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Stages of a Cold Sore

Tingle and Itch
What to expect:
• A tingling sensation on the cold sore site
• Burning or itching
• Swelling, redness, and soreness
• Lasts 1 to 2 days
Applying Carmex® Multi-Symptom Cold Sore Treatment during this stage can help to temporarily relieve the itching.

Blister
What to expect:
• One blister or a cluster of blisters
• Inside each blister is fluid that’s clear and yellowish
• Lasts 2 days
Applying Carmex® Multi-Symptom Cold Sore Treatment during this stage provides temporary relief from pain and can help hide redness associated with the blister.

Scab
What to expect:
• Crusty, yellow scab
• Breaking open and bleeding
• Itching and burning
• Re-scabbing
• Lasts 2 to 3 days
Applying Carmex® Multi-Symptom Cold Sore Treatment during this stage helps provide temporary relief from dryness.

When to talk to your doctor:
Stop use and ask a doctor or dentist if:
• cold sore symptoms do not improve in 7 days
• irritation, pain, or redness persists or worsens
• swelling, rash, or fever develops

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