Cold sore symptoms can be both obvious and difficult to spot if you are looking to prevent cold sores from occurring. If you have the herpes simplex virus then you will experience cold sores at some point in your life. If you don’t and you are merely looking to avoid contracting them from someone else, this information can also apply to you. However, keep in mind the virus can still be passed when you or someone else is NOT suffering from an outbreak. Because of this you should talk with your doctor about a daily medication that will help to suppress the herpes virus in your system and lessen the chance that you will pass it to someone else, as well as decrease the frequency of your outbreaks.
Some of the symptoms you may be experiencing are dry, cracked or bleeding skin. Areas that itch, burn and are swollen often around the mouth and lips. You may also feel feverish and run down, as the immune system is affected by the herpes virus as well. In fact, stress and illness are the two biggest triggers for cold sore outbreaks and to avoid an outbreak you should lead a healthy lifestyle and keep your stress levels down. You can use over the counter medications to deal with the pain, itching, burning and swelling, as well as some of the many home remedies to help minimize the appearance of the cold sore.
Ice packs are great for doing this and also help to numb the area, which will help you feel more comfortable. You can also use a tea bag compress for the same results as the caffeine and other ingredients stimulate the skin and stifle the development of the cold sore. Petroleum jelly can be used to protect and moisturize the area to help it heal faster and prevent scarring form occurring. Cold sore symptoms can be difficult to deal with, but the more you know about the virus the better prepared you can be for an outbreak to occur.