What are Cold Sore Symptoms?

7 symptoms you may experience

Some people who carry the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) virus experience no cold sore symptoms at all. For those who do, mild-to-severe symptoms appear around the lips or mouth area.

Cold sore symptoms you may experience

  • Pain
  • Itching
  • Dryness
  • Cracking
  • Redness
  • Scabbing
  • Irritation

Before a cold sore blister appears, some people even experience a sore throat, fever, swollen glands or painful swallowing.

Most cold sore symptoms go away in 7–12 days, but there are ways to reduce future outbreaks, like avoiding triggers. Use medicated lip balm to keep lips moisturized and treat your cold sore with Carmex® Cold Sore Treatment when you have an outbreak.

Carmex® Cold Sore Treatment contains a unique formula that provides fast relief for the 7 symptoms, helps promote healing and minimizes the appearance, so you can feel more comfortable while your sore heals naturally.*

*For treatment of symptoms associated with cold sores. Product does not treat viral infections or heal cold sores. When used to help conceal, individual results may vary. For external use only. Use only as directed.