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What symptoms are associated with cold sores?
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
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In brief: Just at ulcer site
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: Just at ulcer site
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
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Victor Zeines
Dentistry
In brief: See below
Go to natdent.Com under info local tenderness with a small “bump” is usually the first sign of a cold sore.
This can turn into a blister with increased tenderness. These blisters tend to break and release pus. The adjacent lymph nodes can become swollen and tender.

In brief: See below
Go to natdent.Com under info local tenderness with a small “bump” is usually the first sign of a cold sore.
This can turn into a blister with increased tenderness. These blisters tend to break and release pus. The adjacent lymph nodes can become swollen and tender.
Dr. Victor Zeines
Dr. Victor Zeines
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In brief: Tingling & pain sore
There is normally a tingling or itchy prodrome, redness to the area that blistering erupts and weeps fluid and finally crusts over.

In brief: Tingling & pain sore
There is normally a tingling or itchy prodrome, redness to the area that blistering erupts and weeps fluid and finally crusts over.
Dr. Simon Rosenberg
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