Symptoms of Cold sores
General information about symptoms of Cold sores: The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible symptoms of Cold sores. This symptom information has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of symptoms of Cold sores. Furthermore, symptoms of Cold sores may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of symptoms and whether they are indeed symptoms of Cold sores.
List of symptoms of Cold sores: The list of symptoms mentioned in various sources for Cold sores includes:
- No symptoms - up to 90% of cases are asymptomatic and subclinical; latent phase also has no symptoms.
- Lip ulcers
- Mouth ulcers
- Genital ulcers - rarely
- Corneal ulcers
- Conjunctival ulcers
- Recurrent cold sores throughout life
Symptoms of Cold sores: Both HSV 1 and 2 can produce sores (also called lesions) in and around the vaginal area, on the penis, around the anal opening, and on the buttocks or thighs. Occasionally, sores also appear on other parts of the body where the virus has entered through broken skin.1
More symptoms of Cold sores: In addition to the above information, to get a full picture of the possible symptoms of this condition and its related conditions, it may be necessary to examine symptoms that may be caused by complications of Cold sores, underlying causes of Cold sores, associated conditions for Cold sores, risk factors for Cold sores, or other related conditions.
Medical articles on symptoms: These general reference articles may be of interest:
1. excerpt from Genital Herpes, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID
Last revision: April 9, 2003
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