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What are the stages of cold sores episodes?

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In brief: 3 I know of

Itchiness, eruption (seeing the sore) which can last 10-14 days and resolution.

In brief: 3 I know of

Itchiness, eruption (seeing the sore) which can last 10-14 days and resolution.
Dr. Theodore Ritota
Dr. Theodore Ritota
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Dr. Robert Brodsky
Dentistry

In brief: Many

After the initial event, 1.
A blister - like lesion 2. That breaks leaving a reddish ulcerated area. 3. This area kind of dries up, gets a whitish covering and heals over. 4. This takes about a weekto ten dahys. 5. It is sore once the initial blister breaks.

In brief: Many

After the initial event, 1.
A blister - like lesion 2. That breaks leaving a reddish ulcerated area. 3. This area kind of dries up, gets a whitish covering and heals over. 4. This takes about a weekto ten dahys. 5. It is sore once the initial blister breaks.
Dr. Robert Brodsky
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics

In brief: Blisters form & heal

Cold sores on the lips or near the lips, are usually caused by recurrent oral herpes virus.
They start as a slightly raised reddish area, with a bit of numbness & tingling there. Then comes a cluster of tiny blisters, which break open soon, with some pain; leaving a sore (ulcer) to heal up over a week. Sores appear more often when one is under stress or is ill from another illness.

In brief: Blisters form & heal

Cold sores on the lips or near the lips, are usually caused by recurrent oral herpes virus.
They start as a slightly raised reddish area, with a bit of numbness & tingling there. Then comes a cluster of tiny blisters, which break open soon, with some pain; leaving a sore (ulcer) to heal up over a week. Sores appear more often when one is under stress or is ill from another illness.
Dr. Robert Kwok
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