The symptoms of the herpes simplex virus vary, depending on the person and the stage at which they're infected. For example, different symptoms will be seen in children compared to those an adult would experience, whilst the types found in a primary infection will differ from those seen in a recurrent outbreak.
Primary infection in children
Usually seen in those under the age of five, the primary symptoms presented in children can include all or some of the following:
- Herpes simplex gingivostomatitis – described by the NHS as "swollen and irritated gums with small, painful sores in and around the mouth"
- Sore throat
- Swollen throat glands
- An increase in the production of saliva
- A temperature of 38 degrees Celsius or above (fever)
- Feeling sick
Primary infection in adults
It is rare for adults to experience a primary infection, however, when they do, the symptoms are similar to those suffered by children.
Adults may complain of a sore throat, fever, blisters and, potentially, swollen glands. They might also notice bad breath. The blisters around their mouths are likely to develop and will eventually turn into ulcers, typically with grey or yellow centres to them.
Recurring cold sore symptoms
Although some people might suffer with swollen glands during a recurring outbreak, usually the only symptoms experienced following initial exposure are the cold sores themselves.
The beginnings of the cold sore
People who suffer with cold sores state that, normally, they know one is on its way after feeling a tingling, itching, burning, or numbing sensation somewhere around the mouth area. These sensations are caused by the cells dying as the virus replicates itself.
Visible symptoms present themselves
After about a day, the person will notice small, fluid-filled blisters appearing. This is often the most painful stage and will typically lasts two days before the small blisters turn into larger ulcers.
These usually form somewhere on the outer edges of the lips and tend to reappear in the same place during every outbreak. The usual area affected will depend upon which sensory nerves the virus uses to travel back towards the skin cells, where it reactivates after dormancy.
The repairing time
Normally these ulcers will weep before scabbing over a few days later. They will completely heal without a scar shortly after this period.
Although cold sores will only last from eight to twelve days without treatment, the amount of discomfort, and potentially embarrassment, suffered by an individual during this time is well worth trying to reduce or avoid altogether.
Herstat cold sore treatment can be applied at any stage of the cold sore infection and will aid to reduce symptoms and speed healing.
After primary infection, you might no longer need to endure fever, blisters, headaches, nausea, or a range of other unpleasant symptoms, but those that persist – the cold sores – are still painful and best evaded completely.
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