available at: http://dermnetnz.org/viral/herpes-simplex.html. Updated December 29, 2013. Accessed February 17, 2014.
Kuehl B. Cold sores: how to prevent and treat them. Skin Care Guide website. Available at: http://www.skincareguide.ca/articles/herpes/to%5Fprevent%5Fcold%5Fsores.html. Accessed February 17, 2014.
- Reviewer: David L Horn, MD, FACP
- Review Date: 02/2014
- Update Date: 02/17/2014