Cold sores often begin with a tingling or burning sensation before tiny blisters start on or near the lips. A cold sore is usually gone within a week or two and can be really upsetting while it lasts.
How Do You Know If You Have a Cold Sore?
- The first sign is a burning, tingling or itching feeling in the skin where the cold sore will erupt. If you have had a cold sore before, you will recognize this feeling as soon as it starts.
- Cold sores then develop as small blisters on the lips or around the mouth but can occur anywhere on the face. These blisters are filled with fluid.
- The blisters burst and crust over to form a scab.
- The scab gradually heals and is usually gone about 7–10 days after it started.
First published on: embarrassingproblems.com
Reviewed and edited by: Dr Anna Cantlay
Last updated: October 2020