Learn About Genital Herpes - Your Guide To Manage Herpes In Your Life
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Cold Sore Symptoms - The Domino Effectfrom:
Knowing your personal cold sore symptoms and being
sensitive to them is an essential part of reducing the severity
- or completely eliminating - cold sore symptoms from your life.
Let me explain.
Cold sore symptoms are caused by the replication process of the
herpes simplex virus. 89% of people worldwide have this virus in
their body, so it is quite universal. 67% of those folks will
experience cold sore symptoms at least once - most often 2 or
more times - in the next 12 months.
There are NO cold sore symptoms when the herpes virus is latent
(sleeping) within your nerve cells. If they wake up due to some
physical stress like flu, colds, or mental stress - then the
cold sore symptoms start. And it's like a "domino effect" - from
one symptom to the next.
The first of the cold sore symptoms many call the itching
stage. The cold sore target area will starts to feel
uncomfortable. Itching, dryness, tingling, or burning sensations
are common. When you start feeling these cold sore symptoms -
beware! You are only a day or two away from more severe cold
The itching stage, without a doubt, is the most important of all
cold sore symptoms. Treating this phase of your cold sore
symptoms immediately and correctly is the secret to being cold
sore free for life.
To prevent further cold sore symptoms, or at least reduce their
impact, try applying ice. Herpes virus hates cold. Applying ice
during this phase sends the virus back to the latent stage for
I prefer ice because it's readily available almost anywhere you
are, it works very well and is basically free. Any cold object,
like a can of soda, will help. The important thing is - the
quicker you do this, the less likely you will have to suffer
further cold sore symptoms. If nothing else, your cold sore
symptoms will be a lot less severe.
Pain relievers and fever reducers like aspirin are often used
with much success during most of the symptoms. Some
over-the-counter treatments contain numbing agents will help
If you miss treating this symptom, then the other cold sore
symptoms start dropping like dominos - fast and furious.
The next of the cold sore symptoms is the inflammation phase.
Hard red bumps appear and some pain is apparent. Swelling of the
cold sore area develops. You may notice swelling of the lymph
glands under the jaw, tiredness, headaches, possibly a slight
fever - basically flu or cold like symptoms.
The red bumps burst and merge causing an open, weeping sore.
This is a quite painful time. Your nose may run, headaches are
common. The fluid is teaming with new viruses and this is by far
the most contagious period.
Use caution. A secondary bacterial infection here could greatly
extend and complicate your cold sore symptoms.
Within a couple days a yellowish crust forms over the sore.
Still very painful to the touch. Also, the crust often cracks,
as when you smile, and that's a major cause of pain in this
phase of cold sore symptoms.
You still may have headaches and feel feverish. Swollen lymph
glands start to reduce. The skin is healing under the crust so
there will be itching and general discomfort yet during this
phase of your cold sore symptoms.
Within a few days, maybe a week, the scab falls off. New skin
covers the wound. Healing is still taking place under the new
skin, producing a red spot for most people. This redness can
last from 1-3 weeks. Itching and irritation is still a problem.
Your lymph glands should be greatly reduced by now, but still
noticeable. The feverish feeling and headaches should be about
One final note on cold sore symptoms.
During the red spot period, the cold sore symptoms could
start all over again quite easily - not unlike getting a head
cold back right away.
The key to reducing or eliminating cold sore events in your life
is early detection and active treatment of your cold sore
About the author:
Denny Bodoh is a 33-year newspaper veteran and an alternative
health and nutrition research author. If you want to know more
about cold sore symptoms, and what you can do about them, visit
his wildly popular website. http://www.be-cold-sore-free.com
Copyright 2005 drbodoh
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