Blood Blister Symptoms
The blister is the result of the herpes simplex 1 virus. They affect more than 80% of Americans, and since the virus is very contagious, more start to show symptoms daily. But what exactly are the symptoms and how can you tell if you actually have a blood blister?
You should know that many people don’t experience symptoms during the first outbreak. Some people may develop a sore throat, or maybe feel some tingling in their mouth or throat. However, the symptoms of the recurring outbreaks are much easier to define. The symptoms vary from case to case, and usually last about 6-12 days, although up to 2 weeks is normal. If symptoms continue for more than 14 days with no major signs of improvement, it’s wise to see a doctor.
The most common symptom is the development of small, painful blood blisters. These blisters, usually called cold sores, are fluid-filled and usually rupture on their own. The blisters generally last for 3-5 days, and crust over after rupturing. They start out as red dots, and slowly develop into pimple-like infections. The blisters will heal on their own after 2 weeks or so, and usually do not leave scars.
Besides the actual fever blisters, there are some symptoms commonly associated with cold sores. People often experience fever, swollen neck glands, sore throat, body aches, and sore mouth/lips while suffering from cold sores. If you notice blisters near your mouth coupled with any of the listed symptoms, it’s safe to say that you have cold sores.
There is also a prodrome, or pre-symptom, associated with cold sores. Often times people feel cold sores coming, usually with a tingling or painful sensation. The sensation is felt around the area that the blisters usually develop – closely surrounding the mouth and lips. However, some people tend to feel the tingling inside their mouths, while others feel nothing at all. If you start to feel these symptoms, you can expect to develop cold sores within the next 1-3 days. If you notice it early and begin treatment, you may be able to stop the development of the actual blisters. If not, you can at least make it so they heal quicker and better.
Symptoms usually occur 1-4 times per year for people with the herpes simplex 1 virus. However, some people get sores only once every few years, while others get them 6-10 times per year. If you have or have had cold sores or blood blisters, I recommend doing some research and finding out how to treat them effectively. Fever blisters are unpleasant and often quite painful, and will only worsen if not treated. While there is no “cure” for cold sores, you can greatly lessen the effects with diet changes, home remedies and over-the-counter medications. If your problem gets very bad, I recommend seeing a doctor as home remedies cease to work after a certain point.