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5 Stages of Cold Sores Outbreak

5 Stages of  Cold Sores Outbreak

Cold sores progress through 5 stages during a 7-10 day period. If you know what is coming, it will help you be prepared.

Cold Sore Stage 1: Initial Symptoms

For more than 85% of cold sore sufferers, outbreaks often begin with symptoms such as a tingling, tightness, soreness, or itching around the lips (days 1-2 of an outbreak).

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Cold Sore Stage 2: Progression

As the infection develops (days 2-4 of an outbreak), clumps of red, fluid-filled blisters begin to form. This is the result of the virus waking up, multiplying, and the body beginning to fight back.

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Cold Sore Stage 3: Rupture

On day 4 or 5 of an outbreak, the blisters can burst open and may be very painful. At this point, the exposed and ulcerated sores will begin to scab over as the body enters the healing process.

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Cold Sore Stage 4: Scabbing

Around days 5-8 of an outbreak, scabs form. These are often itchy, may crack open, and can bleed. It means you’re nearing the end of the flare-up, so don’t pick at them.

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Cold Sore Stage 5: Resolution

Once the body has the virus back under control, the scabs will begin to peel off. For most people, this occurs 8-10 days from onset of symptoms without medication. After the scabs fall off, you may notice the skin underneath is pink or reddish for a while–that is to be expected.

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References:

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