Stages of a Fever Blister

What Are The Stages Of Fever Blisters

Posted on 12/1/2011 6:28:21 AM

Fever blister on the lips can be characterized as a cluster of tiny, small sores or blisters formed within the surrounding of the lips. This condition is also known as cold sores. Every age, whether you are young or adult can suffer from this condition.

How It Is Acquired?

As you know, fever blister can spread from person to person. It can be due to direct contact or secretions of infection. In children it may due to the fact that they love rubbing and touching things and putting their hands into their mouth but in adults, it is acquired through kissing.

Symptoms of Fever Blisters

Cold sores on lips can cause due to infection called as herpes simplex virus type 1 or HSV-1. In the event that the primary infection starts to attack some of the symptoms of this condition are painful sores on gums or interior walls of cheeks, vomiting, nausea, soreness of mouth and throat, headache and fever. Aside from these symptoms that you need to look for is the actual stages that are also very important on determining the condition. In addition, the period of appearance of the symptom also differs.

Stages of Fever Blisters

  • The Tingle Stage: Day 1 to 2

  • Typically, an individual’s primary indication that fever blister in the lips is the sense or feeling soreness in the area. Some of these symptoms during these stages are swelling and tautness on the area. Occasionally this area will become reddened too.

  • The Blister Stage: Day 2 to 3

  • The first voluntary symptom of fever blister is the formation of outbreak that consists of fluid-filled blisters. Typically, these blisters are very tiny in size, which is smaller than the diameter and thickness of dime and they commonly form in cluster, which is not larger than nickel. Most of the times the individual blisters combine with other to create a large single blister.

  • The Weeping Stage: Day 4

  • At this stage the blisters caused by this condition commonly rupture after they formed and leaving a deep reddish ulceration, wherein the surface may turn to grey. Actually, this phase of cold sore could be the most painful phase. It is also during this stage, wherein the cold sore can become very contagious.

  • The Crusting Stage: Day 5 to 8

  • In areas which the fever blister lesion isn’t kept wet due to the moisture of the mouth, the ulcer will dry and may scab over with brownish crust. As you know, the creation of this scabbing is usually accompanied by burning sensation or itching. Usually the scab will break or crack and may lead to bleeding in some occasion.

  • The Final Phase: Day 9 to 12

  • During this stage it is now considered the healing period of the condition. Typically, a sequence of scabs would form on lesion and will subsequently flakes off. Every new scab will become smaller than the previous. Eventually, the sore will be resolved. According to livestrong.com fever blister may come back if the immune system of the person weakens.

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